The University of Nebraska at Kearney will present the planetarium show “Night Sky Sampler” in the Bruner Hall of Science on Friday, Feb.1 at 7 p.m.
The show, led by guest presenter Dan Glomski, will give the audience a fresh look at the current night sky, accompanied by unique themes to make the experience more memorable, so viewers can pinpoint constellations in the sky afterward.
The show is free and open to the public, and tickets will be available before the show on a first-come basis just outside the planetarium. Advance reservations are not available for public shows, but an encore show may be presented at 8 p.m. if there is an overflow at the 7 p.m. show. Even though the shows are free-of-charge, donations of dry or canned goods for a local food pantry are accepted.
The UNK planetarium is considered the most modern planetarium between Chicago and Phoenix, and can seat 60 people. A $600,000 NASA grant helped fund the new planetarium, which features a state-of-the-art projector, the Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4. Using fiber optic technology, each star is individually projected on the dome, creating a replica of the night’s sky. Since the functions of the projector are controlled entirely by a computer, it is possible to use the planetarium to navigate to any place or time, whether it is in the past or the future.
Children must be at least five years old to attend a planetarium show, and no food or drinks are allowed inside. Once the show has started, no one will be admitted to the planetarium, and anyone who leaves during the show will not be re-admitted.
The UNK Department of Physics and Physical Science presents educational shows to school groups and private organizations at no charge during the fall and spring semesters at UNK. For more information, please contact the UNK Department of Physics and Physical Science Office at 308-865-8277, or visit the planetarium website at www.unk.edu/academics/physics/UNK_Planetarium.
Shows are presented at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Upcoming shows are scheduled March 1, April 5 and May 3