Heitkamp Planetarium 2018-2019 Schedule

The Loras College 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. Events are open to the public and begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Friday, September 21  “Neutrino Astronomy”

Ever wondered how the universe was created …or what its beginnings might have looked like; lots of evidence suggests that ancient cultures told creation mythologies long before recorded history. Recently scientists have detected a tiny particle deep in the ice of Antarctica that might assist with just such an understanding. Join us as we discuss modern models for the creation of the universe, who found this mysterious particle and how it is changing history as we know it. (Presenters: MaKayla Sokoloski and Audrey Miller)

Friday, October 12 (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 future space-travel. Loras College alum Jeff Heitzman (Systems Engineer for Commercial Human Spaceflight) returns to campus to lead us through this fascinating journey. (Organizers: MaKayla Sokoloski and Jeanie Kasper)

Friday, November 2 “A Star is Born”

There is much more to the lives of stars than just those dots of light we see in the night sky. Those tiny dots are actually giant condensed balls of gas, but how did they get started? Join us as we learn about the birth of a star and their effects on their surroundings. (Presenters: Zach Ney and Jeanie Kasper)

Friday, December 7 “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: Audrey Miller and Tyler Havens)

Friday, February 8 “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: Davis Dahlberg and Jeanie Kasper

Friday, March 8 “The Dancing Lights”

The Northern Lights are technically known as the Aurora Borealis, named by Galileo for the Greek goddess of northern wind and the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora. This magnificent phenomenon can be observed in the night sky by people in the northern latitude regions, where the light appears to dance melodiously in the sky. This program will explore the causes and effects of the beautiful lights and their significance to various cultures thought out history. (Presenters: Jeanie Kasper and Davis Dahlberg)

Friday, April 5 “Pluto – Revenge of the dwarf planet”

Not long ago Pluto was the ninth planet and was a few pixels of light in even the largest of telescopes. We will explore its downgrade to a dwarf planet along with the exciting photos that were obtained from the spacecraft New Horizons that arrived at Pluto in June 2015. (Presenters: Emily Prince and Jeanie Kasper)


All of the above public shows begin at 7:00 pm on the date indicated.  Heitkamp Planetarium is pleased to schedule age-appropriate shows for school groups and scout organizations: contact Ms. Kris Dolan at kristen.dolan@loras.edu or 563.588.7145 (or 588.7182) for information and scheduling.

Questions? Let’s get in touch.

We are pleased to schedule age-appropriate shows for school groups and organizations.
Contact us for more information. 

Kristen Dolan