The DigiStar system is up and running!
It is FANTASIC!!
Public Planetarium Shows
All shows $5.00 per person
Unless otherwise noted.
The planetarium has a new look
Premieres New Video
For 39 years, the School District of Waukesha’s Charles
Horwitz Planetarium has been using slides for its basic form of media
Now the planetarium will celebrate the beginning of its 40th year
with the premiere of a completely new digital sound and video technology.
Digistar 6, will be combined with a new 7.1
surround sound system to transform the planetarium dome into an incredible
immersive experience for visitors. Without leaving their seats, audiences can
now trek through a rain forest, climb the heights of Mt. Everest or explore the
depths of the world’s oceans.
Our focus will still be space; after all we are a
planetarium. With the new system we will
be able to travel to galaxies, nebula, star clusters, and much more. The stars will be brighter and have richer
star colors. You will be able to see the
full subtle textures and colors of the Milky Way or travel to the Sun, Moon,
planets, and deep-sky objects. The
aurora colors will be vivid and all around you.
Digistar 6 allows us so much more flexibility in presentations on the
As Darth Vader once said:
“Impressive, most impressive
When will this system
be able to be experienced?
Our Digistar 6 system will debut this fall during the Retzer
Nature Center’s Apple Harvest Festival.
What is Digistar 6?
It is high powered computer software that is used by NASA
for training, along with a high-powered “host” computer and four,
high-resolution “graphic processing” computers.
The 4,000 pixel presentation is made possible by sending the rendered
graphic images through two new laser-phosphor video projectors to obtain high
resolution images on our 40 foot dome.
Beginning in September, a new library of school and public
programs will be available. For a
complete list of programs, please see Waukesha County’s Environmental Guide, or
visit the Charles Horwitz Planetarium website:
Finally and most
This entire $330,000 project was made possible by the
generous donations of the “Friends of Retzer Nature Center,” the School
District of Waukesha and the supportive public and private fund-raising
activities promoted by the “Friends of the Charles Horwitz Planetarium.”
Here are our new shows:_________________________________________________________
Due to delivery issues, the June show will now be:
The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
(Recommended for Grades 3 - 6)
June 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 11:00 am
The children in this show learn about our
solar system using a cardboard rocket
and a mysterious talking astronomy book.
June 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 1:00 pm
Discover why the sky is blue, Mars is red and why things appear the colors they do.
Then step into the invisible universe to investigate the electromagnetic
energy all around us from the infrared light of a roaring
fire to the X-rays emitted by a black hole.
July / August
There are no public programs scheduled for the months of
July and August
but programs for groups of 10 or more can be
arranged by special request. (262)896-8423 or (262) 896-8007