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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 f… read more
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Past Events

Capture the Beauty

Capture the Beauty

Anywhere, WI
Join us to witness the beauty of the night sky through the photographs taken by a local landscape astrophotographer, John Rummel. John will also explain how he was able to capture these remarkable images. John has spent years researching and seeking out some of the darkest places in the continental…
Friday, June 5 2020 7:00 PM 8:00 PM

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

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

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

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

Live Virtual Planetarium Event: Spring Constellations

Live Virtual Planetarium Event: Spring Constellations

Anywhere, WI
Join us Wednesday night for another live virtual planetarium event! The event is FREE, but you will need to get a “ticket” for your household in order to join us. We will show you how to spot the elusive planet, Mercury, and teach you how to spot some of our favorite spring constellations. We will …
Wednesday, May 20 2020 7:00 PM 8:00 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

Live Virtual Planetarium Event: The Moon

Live Virtual Planetarium Event: The Moon

Anywhere, WI
The Moon, our closest celestial neighbor, looms gloriously in our daytime and nighttime sky. It’s the most accessible object in space for amateurs to observe, and one of the most impressive. Join us to explore features on the Moon, and tips for you to explore the Moon on your own. If weather permit…
Friday, May 29 2020 7:30 PM 8:30 PM

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MMSD Planetarium 201 S Gammon Rd Madison, WI 53717
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