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Friday Night Show

2014-15 Schedule

A night in Greece
April 4 to May 9)

How to be an Astronaut
(June 20 to July 18)*
*no show July 4

The Red Planet
(Sept 12 to Oct 24)

Constellations of the Zodiac
(Nov 7 to Dec 12)

Terrific Telescopes
(Jan 16 to Feb 27)

Spring stars and their myths
(March 27 to May 1)


Archived Shows

Friday Night Show

The Red Planet

Fridays, September 12 - October 24, 2014
7-8 p.m
Tickets: $3 each
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building

After 10 years of exploration on Mars, NASA believes it can send a human to the Red Planet around 2035.  Is it even possible for humans to survive there?  What has robotic exploration taught us so far?  To answer these questions and more, The Red Planet will showcase Mars exploration and NASA's future endeavors.  The show will take the audience on an in-depth look of the Mars rover program, beginning with early rover, opportunity, and ending with future rover, Mars 2020.  Audiences will also get to explore questions such as: Why do we want to go to Mars?  Has Mars ever sustained life?  What can Mars exploration teach us about energy production and waste management on Earth?

The show, as always, includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patterns such as the Big Dipper but also other astronomical objects such as Pegasus, and Andromeda.  Guests will be able to ask questions at the end of the program.


First time at the planetarium?

Here's what you need to know! The UWM Planetarium is both wheelchair accessible and family friendly; however, shows are not recommended for children under the age of five due to the darkness of the room.

Tickets go on sale in the Physics building lobby about half an hour prior to the shows. Admission is $3 per person. Please bring singles! We do not accept credit cards.
Please arrive early to ensure seating; tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis. The doors will be locked upon commencement of the program.

For more information on how to find us, please see Directions & Parking.  

For more information, call 414-229-4961 or email 

We look forward to exploring the cosmos with you!