Mueller Planetarium at the NU State Museum in Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St., has announced its spring schedule. Beginning March 5 and running through May 31, the planetarium will feature a children’s show about space travel, a show that tackles some of the most profound questions of science, and a current night sky tour.
“Origins of Life,” Thursdays at 7 p.m.: Starting with the big bang theory, the show deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the universe, the formation of stars and solar systems, and the first life on Earth. “Origins of Life” covers great extinctions as well as the search for life beyond our planet. Total running time is 23 minutes, recommended for ages 10 and up.
“Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast,” Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.: Rusty Rocket leads one final mission before he retires as a teacher of rocket physics: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies. Total running time is 35 minutes, recommended for ages 6-10.
“Big Red Sky Tour: Spring,” Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.: Explore the marvels of our solar system and journey to the farthest reaches of the cosmos. The audience will see some of the most popular constellations and uncover the rich stories behind them in this full-length, fulldome tour of the skies over Nebraska. Total running time is 25-30 minutes, recommended for ages 6 and up.
The schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit the planetarium’s website, http://www.spacelaser.com, or call 402-472-2641. The University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall and Mueller Planetarium are south of 14th and Vine streets on the UNL City Campus. Parking is free in front of the museum.
Planetarium tickets include museum admission and can be purchased at the museum’s front desk the day of the show. Admission is $10 for adults (19 and older), $6 for children and $4 for UNL staff, faculty and students with valid NCard. Children 3 years and younger are not permitted in the planetarium. For more information on the museum, go to http://www.museum.unl.edu.