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Telescopes in Space

Anywhere, WI CST
There are currently over 20 observatories in service out in space! Launching observatories off of our planet is more expensive, so why do we do it? What are they doing and what have they taught us? We will explore these ques… read more
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Past Events

Live Virtual Planetarium Event: Gravity Rules! (Friends-Only)

Live Virtual Planetarium Event: Gravity Rules! (Friends-Only)

Anywhere, WI
Don't let gravity get you down! Join us as we take a fun look at this attractive but heavy topic. Is gravity a hero or a villain? What has gravity done for you? We'll try to explore these weighty questions and the current night sky in this virtual planetarium event.  ONLY ONE ticket required per h…
Tuesday, January 19 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Surprises and Mysteries at Jupiter

Surprises and Mysteries at Jupiter

Anywhere, WI
Since Jupiter was likely the first planet in the Solar System to form, understanding this giant and how it formed is fundamental to deciphering the origin story of all of the planets. Using instruments aboard the Juno spacecraft, astronomers are peering below Jupiter's cloud decks to learn about it…
Wednesday, November 17 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Venus the Forgotten Planet

Venus the Forgotten Planet

Anywhere, WI
Now that Venus is becoming visible in the evening sky, we will explore the past, present, and future of the planet that is often referred to as Earth's sister. Did you know that Russian scientists have successfully flown instruments in Venus' atmosphere using balloons? Join us to explore the curren…
Wednesday, May 19 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Gravity Rules

Gravity Rules

Anywhere, WI
Don't let gravity get you down! Join us as we take a fun look at this attractive but heavy topic. Is gravity a hero or a villain? What has gravity done for you? We'll try to explore these weighty questions and the current night sky in this virtual planetarium event.  ONLY ONE ticket required per h…
Wednesday, January 20 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Mega Volcanoes on Mars

Mega Volcanoes on Mars

Anywhere, WI
Mars, the second smallest planet, is home to some of the largest volcanoes in the Solar System. However, recently, astronomers have found evidence that Mars's biggest eruptions came from smaller volcanoes. Some eruptions blasted the equivalent of 400 million Olympic-size swimming pools of ash, molt…
Wednesday, October 20 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Star Stuff

Star Stuff

Anywhere, WI
What are we made of, and where did it come from? These are fundamental questions to our existence! Join us to explore the beauty and power of our origins, from the Big Bang, to nebulae, stars, and supernovas. We will also explore the current night sky and give you an update on the Mars rovers. ONL…
Tuesday, March 23 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Earth

Earth

Anywhere, WI
Our planet is a beautiful, complex, and dynamic world. In celebration of Earth Day and Earth Week, join us to celebrate "this floating body we all call home." As we learn about this blue orb we share, we will compare it to our neighbors, Venus and Mars, and we'll examine its health. We will also ex…
Wednesday, April 21 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Magnificent Flying Machines

Magnificent Flying Machines

Anywhere, WI
This year we celebrate two milestones for one of the most amazing vehicles ever flown in space, the Space Shuttle. The first spaceflight was 40 years ago, and the last was 10 years ago. We will explore what made these five flying machines so remarkable, and compare them to vehicles taking astronaut…
Wednesday, September 22 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

Landing on Mars

Landing on Mars

Anywhere, WI
In February 2021, 3 spacecraft from 3 nations will arrive at Mars. On February 18th, NASA's Perseverance Rover will attempt to land. China and the United Arab Emirates have spacecraft arriving as well. Join us for this virtual program to learn more about these missions and to explore the current ni…
Tuesday, February 16 2021 6:30 PM 7:30 PM

The Great Winter Solstice Conjunction

The Great Winter Solstice Conjunction

Anywhere, WI
Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest in our sky that anyone has seen since the year 1226, almost 800 years ago! You can witness this with your own eyes, and it will still be special. But what we're hoping for is the ability to see both Jupiter and Saturn in the same field of view in a telescope. …
Tuesday, December 22 2020 5:00 PM 6:00 PM

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MMSD Planetarium 201 S Gammon Rd Madison, WI 53717
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