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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
.
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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2016 Fall / Winter Shows!


September 2016 – February 2017

All shows $4.00 per person
Unless otherwised noted.




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apples


September 17
“Apple Harvest Festival”

Programs each half-hour:
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Admission $2.00 per person

 “Voyage to the Edge of the Universe”

This beautiful astronomy show begins with the night sky, as seen from our own backyards.
The audience is then taken on a journey past the moon, the sun,
the planets and on to distant stars in our Milky Way.
Great for the whole family!



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October
1,  8,  15,  22,  29


star yellow smilely face

11:00 am

 “Wish Upon a Star”

A little girl and her parents enjoy a night camping out under the stars.
Together, they explore the stars, moon, planets and meteors (shooting stars).




black hole


1:00 pm

 “Black Holes and Quasars”

Some of the most fascinating astronomy theories are those which involve
the explosive deaths of massive stars.
This program explores the strangest objects in the universe,
white dwarfs, neutron stars, quasars and black holes.




October 14
“Howl-O-Ween”

Programs each half-hour
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Park event admission applies


earth


“The Mysteries of Starship Earth”

This fast-paced astronomy presentation uses spectacular
visuals to answer questions about our home planet Earth.
Views of Earth from space, reasons for the seasons,
and earth’s place in the universe are explored.







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November
5,  12,  19


milky way

11:00 am

 “Our Place in Space”


This award-winning, participatory children’s planetarium show,
introduces jungle animals and a space crossword puzzle to
explore the wonders of the universe.  A family classic!





Aliens

1:00 pm

 “The Extraterrestrial Files”

Is there life in outer space? If so,
what would these creatures look like?
These questions and many more will be explored
in this fascinating search for ET’s.



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December
3,   10,   17




rocket blast off


11:00 am

“3-2-1 Blastoff”

This children’s space adventure transforms a video game
into an exciting tour of the solar system.
Join us as we fly past the sun,
land on the planets and fly through the rings of
Saturn before returning safely back to earth.



Candles


1:00 pm

“Tis the Season”

Was the “Christmas Star” really a star?
Was it a bright planet, a comet or a meteor?
This program takes the audience back 2000 years to
investigate the true date for the birth of Christ.
It then explores possible explanations
for the “STAR” seen and described by the “Wisemen.”




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2017
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January
7,   14,   21,   28




card board rocket


11:00 am

“Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”

This space fantasy takes the audience on a voyage past the sun,
moon and planets.  Children make a refrigerator box into a cardboard rocket.
Their pretend blast-off turns into a realistic solar system journey.             




foot steps on moon


1:00 pm

“Footsteps – A Race to the Moon”

This program begins by highlighting some of the ancient legends about the moon.
It then features the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo NASA space programs
leading up to the flight of Apollo 11, the first landing on the moon.




stonehenge


January 15
“Waukesha Jan Boree”

Programs each half-hour:
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Park event admission applies

“The First Stargazers”

This program shows how ancient stargazers marked reindeer
bones to track the cycle of the moon.
Find out how scientists investigate the mysterious
alignments of the pyramids.
Travel with us to Stonehenge and other giant astronomical sites,
to explore the incredible structures, made by the first stargazers. 






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February 4
“Wild Winter Night”


Orion


Programs each half-hour:
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Park event admission applies

“Winter Sky Legends”


Look up into the winter sky and imagine stories of long ago.
This program introduces the audience to constellation
characters in the winter sky, such as,
“Orion the Hunter,” “Taurus, the Bull,” and “Gemini, the Twins.”
Watch each of these wonderful characters come
alive to tell their fantastic adventures.




mr rogers

February

11,   18,   25

11:00 am

“The Skies over Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”

This program uses the scenes and show characters
from the famous television show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”
to introduce our young students to the wonders of the day and night sky.




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1:00 pm   

“Rainbows in Space - Cosmic Colors”

Relax and enjoy how colors display their personalities.
See how scientists use the vast wavelengths of the
electromagnetic spectrum to study the mysteries in deep space.


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