May 26, 2021
Lava lakes, as shown in this poster from Loki Patera’s Planetary Park, will be discussed during a UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium show, titled “Solar System Vacation,” on Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. (planetarium photo UW)
The longest day of the year – June 20 – better known as the summer solstice, will be celebrated by the Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium at the University of Wyoming with two free programs scheduled the day before.
âIf you’ve never been and aren’t sure what we’re up to, come to one of our free programs on June 19 to celebrate the Midsummer in the Planetarium and with the Filter Telescope solar on the roof of the STAR Observatory, âsays Max Gilbraith, the planetarium coordinator. âAs campus security protocols become simpler, we can open up additional seats to clients. So, although reservations are recommended, they are no longer necessary. “
A film and a special live lecture for the public will be presented each week.
To obtain tickets or receive more program information, send an email to [email protected] or leave a voicemail message and callback phone number at (307) 766-6506. Tickets cost $ 5 for the public and $ 3 for students, seniors, veterans, first responders, and under-18s. Cash or checks are accepted at the door. The planetarium, with a capacity of 58 seats, is located in the basement of the physical sciences building.
The June schedule is as follows:
– “Holiday of the solar system”, Friday June 4, 7 pm. This program will allow visitors to visit the most exciting and relaxing places in the solar system. See giant ice geysers, lava lakes, and aurorae, or watch the sunset over methane lakes over the sun’s bizarre moons and planets.
– Film in full dome: âDark Matter Mysteryâ, Saturday June 5, 2 pm This show takes visitors on the greatest quest of contemporary astrophysics. Find out why dark matter exists and how this research is one of the most stimulating and exciting sciences to offer.
– âWyoming Skiesâ, Tuesdays June 8 and 22, 7 pm. This program offers an exploration of the stars, constellations, planets and other celestial phenomena visible from Laramie for the season.
– âNavigate in the starsâ, Friday June 11, 7 pm. This show will look at some of the ways people used the stars and how those ways came to be. Learn how the stars can tell us the time, our location on Earth, and even our place in the universe.
– Film in full dome: “From the Earth to the Universe”, Saturday June 12, 2 p.m. The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and of fear people have always been. Discover this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of ancient Greek astronomers to today’s largest telescopes.
– âExtreme Explorersâ, Friday June 18, 7 pm. Humans cannot survive most environments on Earth without specially designed clothing, shelter, and advanced infrastructure for food and water. What about the space? Probes, landers, rovers, and other craft require incredible engineering to survive the extreme radiation, heat, cold, weather, chemistry, and climates of deep space. Learn what robots and maybe people need to endure in these places.
– âCelebration of the solsticeâ, Saturday June 19, 11 am and noon. What are the reasons for the seasons? Explore the movements of the Earth, the sun, the moon and other planets. Learn how our ancestors marked and respected time. These summer solstice shows are free.
– Full movie: “Europe towards the stars”, Saturday June 19, 2 p.m. This film takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes of the world’s most productive terrestrial observatory – the European Southern Observatory – revealing the science, history, technology and people.
– âScience of Sci-Fiâ, Friday June 25, 7 pm. This program takes a look at some popular movies, TV shows, and media to discuss what the creators got right and wrong about hard science. Visitors will see everything from fun physics faux pas to groundbreaking visuals that advance the body of scientific knowledge.
– Film in full dome: “Dawn of the Space Age”, Saturday, June 26, 2 p.m. From the launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, to the magnificent lunar landings and private space flights, the public will be immersed and overwhelmed by this historical reconstruction the most precise of man’s first steps in space.
All programs last approximately one hour. When time permits, part of the show may also focus on a live sky tour or additional information related to the subject of the film.
If you have a group of more than six people, it is recommended that you contact the planetarium for a private show at https://uwyo.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bKuqIynOn7gFK2F, explains Gilbraith. The price for private shows is the same as tickets for public shows, he says.
“If you are hosting a summer camp or other group activity, contact us as soon as possible to make sure your field trip, birthday party, reunion, or other private event can accommodate the schedule. He said.