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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
(April to May)


Archived Shows

Friday Night Show

How to be an Astronaut

Fridays, June 20 - July 18, 2014, no show July 4
7-8 p.m. & 8:15-9:10 p.m.
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building

Have you ever wondered what it's like to work at NASA?  How to be an Astronaut will feature a segment about Jean Creighton's time aboard SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory of Infrared Astronomy) and the experience of training as a "Junior Varsity Astronaut." Audiences will also learn of the role a full-fledged astronaut plays in space exploration and observation. It will unfold the stories of astronauts from their first childhood excitement of astronomy all the way through to their return home from space and the potential effects it could have on the human body.

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 Hercules, and the Northern Crown.  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 $2 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!