Lighten Up!

The Casper Planetarium Gift Shop has more than science toys for kids.  Our colorful lights make great gifts for anyone.  Get a look at some of our most popular in the video.  When you stop by, please remember that cash and checks are welcome, but we can’t take cards because we are part of the school district.


Have You Checked Out Our Gift Shop?

The Planetarium has toys that make science fun, as well as lots of other cool stuff from lava lamps to hourglasses.   Check out just a handful of our toys in the video below.   The Gift Shop is open M-F from 9 to 5, and accepts cash and checks, but not cards.


Hear an International Expert on Exoplanets and the Search for Life in the Universe

On November 3rd, Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger will give a talk at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium which will be live streamed into the Casper Planetarium.  You’ll be able to see the visuals on the dome and hear her just as if you were at the Adler, and even ask questions after the presentation (via text).    The presentation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and is FREE.   The level is appropriate for teens and adults; seating is limited, so we recommend arriving early.

Here’s how the Adler’s website describes this event:

Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered over the past two decades. In this lecture Dr. Kaltenegger will discuss these discoveries and explore how we can determine which of these exoplanets might be suitable for life. She will discuss techniques and  missions to detect life itself on these worlds to finally answer the question”Are we alone in the Universe?

Lisa Kaltenegger

Lisa Kaltenegger is director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University and an associate professor in Cornell’s astronomy department. Her research focuses on exploring worlds around alien Suns and searching for signs of life. Her awards include the 2014 Doppler Prize for Innovation in Science and the 2012 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize for Physics. She was named an innovator to watch by TIME, a Role Model for Women in Science and Research by the European Commission, and one of America’s Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine. She is featured in the new IMAX movie “Search for Life in space”. Asteroid 7734 Kaltenegger is named after her.”


Composite Image from the August 21 Solar Eclipse

We received 6 drawings from eclipse watchers who participated in our Corona Composite Image project.   Before the invention of photography, scientists would draw the corona during an eclipse, and then combine their drawings to create a final image.  Like those past scientists, each of our participants saw the eclipse a little differently.  The black and white drawings are the originals.  We’ve colorized them in the composite to help the individual layers stand out from each other.

                             


STARS

September 11 -December 11

Tuesday through Friday at 4:15 pm
$3.00 per person.

Run Time 30 minutes

Recommended for ages 7 and up

Stars: the Powerhouses of the Universe.  Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe.

Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.