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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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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

2014Fall  / 2015 Spring

Schedule!

colorful stars

apples

Apple Harvest Fest
September 20th

Every hr. 9 – 4:00   

Time Bandits
Many of our methods of timekeeping are based on the motions of the sun, 

moon and earth. This fascinating show describes the astronomical 

reasons for modern-day timekeeping. It also presents many of the world’s 

wonderful and elaborate mechanical clocks and how they work.

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October Shows
4, 11, 18, 25

Cardboard Rocket

Children’s Show
11:00 am
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
This delightful children’s 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 real solar system journey.

moon foot steps

General Show
1:00 pm
Footsteps, Voyage to the Moon   
As a tribute to Neil Armstrong, this program begins

by highlighting some of the most fascinating legends

and stories about our nearest neighbor in space.  

It then features the flight of Apollo 11 

and America’s 1st landing on the moon. 

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Special Laser light shows

laser red

October 14
Laser Shows
7:00 & 8:00 pm
Halloween Special & Pink Floyd
~~~~~ Halloween Special ~~~~~
Hang on to your seats as the skies of the planetarium become 

the backdrop for a fun and spooky Halloween spectacular laser display! 
~~~~~ Pink Floyd ~~~~~
The planetarium sky will dance with colorful laser

images that highlight the most famous musical works of Pink Floyd.

October 16
Laser Shows
7:00 & 8:00 pm
Halloween Special / Led Zeppelin
~~~~~ Halloween Special ~~~~~
Hang on to your seats as the skies of the 

planetarium become the backdrop for a fun 

and spooky Halloween spectacular laser display! 
~~~~~ Led Zeppelin ~~~~~
The planetarium sky will dance with colorful laser 

images that highlight the most famous 

musical works of Led Zeppelin.
   
October 17
Howl-O-Ween
Laser Show
Every hour
6:30 – 9
Perseus & Andromeda / Hallow. Sp.
~~~~~ Perseus and Andromeda ~~~~~
This humorous laser presentation tells the story of Perseus, 

the Champion and his quest to save 

Andromeda from Cetus the evil Sea Monster.  A classic!

~~~~~ Halloween Special ~~~~~
Hang on to your seats as the skies of the planetarium

become the backdrop for a fun and 

spooky Halloween spectacular laser display!

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November Shows
1, 8, 15, 22

Mr Roger

Children’s show
11:00 am
Mister Roger’s Neighborhood
This program uses the scenes and show

characters from the famous television show

“Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood” to introduce 

your young students to the wonders of the day and night sky.

Leafs

General show - 1:00 pm
Autumn Sky Legends
This wonderful fall season program presents 

constellation characters, like 

“Pegasus, the Horse”, 

“Perseus, the Champion” 

and “Cetus, the Sea Monster.”  

Watch them all come alive to tell their 

fascinating stories from the autumn evening sky.

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December
6, 13, 20, 27

Snow flake

Children’s show
11:00 am
Winter Wonders
This program takes the audience around

the world to explore the wonderful traditions and

celebrations of the “winter solstice.”

Star of Wonder

General show - 1:00 pm
Star of Wonder
This beautiful holiday season show investigates 

the most interesting and beautiful winter 

solstice celebrations around the world.  

The program also takes us back 2000 years 

to offer possible explanations for the

mysterious “Christmas Star.”

clocks

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January
10, 17, 24, 31

bird

Children’s show
11:00 am
Our Place in Space
This award-winning, participatory children’s 

planetarium show introduces jungle animals

and a space crossword puzzle to unravel the

wonders and the mysteries of the universe.

telescope

General show
1:00 pm
Two Small Pieces of Glass 
This program celebrates 400 years since Galileo

first pointed his telescope at the sky.

Don’t miss this fascinating look at the incredible

contributions to astronomy made by advancements

in the design of the world’s greatest telescopes.

rainbow star

Waukesha Jan Bobree

January 18
Every 45 min.  9 – 4:00
Cosmic Colors
Sit back 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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saturn

Wild Winter Night
February 7

Each hr. 6:30 – 8:00
Amazing Stargazing
Join us as we take you back-stage to the making of a cartoon fantasy radio show about the sky.  Learn how to find your directions, spot planets, plot craters holes on the moon and find out how astronomers explore the planets.

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February
14, 21, 28

planets

Children’s show
11:00 am
A Solar System Adventure Tour
You won’t believe how fun learning about the 

planets can be when you step aboard 

the “Star Traveler” spaceship on your interactive 

journey past the sun and planets in our solar system. 

cluster
General show
1:00 pm
Chasing the Ghost Particle
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica,

the biggest and strangest detector in the world

waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos.

Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles

called neutrons to explore insides of stars and galaxies.

These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive look

into exploding stars and black holes.


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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
4, 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 45 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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fancy star

May
2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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
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.

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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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