University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Jean Creighton

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Dec 23, 2011 
UWM Planetarium hosts "The Lives of Stars"

“The Lives of Stars”, presented by the UW-Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium will highlight the fascinating life cycle of a star. This installment in the Friday Night Show series will take place from 7 to 7:55 p.m. each Friday from January 27 through March 9, 2012.

Although stars seem like permanent fixtures in our night sky, each star has a unique and finite lifetime. For decades astronomers have studied how different types of stars evolve through birth, adulthood, old age, and ultimately death. “The Lives of Stars” will track this progression and note some exciting changes stars endure when a star runs low on hydrogen fuel and can turn into an exotic object such as a black hole. After stellar evolution is explored, a portion of the program (20 minutes) will be devoted to viewing the current night sky.

A 5-minute Q&A session will conclude the show. Those interested in attending the event can obtain additional information about parking and directions at the UWM Planetarium’s website, Please note the UWM Planetarium is wheelchair accessible and these shows are not recommended for children under the age of five. The planetarium is open to the public and general admission is $2.

About the UWM Planetarium: The UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium is located on 1900 East Kenwood Boulevard in the Physics building on the corner of Kenwood Boulevard and Cramer Street. As a center for astronomy education and appreciation with over 10,000 visitors annually, a variety of programs are available for the general public including AstroBreak and Friday Night Shows, as well as stargazing on select evenings throughout the year. School and private group visits are also available. Please see our website for details on all our programs.