UWSP kicks off fall season of planetarium shows

For the Metro Wire

Can you tell your future from the stars? Was the Apollo landing a hoax? Learn more about popular astronomy myths and misconceptions at a show this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.

The show “Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions” will be presented Sundays at 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 16 and 23. Free and open to the public, the show features “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait as he challenges audiences to think critically about science and the cosmos.

On Monday evenings, the “Night Sky” program is offered at 8 p.m. in the planetarium to look in detail at objects in the current night sky.

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or completing an online request form at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings 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 at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.

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