Mueller Planetarium to celebrate 50th anniversary Aug. 2

Released on 07/18/2008, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008

WHERE: Mueller Planetarium, NU State Museum (Morrill Hall), 14th and U Streets

Lincoln, Neb., July 18th, 2008 —

Mueller Planetarium at the University of Nebraska State Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary Aug. 2 with a one-day return to 1950s ticket prices. The planetarium will feature the new fulldome show, "Black Holes," and the show for young audiences, "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket."

Ticket prices for Aug. 2 (only) will harken back the planetarium's beginnings in the 1950s, with adults paying 50 cents and children paying 25 cents per show (in addition to the cost of Museum admission). Limited seating is available (the planetarium holds 80) and tickets will be sold on a first-come basis the day of the show.

The schedule will be:

* 10 a.m., "Cardboard Rocket" (35 minutes)
* 11 a.m., "Black Holes" (37 minutes)
* Noon, "Cardboard Rocket"
* 1 p.m., "Black Holes"
* 2 p.m., "Cardboard Rocket"
* 3 p.m., "Black Holes"

All shows are presented in the immersive fulldome format. These are not "simple sky-talks" as done 50 years ago, but participants will instead experience falling into a black hole or visiting the planets of the solar system. Each show will be preceded with a short 2-minute fulldome tribute to the history of the Planetarium.

Mueller Planetarium is in Morrill Hall, 14th and U streets on the UNL City Campus. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 5-18, and free for children 4 and under. For more information on planetarium shows, astronomy and space science, visit For more information on the museum, visit

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