MISSOULA – Members of the community are invited to explore the wonders of the universe inside the planetarium at the University of Montana this summer. During each matinee show, experts will present on points of interest in the sky, from planets and stars to the Aurora Borealis.
UM’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will host 60-minute shows inside the Payne Family Native American Center Star Gazing Room from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. on the following Thursdays:
- June 21
- June 28
- July 12
- July 26
- Aug. 2
- Aug. 16
Tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under, and they are available for purchase at http://hs.umt.edu/physics/Outreach/default.php. All ages are welcome, but organizers find that children ages 7 and older enjoy the public shows the most, as the material often is presented at a more advanced level. Children must remain quiet and attentive for the entire program.
The maximum capacity for public shows is 28 people, so tickets are limited. Shows often sell out in advance, and tickets cannot be purchased at the door.
Attendees should arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the show to check in. The planetarium entrance will be locked after the show begins. As part of the Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute, UM’s planetarium is housed in the Star Gazing Room in the basement of the Native American center in Room 013.