Mueller Planetarium sets schedule through Sept. 30

Released on 07/27/2010, at 10:50 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, through Sep. 30, 2010

WHERE: Mueller Planetarium, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets [map]

Lincoln, Neb., July 27th, 2010 —

Mueller Planetarium in the University of Nebraska State Museum's Morrill Hall will change its fulldome schedule beginning Aug. 2.

The planetarium's updated schedule for Aug. 2-15 (no shows Mondays):

* "Earth, Moon, and Sun" -- Tuesday through Sunday at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m.
* "Natural Selection" -- Wednesday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
* "Touching the Universe" -- Thursdays at 6 p.m.
* "Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience" -- Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Beginning the week of Aug. 16, Mueller Planetarium will go to its fall schedule, presenting astronomy shows only on Thursday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The schedule Aug. 19- 29:
* "Touching the Universe" -- Thursdays, 6 p.m.
* "Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience " -- Thursdays, 7 p.m.
* "Earth, Moon, and Sun" -- Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
* "Black Holes" -- Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The 6 p.m. Thursday show will be eliminated from the schedule effective Sept. 2. The updated fall schedule for Sept. 2-30 (except Mondays and UNL home football game Saturdays, Sept. 4, 11, 25):

* "Touching the Universe" -- Thursdays, 7 p.m.
* "Earth, Moon, and Sun" -- Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
* "Black Holes" -- Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The schedule will be updated again beginning Oct. 2.

"Black Holes" is a fulldome show that explores the latest scientific theories on how black holes are formed and how they are detected. (40 min.)

"Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience" is not a laser light show as audiences have seen in the past. It features the next generation of computer-generated graphics. Experience Pink Floyd's popular rock album, "Dark Side of the Moon," in immersive fulldome digital format with both abstract and concrete imagery. This show is not intended for young children due to mature language. (43 min.)

"Earth, Moon and Sun" explores lunar phases, eclipses, and other puzzles in space. Young children and their families will enjoy this fun and fast-paced show featuring a witty coyote. (26 min.)

"Natural Selection," introduces the ideas of English naturalist Charles Darwin. Audiences go aboard the H.M.S. Beagle alongside Darwin and explore the beauty of nature on the Galapagos Islands. The show features remarkable imagery of creatures from the ocean to the land. (41 min.)

"Touching the Universe" showcases the work of amateur astrophotographers. Audiences will be immersed in huge projections of their images of planets, galaxies and nebulae on the fulldome. This show includes discussion of the current night sky. (35 min.)

All shows except "Dark Side of the Moon" include an optional viewing of the current night sky, its stars and constellations.

For updates on the planetarium's fulldome schedule, visit

The University of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall) and Mueller Planetarium are south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus [map]. Parking is free. Planetarium tickets include museum admission and can be purchased at the museum's front desk the day of the show. Admission is $8 for adults, $5.50 for children, and $3 for UNL staff, faculty and students with valid NU ID. For more information on planetarium shows, astronomy and space science, visit For more information on the museum, visit

WRITER: Dana Ludvik, Public Relations Coordinator, NU State Museum, (402) 472-3779

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