Public Show Schedule for 2021-22 !

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    Public Show Schedule for 2021-2022 

    Gary E. Sampson Planetarium, Wauwatosa West High School,11400 West Center St., Wauwatosa, WI 53226 

    All shows start promptly at 7:00 PM and last approximately 1 hour. A live tour of the current night sky is a part of every program. Reserve your seats now by calling 414-773-3390 and following the prompts on the reservation line. Be prepared to state the date you would like to attend, your last name with spelling, the number of guests in your party, and a phone number where you can be reached in case the show needs to be postponed or canceled. NEW THIS YEAR, via the Wauwatosa School District Facebook Page. Click on the search button on the WSD page and search for the planetarium to see our events and other posts, as shown below:

    Public shows are set up as events - just find the show and date that you would like to attend, fill out the five-question form, and your reservation request is complete! You will only hear from me if there is a problem with your reservation request. 

    ** Denotes shows that are **NEW** to the Gary E. Sampson Planetarium! 

    Spooky Space Tuesday, October 26th, and Thursday, October 28th 

    Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the stars - the stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts – and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae! Join for this fun, educational, spooky show! Spooky Space is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum. 


    Two Small Pieces of Glass Monday, November 8th, and Thursday, November 11th 

    Follow along with two students as they visit a local star party. Along the way, they learn all about telescopes from a female astronomer. Learn about the two major types of telescopes, the history of the telescope from Galileo to the present, and the future of astronomy. Aiming to appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. Two Small Pieces of Glass is a production of the Imiloa Astronomy Center, the Buhl Planetarium, and Interstellar Studios. 


    ‘Tis the Season Thursday, December 9th, Friday, December 17th, and 

    Monday, December 20th 

    Join us for the full-dome version of this holiday favorite! This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice - from Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, and Mexican cultures. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles to Santa Claus. The primary focus of this show are possible astronomical explanations for the star of Bethlehem. ‘Tis the Season is produced by Loch Ness Productions, and based on a script by James G. Manning.


    **Stargazers of Africa, Tuesday, February 8th, and Thursday, February 10th 

    From the dawn of time, Africans look to the skies above for inspiration and guidance. Join us for a journey to Africa and connect the stars, constellations, moon, and planets to the people across this great continent. Learn about Nabta Playa, the “African Stonehenge”, temples of Egypt, creation stories, and more! The sky tour for this show will focus on the southern sky, rather than Wauwatosa’s sky. Stargazers of Africa is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    It's About Time Thursday, March 3rd, and Tuesday, March 8th 

    Time impacts us every day – but what is it exactly? Where does time come from? Explore these mysteries and more in this new show. Join friendly robots Tortoise and Hare in their voyage around the Earth and beyond to discover the wild origins of time! It's About Time is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    **Constellations!  Thursday, April 7th, and Tuesday, April 12th 

    Connect to the sky above in this great new Planetarium program. Explore star, nebula, and moon constellations! Travel the world to discover dazzling stories from the stars of the Big Dipper, including Native American stories from North America. Learn about Algol, Medusa’s evil eye.  Find out why Orion and Scorpius are never seen in the night sky at the same time. Travel far into the future to a time when the constellations will no longer appear as they do today.  Learn what "pareidolia" means and how to pronounce it!  Constellations  is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    The Sun, Our Living Star Thursday, May 5th, and Tuesday, May 10th 

    The Sun has shone on our world for 4.5 billion years. Its light and heat have been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather, and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky – day by day, month by month – was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format. Please join us for this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives.