UM Announces Public Planetarium Shows For Spring

January 09, 2017

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

The 50-minute shows will be offered at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Fridays on the following dates: Jan. 20; Feb. 3 and 17; March 3, 17 and 31; April 14 and 28; and May 12.

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 often sell out far in advance, and tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

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 engaging 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. 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.

The UM Department of Physics and Astronomy is currently scheduling spring semester shows for youth and student groups, as well as private/community-based groups. For more information about booking a group event, visit


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