Heitkamp Planetarium 2017-2018 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 22  “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: Audrey Miller, Emily Prince and Logan Kubovec)

Friday, October 6 (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, Emily Prince and Jeanie Kasper)

Friday, November 3 “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: MaKayla Sokoloski and Logan Kubovec)

Friday, December 8 “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 MaKayla Sokoloski)

Friday, February 9 “Space Weather: An Electronic Armageddon?”

Space weather caused by our sun is a relatively common event. However, scientists are predicting that one type of space weather—a coronal mass ejection (CME)—could be coming in our near future that could disrupt our entire electric grid. Does this mean we need to say goodbye to electricity, the internet, and GPS? Join us as we investigate this monster “space storm” and its effect on civilization as we know it. (Presenters: Audrey Miller and Logan Kubovec)

Friday, March 9 “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 Emily Prince)

Friday, April 6 “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)


Come and celebrate the longevity and beauty of our star projector as well as exploring what others do to accomplish the same task. Shows begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

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We are pleased to schedule age-appropriate shows for school groups and organizations.
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Angela Sanford