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Party With the Stars
Friday, June 15 • 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.
May 26 - "UV Beads" - Use these beads which are sensitive to ultraviolet light to test how well your sunscreen works.
We do not offer Saturday Science Workshops over the summer month so this will be our last workshop until September.
Space Place guest presentations are always free and open to the
public, and are offered the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
Tuesday, June 12 • 7:00-8:00 pm
"Space Junk from the Moon to the Midwest"
Dr. Ruth Rand, Fellow of the Institute for Research in the Humanities
The things that humanity has put into space have a way of not staying put—whether crashing into each other in orbit or falling back to Earth, space junk can pose significant risks for both the space industry and for everyday individuals on the ground. This talk will explore how space junk became an environmental problem, who raised the alarm along the way, and why you should care. We will also discuss the unique part Wisconsin has played in the messy history of waste in space.
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.