University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will host free, public shows at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium this summer, including “Cosmic Castaways” on June 28. Photo courtesy UW-Stevens Point.

STEVENS POINT – Take a few trips across the universe this summer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.

Shows for all ages will be offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Special youth-focused programs for ages 5-12 will be offered on select Wednesdays with story time at 5:30 p.m. and the show at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated and help continue these programs.

The schedule for June planetarium shows includes:

  • Monday, June 5 – “Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind”
  • Wednesday, June 7 – “Explore!”
  • Monday, June 12 – “Unveiling the Invisible Universe”
  • Wednesday, June 14 – “Back to the Moon for Good”
  • Monday, June 19 – “Phantom of the Universe”
  • Wednesday, June 21 – “Magic Globe” (6 p.m.), “The Sun, Our Living Star” (7 p.m.)
  • Monday, June 26 – “From Earth to the Universe”
  • Wednesday, June 28 – “Cosmic Castaways”

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Doors open 20-30 minutes before showtime. Groups of eight or more can schedule a special showing of any planetarium program through July 21, by calling 715-346-2120 or completing an online request form. There is a cost of $35 per group for these presentations.

The planetarium is on the second floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building, 2001 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m.

The Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory is closed for the summer and will reopen for viewings in mid-September.

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