Public Shows

Public Shows

Shows begin at 6:30 PM and 8:00 PM.  Tickets are $6 (adults) and $4 (children 12 and under).  During each public program we will take you on a tour of the current night skies of Missoula, pointing out noteworthy objects, constellations, planets, or upcoming events visible in the night sky.  The show will then shift to an engaging topic chosen by that evening's presenter.  Topics could range from a focus on unique night sky phenomena, our solar system and its exploration, extrasolar planets found within the Milky Way, stellar groupings in our galaxy, or large scale patterns of the universe as a whole.  See below for a full list of the scheduled programs.  Note:  Shows often sell out in advance.  If interested in a particular show, please purchase your tickets using the link found at the bottom of this page, tickets are not sold at the door.

Age Recommendations 

We do not have any firm guidelines with respect to children.  If a child can remain quiet and attentive for the 50 minutes, then it is fine for that child to attend.  We find that children age 7 and older enjoy the show best, as the subject matter is at a more advanced level.  Parents are responsible for their child and may be asked to leave if the child is disruptive.

Fall 2017 

  • September 8th: Dan Reisenfeld - "Cassini's Grand Finale at Saturn"
  • September 22nd: Dan Reisenfeld - "Cassini's Grand Finale at Saturn"
  • October 6th: Mark Reiser - "Traveling on a Beam of Light"
  • October 20th: Mark Reiser - "Traveling on a Beam of Light" 
  • November 3rd: Mark Reiser - "Traveling on a Beam of Light"
  • November 17th: Diane Friend - "Phantom of the Universe: The Search for Dark Energy"
  • December 1st: Dan Reisenfeld - "The Secrets of the Milky Way" 

Admission for public programs is $6 for adults, and $4 for children (12 and under).  Tickets are not sold at the door.  Our maximum capacity for public events is 28, please purchase your tickets well in advance, as these events may sell out quickly.  Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of your show, as the planetarium entrance will be closed once the show begins.  Due to safety concerns in navigating the dark room we are unable to admit people after a show begins.

The link below will take you to our ticket purchasing site, Eventbrite.  If you have any questions please call 406-243-2073 or email: planetarium@umontana.edu

Eventbrite - Star Gazing Room-Planetarium Show