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UW-Stevens Point planetarium offers laser light shows, space exploration

Metro Wire Staff

From laser light shows to planetary journeys around the solar system, experience the galaxy this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory.

Laser light shows set to rock music will be offered at 8, 9, and 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 27-30, and Nov. 3-6. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m. and will be valid for that evening only. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, and $4 for UW-Stevens Point students with I.D.

The laser show schedule includes:

· Oct. 27 and Nov. 4 – Laser Zeppelin
· Oct. 28 – Laser Vinyl (Classic rock with Kiss, Queen, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen, Pink Floyd and more)
· Oct. 29 and Nov. 6 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon
· Oct. 30 and Nov. 3 – Pink Floyd’s The Wall
· Nov. 5 – Laser Beatles

A free Junior Scientist program will be offered 3:30-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, in collaboration with the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History. “Phases of the Moon” will be offered in the planetarium.

Planetarium shows are offered at 2 p.m. Sundays. Shows are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated. Shows in November and December include:

· Nov. 7 – Mars Quest
· Nov. 14 – Planet Nine
· Nov. 21 – Imagine the Moon
· Dec. 5 – Destination Solar System
· Dec. 12 – Voyager Encounters

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Groups of eight or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or completing an online request form. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free, public viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings. Viewings will be held only if the skies are clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

The planetarium and observatory are located on the second and fourth floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building, 2001 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

Face coverings are required indoors at UW-Stevens Point.

Learn more at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs/Pages/default.aspx.

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