Friday, September 11 “The Map of the Night Sky”

Come learn how early civilizations have used stars and constellations as aids for navigation, to tell time and to predict the approaching seasons. Leave with knowledge that has been passed down through the centuries. (Presenters: Ben Hedges and Hermes Ruiz)

Friday, October 2 (Homecoming) “Journey to Space”

With just over 50 years since the first human venture into space, we take a look back at past journeys into space and the future space-travel being planned. Loras College alum Jeff Heitzman (Systems Engineer for Commercial Human Spaceflight) returns to campus to lead us through this fascinating journey. (Presenters: Jeff Heitzman, Mathias Palmersheim, and Michael Krol)

Friday, October 23 (Family Weekend) “Manned Mission to Mars”

The year 2030 might seem like a long ways away, but not if you are planning a one-way manned mission to Mars! Come join us to learn how this long flight is possible and the steps being taking to put humans on Mars. (Presenters: Zach Schroeder, Hermes Ruiz, and Zach Lindstrom)

Friday, December 4 “The Christmas Star”

The Heitkamp Planetarium will look back in the astronomical record to examine possible celestial events that could have produced an object in the sky that might have signified ‘The Star of Bethlehem’. (Presenters: Ben Hedges and Marshall Jackson)

Friday, February 12 “Black Holes Don’t Suck”

From the deaths of massive stars to the genesis of galaxies, the Heitkamp Planetarium is proud to present an in-depth look into the evidence behind the phenomena of Black Holes and the possible mechanisms associated with their formation. (Presenters: Ben Hedges, Marshall Jackson and Zach Schroeder)

Friday, March 11 “The Dancing Lights”

The Northern Lights are technically known as the Arora Borealis and are observed in the night sky by folks in high northern latitude regions, where they appear to dance melodiously in the sky. We will explore their multiple beautiful facets as well as discuss their connection to our Sun since there is evidence that they are created by collisions of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere, which directs the charged particles towards the Earth’s magnetic Polar Regions. (Presenters: Ben Hedges and Zach Lindstrom)

Friday, April 29 “A look into the past while projecting into the future”

The Heitkamp Planetarium will look back at the history of star projectors and how current methods of projection mimic the night sky. We will follow this historical look with projecting the future possibilities based upon the cutting-edge technology we have today. Come and celebrate the longevity and beauty of our star projector as well as exploring what others do to accomplish the same task. (Presenters: Mathias Palmersheim and Michael Krol)

All shows begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The Heitkamp Planetarium is pleased to schedule age-appropriate shows for school groups and scout organizations; contact Ms. Peggy Nightingale at peggy.nightingale@loras.edu, or 563-588-7145 for information and scheduling.

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