The Casper Planetarium Is Open

In order to protect our community and our staff, please keep the following in mind. PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK; DO NOT VISIT SCHOOL DISTRICT SITES OR BUILDINGS IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAS A FEVER OF 100.4 OR MORE. The Planetarium is a part of the…

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Not the Same Gift Everyone Else Gets

Got a curious young scientist on your birthday gift list?   Delight them with Science Kits from the Casper Planetarium.   The Green Rocket kit lets them use a recycled magazine and 2 plastic bottles to blast a paper rocket up to 80 feet in the air.   Build a 5-inch generator that…

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Fall Equinox

Also known as the Autumn equinox, occurs when sun moves directly over the Earth’s equator, bringing virtually the same amount of daylight and darkness on that day. This year’s fall equinox is on September 22.

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What is the Moon made of?

The moon is a rocky satellite that orbits the Earth. It has a thick rocky crust, with lunar soil called regolith and large basalt deposits, which are dark-colored rocks formed by rapidly cooled lava.

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Not Just Another Pretty Spinning Disk

Euler’s (pronounced “oilers”) Disk is a scientific educational toy. It demonstrates the dynamics of a spinning and rolling disk on a flat or slightly concave surface, using a carefully calibrated disk that spins for a much longer time than ordinary disks (such as spinning a coin on a tabletop). It’s…

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Explore Mars From Home!

The citizen science website Zooniverse has a new Mars project that you can help with from home! The Planet Four project asks you to examine photos like the one above in order to identify patterns that are caused by geysers of gas erupting through the southern polar ice cap on…

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Fun items for any occasion!

The Casper Planetarium’s gift shop is loaded with all kinds of toys: tops and slinkies, super balls, goos, slimes, and putties, kaleidoscopes, magnetic sculptures, squish balls, splat aliens … a universe of choices! We have one entire display case that have items that are $2.50 or less! Or thinking bigger…

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Casper Planetarium Shows Play Around the World

The Casper Planetarium does more than show programs created by others.   We create original programs in-house which are shown in planetariums all over the world, and much of that work is done by student interns under the previous direction of retired supervisor, Michele Wistisen and current Planetarium Supervisor Rod Kennedy.…

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Have fun with Putty … But Don’t Fill the Bathtub!

putty available in gift shop

We have lots of cool putties in our gift shop … magnetic putty, color-changing putty, clear glass putty, UV-reactive putty, glow-in-the-dark putty, shimmery metallic putty, and more. Sculpt it, splat it, twist it, roll it … but please, don’t do what the guy in this video did!

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See the Universe through NASA’s Eyes

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to makes one of its close passes by Jupiter. You can see it … and a universe of other cool stuff … using the NASA’s Eyes app. NASA’s Eyes is is free download that lets you explore the planets and moons of our solar system…

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