Fleischmann’s Planetarium is hosting free public stargazing, extending its schedule of shows and changing its hours.
On the first and third Friday of each month, the planetarium opens its telescopes for free public stargazing, weather permitting. On the first Friday, it welcomes visitors from 8-10 p.m. to the dome of the MacLean Observatory at the Redfield Campus of the University, 18600 Wedge Parkway. On the third Friday of each month, staff uses mobile telescopes from 8-10 p.m. at the planetarium.
This season will bring unaided views of Saturn, Venus and Mars. There also will be select evening programs with telescope viewing.
Here's the lineup of shows through Nov. 22 showing in the dome theater:
- “Dynamic Earth” shown with “NASA’s Journey to Mars”: The featured show explores Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and whales and fly into roiling volcanoes. Times: 1, 3 and 5 p.m. daily, plus 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
- “Extreme Planets”: Join the quest for extra-solar planets with extreme Earth-like environments, from water worlds and molten landscapes to uninhabitable moons and planets with multiple suns in Extreme Planets. Time: 2 p.m. daily.
- “Black Holes”: Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of the black hole. Only now are scientists are on the verge of understanding their true nature. Time: 4 p.m. daily.
- “Ultimate Universe”: Ultimate Universe takes viewers on a tour from the outer reaches of space and time, through wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our solar system. Time: 6 p.m. daily.
- Family Show: “Larry, Cat in Space”: Take off on a lunar adventure with a curious stowaway, Larry, Cat in Space. This cartoon is about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon, observing his human family of enthusiastic sky watchers. Time: Saturday, Sunday and school breaks: 11 a.m.
- Family Show: “DarkStar Adventure”: With a cast of animated characters, “DarkStar Adventure” is engaging for viewers of all ages. Witness the power of a supernova, explore the heart of a gaseous nebula, visit exotic pulsars and learn to keep a safe distance from a black hole. Time: Saturday, Sunday and school breaks: Noon
- “Dark Side of the Moon”: Pink Floyd’s legendary rock album “Dark Side of the Moon” is presented in immersive HD animation of color and surround-sound. (Note: mature lyrics and themes) Time: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Show tickets cost $8 (ages 13-59); $6 (ages 3-12, ages 60 and older, UNR students, faculty, staff and alumni with ID; Washoe County School District students and teachers with ID; and military with ID); $5 (groups of 15 or more with advance reservations); and free for planetarium members.
Fall hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and holidays. The planetarium opens at 10 a.m. during WCSD's fall break, Oct. 3-7.
Fleischmann Planetarium is on North Virginia Street on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. There is free permit parking in the adjacent West Stadium Parking Complex (level three) on 16th Street.
Details: 775-784-4812 or www.planetarium.unr.edu.