Planetarium Special Events

  • The planetarium periodically hosts special events that reach beyond the night sky. Special events may invite viewers to navigate a coral reef, travel inside a human cell, or explore the Sistine Chapel.

    All special events are presented in the MSUM planetarium, located on campus.

    June 2018 Adventures in Space

    Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series presents "The Cosmos in a Heartbeat"

    Presenter: Dr. Shane Larson, Associate Professor of Physics, Northwestern University; Associate Director, CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics)

    A human lifetime is more than a hundred billion times shorter than the current age of the Universe. Whether you are a professional astronomer, or a casual backyard stargazer, you have only a few decades to drink it all in—to wonder how it works and how you got here.

    The cosmos is full of strange happenings that we sometimes are lucky enough to witness because we happened to be paying attention to the stories the Universe is telling us. These tales are carried on bursts of light, showers of sub-atomic particles, and the faint whisperings of gravity, and every day that passes, we’re getting better at deciphering them.

    In our lifetimes, we will only ever have a glimpse of the cosmos. But that glimpse is enough to transform our perceptions in dramatic ways and to answer the oldest questions we have about what the Universe is doing all around us.

    Read about Dr. Larson | What is the Kavli Foundation?

    Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm

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