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  • TWO NEW SHOWS! Now Playing at the MSUM Planetarium

    The MoonThe Moon

    April 9 - May 21 | Saturdays at 11 am

    Perfect for your budding young astronomer, The Moon takes you on a journey of discovery with our planet's closest neighbor.
    Rediscover the Moon with this fun and educational planetarium program. Learn about the Moon's motion throughout a day and how it is different than its motion throughout a month. Observe how the appearance of the Moon changes over time as well.

    Cosmic Origins SpectrographNEW! Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

    April 10 - May 22 | Sundays at 2 pm
    (No Show Sunday April 17)

    Explore the unseen universe!
    See the cosmos through the Hubble Space Telescope's exquisite ultraviolet instrument, from hot young stars to distant quasars. Cosmic Origins Spectrograph is a fulldome look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy at a high level, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of large scale structure.

    Show Admission Prices | "The Moon" and "Cosmic Origins" (cash or check only)

    • $6.00 - General Admission
    • $3.00 - Children (12 & under), Seniors (55+) and Tri-College Students


    From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond

    May 5, 7:30 pm | Ask an Astronomer social afterward

    From the Big Bang to the Multiverse and Beyond

    The 2016 Spring Kavli Fulldome Lecture: Featuring Michael Turner, Director of the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

    We know the Universe began 13.7 billion years ago in an explosion of space called the Big Bang. We also know that the gravity of dark matter created the galaxies and other cosmic structures we see today from tiny quantum fluctuations that arose just after the Big Bang. Yet some big questions remain.

    Is our Universe part of a larger multiverse? What is speeding up the expansion of the Universe? These are the mysteries that inspire cosmologists today. In a dazzling, fulldome presentation, this presentation will illustrate what we know and how we know it, as well as the big ideas and puzzles of cosmology today.

    On May 5, the University of Chicago’s Michael Turner will explore some of the biggest mysteries in modern cosmology.

    Admission Price

    ALL tickets are online here.

    About the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series
    The Kavli Fulldome Lecture series takes audiences on a journey to the very edges of human knowledge. Adler experts and leading scientists work together to create dazzling, animated images of real data, which are projected onto the planetarium dome during the lectures. Audiences don’t have to imagine what an equation might tell us about the Universe’s distant past, they can travel back in time and see it with their own eyes.

    The Planetarium is located in Bridges Hall, Room 167. Please call 218.477.2920 with questions.