Reach for the Stars at The Charles Horwitz Planetarium
The Charles Horwitz Planetarium on Madison Street in Waukesha is a gem in the Waukesha Pewaukee community that is a must see for everyone, locals and visitors alike.
Here, under a 40-foot dome, 90 theater style seats are ready to transport you to a place where thousands of stars, planets, the sun and moon fill the sky. The sounds and special effects will have you star gazing like you have never done before.
For 34 years the planetarium has been providing the most current trends in astronomy while creating auroras, meteors, eclipses, lighting and rockets hurling through space, transporting visitors to a journey to the surface of another world.
Each year the planetarium presents more than 500 shows to more than 30,000 visitors. (You can cut this easily if needed).
During the day, school groups use the planetarium to support their studies of earth and space. On evenings and weekends, shows are open to the public. Be sure to check out these offerings at the planetarium.
On Nov. 5, 12 and 19, 2016 the planetarium will host two different programs. All shows are $4 a person.
Beginning at 11 a.m., “Our Place in Space” is a children’s show introducing jungle animals and a space crossword puzzle to explore the wonders of the universe. A family classic!
Starting at 1 p.m., a show for the general public called “The Extraterrestrial Files” explores the questions: Is there life in outer space? If so, what would these creatures look like? These questions and much more will be explored in this fascinating search for ET’s.
On Dec. 3, 10 and 17, 2016 the planetarium will again host two different programs. All shows are $4 a person.
The show “3-2-1- Blastoff” begins at 11 a.m. This children’s space adventure transforms a video game into an exciting tour of the solar system. Fly past the sun, land on the planets and cruise through the rings of Saturn before returning safely back to earth.
At 1 p.m. the general public show “Tis the Season” will explore if the Christmas star was actually a star or a bright planet, a comet or a meteor. This program takes the audience back 2000 years to investigate the true date of the birth of Christ. It then explores possible explanations for the “star” seen and described by the “Wisemen.”
Public Skywatches at Retzer (Outside of the Planetarium)
Guests will see stars, planets, the moon, star clusters and galaxies.
Telescopes are provided, but you can bring your own if you like.
Make sure you check the weather, the skywatches take place outside of the planetarium so a clear sky is a must. The cost is $2 a person.
Upcoming outdoor skywatching dates:
• Nov. 4, 2016 • Sunset 5:40 p.m.
• Dec. 2, 2016 • Sunset 4:18 p.m.
• Feb. 11, 2017 (Wild Winter Night) • Sunset 5:20 p.m.
Private groups are welcome at The Charles Horwitz Planetarium for your perfect event. For more information on the planetarium, or to make reservations for your group, please call (262) 896-8423 or visit the website.