University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

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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

Special Event

Solstice Celebrations

Tuesday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 19
7-8 p.m.

Tickets: $2
Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building

Solstice Celebrations will take the audience on a trip around the globe to observe unique ceremonies and traditions tied to the summer and winter solstices.  People here may view our summer solstice simply as a long and  beautiful day, while in other parts of the world this celestial event is regarded as sacred.  In countries located in the southern hemisphere, such as Bolivia, crowds of people gather to greet the sunrise as a sign of what will soon be an end to their long winter nights.  Almost everywhere the solstice is a time for family to get together, so come down to the UWM Planetarium and learn how the world participates in this season changing event. 

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, Cygnus, and Sagittarius.  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!