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Book a group planetarium star show and/or laser light show by contacting the planetarium director:

Ken Murphy

2019 Christmas & Laser Light Shows:

  • Saturday, December 14th 7-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 21st 7-8 p.m.
  • Sunday December 22nd 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 24th 2-3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and only sold at the door.  Show up early to get a good seat!


Live Picture of Sun
Current Moon Phase
Live Satellite Map
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Space Exploration Missions
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International Space Station
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Hubble Space Telescope

Space Calendar
2019 Sky & Space Calendar Preview
January 1 New Horizons reaches Ultima Thule—Kuiper belt Object
January 3 Earth at perihelion, closest point to the Sun
China to land Chang’e 4 Lunar Rover
January 4 Latest sunrise
January 6 Partial Solar Eclipse -- China, Japan, Korea, Siberia
January 17 NASA-Space X: Launch Crew Dragon Spaceship
January 20-21 Lunar Eclipse, visible in Milwaukee 9:33 p.m. to 12:51 a.m. CST
January 22 Venus & Jupiter close in the morning sky
January 31 India Launch—Chandrayaa 2, Lunar Orbiter, Lander, and Rover
February 4 Asteroid 2002 AJ129 closest to Earth at only 2.6 million miles
February 5 Chinese New Year—Year of the Pig
February 12 NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter (six more times in 2019)
February 18 Venus & Saturn close in morning sky
March 3-13th 50th Anniversary of Apollo 9
March 10 Spring ahead!  Daylight Saving Time begins
March 14 Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday
March 20 Spring begins at 4:58 p.m. CDT
April 4 Parker Solar Probe orbit close to Sun
April 6 35th Anniversary:  First orbital Shuttle repair mission (Solar Max)
May 4

30th Anniversary - Start of five-year Magellan mission to Venus

May 17 45th Anniversary - Launch of first geosynchronous weather satellite SMS-A
May 18-26 50th Anniversary - Apollo 10—Module descends to 10 miles above lunar surface
May 27 20th Anniversary - First human visit to International Space Station (ISS)
June NASA-Space X to launch astronauts
June 9 Jupiter’s opposite the Sun, up all night
June 14 Earliest sunrise
June 18 Mars & Mercury very close in evening sky
June 21 Summer Solstice starts at 10:54 a.m. CDT
June 27 Latest sunset
July 2 Total Solar Eclipse—South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina
July 4 Earth at aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun
July 8 Saturn opposite the Sun, up all night
July 11 40th Anniversary - Skylab falling back to Earth
July 16 Partial Lunar Eclipse—Europe, Africa, west-central Asia
July 16-24 50th Anniversary - Apollo 11—first Moon Walk
August 12-13 Perseid meteor shower peaks
August 13 Venus at superior conjunction—behind the Sun
September 1 Parker Solar Probe orbit close to Sun
September 9 Neptune at opposition
September 23 Fall arrives with the autumnal equinox at 2:50 a.m. CDT
October 28 Uranus at opposition
November 3 Fall back!  Daylight Saving Time ends
November 11 Mercury Transits the Sun; visible in Milwaukee 6:41 a.m. to 12:04 p.m. CST
November 14-24 50th Anniversary - Apollo 12
November 23 Venus & Jupiter close in evening sky
December 8 Earliest sunset
December 10 Venus & Saturn close in evening sky
December 13-14 Geminid meteor shower peaks
December 21 Winter Solstice starts at 10:19 p.m. CST
December 26 Annular Solar Eclipse—Saudi Arabia, India, Borneo

Last Modified: 12/2/19 8:41 AM