The Casper Planetarium Has Re-Opened — Carefully

Smart Start Opening to the general public: 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.…

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A Great Time to Look For Mars!

Look for Mars in the night sky after 9:00 pm. Look for a reddish-orange dot in the East sky. Mars is visible now and will be at its brightest October 4 – October 17. It will arrive at opposition on October 13. Opposition occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Mars…

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Zoom In on the Perseverance Mars Rover Tonight!

Michele Wistisen, the recently retired Supervisor of the Casper Planetarium, and Ken Brandt of the Robeson Planetarium in North Corolina will give an online Zoom presentation on the Perseverance mission tonight (Thursday, Aug. 13) at 6 pm. You can find the meeting info below. The Perseverance Rover was launched on…

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Annular Solar Eclipse Tonight!

An annular solar eclipse is one in which the Moon does not cover the entire sun, leaving a “ring of fire” visible around the outside. These occur when the Moon is further away from the Earth and thus appears smaller in the sky. (Like many celestial bodies, the Moon’s orbit…

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Calling Curious Kids!

Are your kids full of questions? What are the planets like? Why do they have moons? How can people explore them? What animal left those tracks? Why are some clouds puffy and bright, and others dark and threatening? What’s that rock made of? Sign them up for a week of…

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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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Summer Astronomy and Earth Science Camps Are Back!

One of the things that make the Casper Planetarium’s summer camps so good is our faculty. We strongly believe that camps can be educational and entertaining at the same time. Meet the folks who make it happen: Michele Wistisen will be teaching our astronomy camps for 7 & 8 year…

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Summer Camps for 2020!

We will be holding a limited number of summer day camps for students this year. The number of students will be limited, and some of the camps will be held in a hybrid format, with in-person sessions at the Planetarium on Monday and Friday, and Tuesday through Thursday sessions conducted…

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More Planetarium Shows at Home!

Rice University is continuing their at-home planetarium show series with two more shows, Wednesdays, May 20 and 27, at 5pm MDT. These shows include a live Q&A session afterwards with the producer, Patricia Reiff, and the author, Carolyn Sumners. The programs are free and are conducted on the Zoom platform,…

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Story Time for Kids this Monday!

Laika the Astronaut

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) invites you to join them for a live reading of the illustrated children’s storybook, Laika The Astronaut, by Owen Davy. Laika is a stray dog living on the streets of Moscow when she is chosen to be the first ever animal launched into orbit. But…

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