University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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Friday Night Show

2015 Schedule

Terrific Telescopes
(Jan 16 - Feb 27)

Spring Stars and their Myths
(March 27 - May 1)

Pluto Rocks!
(July 22-24 & July 29-31)

Science & Cinema
(Sept 4 - Oct 9)

Einstein's Last Prediction
(Nov 6 - Dec 11)

Archived Shows

Friday Night Show

Pluto Rocks!

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 22-24 & July 29-31, 2015
7-7:55 p.m
Tickets: $3 each
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building

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NASA's New Horizons is set to pass by Pluto this July and help us learn about the outer frozen worlds of our solar system.  Audiences will learn the history of Pluto, the discovery of other Kuiper Belt objects and what New Horizons could teach us about the former 9th planet.  Shows will run Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night at 7 to 7:55 p.m. from July 22 to July 24 and July 29-31, 2015. Tickets are $3.

This program will explore what prompted Pluto to lose its status as a planet and what the definition of a planet is.  Audiences will also learn the history of how we discovered other planets including Uranus and Neptune.

The show, as always, includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patterns such as the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia, but also other astronomical objects such as the Center of our Galaxy and beautiful star clusters. 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!