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Party With the Stars
Friday, July 20 • 8:00-9:30 pm Find out what objects are currently in the night sky and where to find them. Following the indoor program, we will set up telescopes outside for viewing, weather permitting.
Space Place family workshops are offered during the school year on Saturdays at 10 a.m. for
children ages 6-10 and their families. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
We are now on summer hiatus. Our Saturday Science Workshops will start again in September. Enjoy the summer!
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, July 10 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"Two Years that Changed the Milky Way Galaxy: 1951 and 2018"
Dr. Bob Benjamin, UW-Madison Physics Dept.
Starting with the first star-count maps of the sky by William and Caroline Herschel in 1785, our astronomical understanding of the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy has been a gradually unfolding process. But there have been two extra-ordinary years in which our understanding of the Galaxy has changed at a break-neck speed. The first was 1951 when the first evidence for the spiral nature of our Milky Way was discovered here in southern Wisconsin at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The second year is 2018 when the measurements of the distances and sky motions of a billion stars by Gaia—a European Space Agency mission—has astronomers scrambling to remap the Galaxy and see how well the previous view of our Galaxy holds up. Big changes are afoot, and Dr. Benjamin will describe what has been discovered in the past few months.
Unfortunately we are no longer offering workshops to build your own telescope. For nearly a decade we have been helping families assemble these kits at Space Place. However, the Galileoscope kit is not longer being produced and we are unable to order more. You may still be able to find the kit at some on-line retailers by searching for "Galileoscope".
Origins is a special and the largest project that University Communications has ever undertaken. It is a story in three parts: the origins of our universe, the origins of the earliest life on Earth and the origins of humankind, and tells the story of how UW-Madison researchers are seeking out answers in those three areas.
Universe in the Park Starting May 26 through October 13 • Various locations
Universe in the Park is back for the summer of 2018! Faculty and staff from the UW Astronomy Department travel to various parks throughout the state to present a talk about astronomy and then set up telescopes for viewing, weather permitting. It's a wonderful opportunity to talk with an astronomer and enjoy the dark skies of Wisconsin's state parks.