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Charles Z. Horwitz
Planetarium

Located in the Retzer Nature Center


Public
Programs


Three-moon-planet



Admission:


All General Admissions - $4



Reservations
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Reservations for large groups appreciated:
Call
Waukesha County Department of
Park and Land Use,
Parks System Division
(262) 548-7801


Waukesha County's Retzer Nature Center



All public programs begin with a brief tour of the current evening sky.  
This includes, visible planets, finding directions, locating the moon,
and identifying some favorite seasonal constellations.






Public  Planetarium Shows


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June, July, August

There are no public programs scheduled for the summer months,
however the planetarium is available by appointment for groups of ten or more.
Please call (262) 896-8423 to arrange a program.


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Here it is!

Our

Spring Schedule!

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March
7, 14, 21, 28

big dipper

Children’s show
11:00 am
The Sky Tonight
Reach up and paint the sky blue, make a rainbow,

sing a song about space and clap to the music

as we all meet Joe Star, Marsha Moon and 

Mike Meteor in this fun, participatory

sky theater program.

glaxy

General show
1:00 pm
The Universe of Dr. Einstein
Made possible by a grant from the 

National Science Foundation, 

this program examines Einstein’s life, 

his discoveries in physics and his theories of relativity.

Einstein’s discoveries penetrated into the hearts

of stars as well as the far reaches of the universe. 


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April

11, 18

space shuttle

Children’s Public
11:00 am
3-2-1 Blastoff
A magical video game turns real and

takes the audience on a journey past the sun, 

moon and planets in our solar system.

Join us as we see the Earth from space,

land on the surface of Mars, and

even fly through the rings of Saturn.

At the end of the show, we return 

everyone safely back to Earth.

Great for all ages!

black hole

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General Public
1:00 pm
Voyage to the Edge of the Universe
This fascinating show presents close-up views of the sun,

moon and planets, then takes the audience

into deep space to explore white dwarfs,

neutron stars and black holes.  Also in this program scientists

explore some of the most current trends

in human and robotic space exploration.

earth

Earth Day
April 25
Every 30 min.  9 – 4:00
Spring Sky Legends
This spring season sky show presents favorite

constellation characters like Hercules, the Strong Man,

Hydra, the Water Snake and Leo, the Lion.  Each of these

magically come alive in the sky to tell of their fantastic stories.
   

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May
2, 9, 16, 23, 30

fancy star

Children’s Public
11:00 am
Wish Upon a Star
A little girl and her parents spend a 

night out under the stars. Together they 

explore constellations, moon, planets, 

and even see meteors (shooting stars).

sextant

General Public
1:00 pm
The Explorers
This program takes the audience on an ocean

voyage of the Pacific in a small vessel that finds

its way by the stars.  This celestial navigation show

will leave you with a great appreciation for our early ocean explorers.

Star banner

June
6, 13, 20, 27

Card Rocket

Children’s Public
11:00 am
“The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”

This delightful space fantasy begins when children 
make their own cardboard rocket.  
The rocket becomes real and takes them on a 

fantastic adventure past the sun and planets.

planet plato

General Public
1:00 pm
“New Horizons – Mission to Pluto”


In July, this summer, the NASA “New Horizons”

spacecraft will reach the planet Pluto.  

Scientists will use the sensitive equipment onboard 

this probe to unravel the hidden secrets 

of this amazing “Dwarf Planet.”

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July, August

There are no public programs scheduled for the summer months,
however the planetarium is available by appointment for groups of ten or more.
Please call (262) 896-8423 to arrange a program.



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