CANCELED: Public shows at UAA Planetarium on Nov. 30, 2018

by Michelle Saport  |   

Due to the earthquake, the Nov. 30, 2018 shows have been canceled. However, the UAA Planetarium and Visualization Theater did not suffer any major damage and remains fully operational. Head to to see the planetarium's public show schedule for December 2018.

As Alaska's largest planetarium, the UAA Planetarium & Visualization Theater is an immersive place to explore the world around us-from the smallest microbes to the most distant galaxies. See below to learn what's playing next at the UAA Planetarium.

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Sunstruck! presented by UAA Physicist Nathaniel Hicks Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220 Buy tickets / Add this event to your calendar

Explore the sun in all its glory in this full-dome show. Sunstruck! takes us on a journey to discover the wonders of our magnificent sun and investigate how our star has supported life on Earth for millennia. This program includes information on the structure of our sun, the source of its energy, and how solar activity impacts our world.

Dr. Nathaniel Hicks is an assistant professor of physics at UAA, and he conducts NSF-funded research on experimental and computational plasma physics and fusion energy science. He also mentors a large and growing multidisciplinary group of UAA undergraduate researchers working with him on topics including new ways to trap and study plasma, plasma sources and space thrusters, atmospheric pressure plasma for medical treatment, and auroral simulations. He also works to expand opportunities for students of all ages to learn about physics and STEM topics in Southcentral Alaska.

Stars of the Alaskan Sky, presented by UAA Planetarium Manager Omega Smith Friday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 220 Buy tickets / Add this event to your calendar

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our long winter nights. You'll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!

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