UM Announces Summer Public Planetarium Shows

May 18, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Department of Physics and Astronomy invites the public to its summer planetarium shows in the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room this May through August.

The 50-minute shows will be offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Thursdays May 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, and Aug. 4 and 18.

Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under, and are available for purchase at The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows generally sell out far in advance and are not available the night of the show.

Each program will take attendees on a tour of the current night skies of Missoula, pointing out noteworthy objects, constellations, planets or upcoming events visible in the night sky. The show then will shift to an engaging topic, or set of topics, chosen by that evening’s presenter.

Attendees should plan to arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the show to check in. The planetarium entrance will be locked after the show begins.

Though the Star Gazing Room is booked through the end of May for visiting school groups and private groups, the UM Department of Physics and Astronomy currently is scheduling summer shows for youth groups, private groups and nonprofit organizations. For more information about the summer showings or about booking a group event, visit


Contact: Mark Reiser, outreach coordinator, UM Department of Physics and Astronomy, 406-243-2074,