“Oooh and Aaahs” at the Planetarium Show

The planetarium shows hosted by Earth and Environmental Sciences are starting up again this year. Dr. Siobahn Morgan, Professor of Astronomy and Earth Science Department Head has been leading the shows since they began in the spring of 2012. The planetarium shows take place every Thursday evening until March 12 with two show times. The first show begins at 7:00 p.m. and the second show begins at 8:00 p.m. The shows are located in room 105 Latham Hall. These planetarium shows are FREE and open to the public and UNI students.  The planetarium seats 25.
The Earth Science Department began offering shows a few years ago following the installation of a new computer controlled projector system. The new system provides Dr. Morgan the opportunity to give the public a dynamic presentation and greater flexibility in what she can display. This time of year a planetarium allows a view of the night sky without the danger of frostbite!
When you attend the shows, you will learn about the stars and constellations in the night sky and what to look for when you head outside. Dr. Morgan will answer questions and point out special objects in the sky such as planets and interesting objects. “I always hope that visitors to the planetarium learn something about science and to recognize the changes that occur over the course of the night, or even a longer term.  I also provide some information about the mythology or legends that are linked to some of the constellations, which are sometimes quite interesting.”
Dr. Morgan’s favorite part about these shows are the “oohs and aaahs” from the group. “When young children attend, they love to name and find all of the animals in the sky. It is just so much fun when the audience is excited about seeing more things in the sky.”
If you are looking for something to do now through March 12 go and check out the “oohs and aaahs” for yourself. The     planetarium shows provide UNI students and families a wonderful experience to discover more about our night sky while staying warm!

Stefani Keller, UNI STEM