Public Show Schedule for 2019 - 2020

  • Gary E. Sampson Planetarium, Wauwatosa West High School,11400 West Center St., Wauwatosa, WI  53226

    All shows start promptly at 7:00 PM and last approximately 1 hour. A live tour of the current night sky is a part of every program. Reserve your seats now by calling 414-773-3390 and following the prompts on the reservation line. Be prepared to state the date you would like to attend, your last name with spelling, the number of guests in your party, and a phone number where you can be reached in case the show needs to be postponed or canceled.


    ** Denotes shows that are **NEW** to the Gary E. Sampson Planetarium!


    ** Spooky Space                                        Thursday, October 17th, and Tuesday, October 22nd

    Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season?  Would you like to meet the stars - the stars of Halloween?  Monsters, zombies, and ghosts – and their far more terrible counterparts in space?  Oh yes, space has its monsters:  black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae!  Join for this fun, educational, spooky show!  Spooky Space is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    Two Small Pieces of Glass                         Monday, November 4th, and Tuesday, November 5th

    Follow along with two students as they visit a local star party.  Along the way, they learn all about telescopes from a female astronomer.  Learn about the two major types of telescopes, the history of the telescope from Galileo to the present, and the future of astronomy.  Aiming to appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.  Two Small Pieces of Glass is a production of the Imiloa Astronomy Center, the Buhl Planetarium, and Interstellar Studios.


    ‘Tis the Season                                           Thursday, December 12th, Tuesday, December 17th, and Friday, December 20th

    Join us for the full-dome version of this holiday favorite! This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice - from Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, and Mexican cultures.  It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles to Santa Claus.  The primary focus of this show are possible astronomical explanations for the star of Bethlehem.  ‘Tis the Season is produced by Loch Ness Productions, and based on a script by James G. Manning.


    ** SkyWars                                                   Tuesday, February 4th, and Thursday, February 6th

    Follow the struggles throughout history as new discoveries altered our view of Earth and its place in the universe.  Witness the connections and conflicts between astronomy and astrology.  See how the Earth went from a flat place to a round world – from a static, motionless home to a spinning, orbiting planet!  Finally, voyage into the galaxy to glimpse how future discoveries might start new battles about the sky above. SkyWars is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    ** Its About Time                                          Tuesday, March 10th, and Thursday, March 19th

    Time impacts us every day – but what is it exactly?  Where does time come from?  Explore these mysteries and more in this new show.  Join friendly robots Tortoise and Hare in their voyage around the Earth and beyond to discover the wild origins of time! Its About Time is a production of the Daniel M. Soref planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.


    Cosmology                                                      Thursday, April 2nd, and Tuesday, April 7th

    The study of our universe is as old as time, yet our understanding of the nature of the universe and its evolution is less than 100 years old.  This program is an overview of the science of cosmology – the study of the origin and evolution of the universe.  From the earliest theories about the size of the universe to the Big Bang Theory, this show details how the universe and our understanding of it has evolved over time.


    ** The Sun, Our Living Star                         Thursday, May 7th, and Tuesday, May 12th

    The Sun has shone on our world for 4.5 billion years.  Its light and heat have been felt by every person who has ever lived.  It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather, and all life.  The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky – day by day, month by month – was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.  Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.  Please join us for this visually striking planetarium show about the most important star in our lives.