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UWSP to offer planetarium shows on Sunday, Monday nights

Metro Wire Staff

How did people living in ancient times discover astronomy? A new program at the UW-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium will answer that question in a series of public shows that kick off Jan. 20.

“Dawn of Astronomy” will be offered at 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, and March 3. Open to the public free of charge, the show looks at prehistoric stones, the pyramids and early shrines to see how our ancestors linked themselves to celestial events, measured time and determined directions.

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 winter 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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