Planetarium

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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Planetarium presents programs to school groups, private groups, and the public.  Our facility has been recognized in Physics Today, The Alumnus and La Crosse Magazine.  The goal of the Planetarium is to provide educational outreach for the area and to raise awareness of the value of astronomy.  For more information about the Planetarium and it's programs, please contact us at 608-785-8669 or by email at allen.robe@uwlax.edu .

 

PARKING: If you only want information on Public Programs, Private Group Programs, School Programs, or Album Encounters, scroll down a little ways on this page or click in the upper left of this page. For parking details, scroll down to near the bottom of this page.

 

Finding Cowley Hall: Look for the smokestack!! You can see it from quite a ways off. The smokestack is on the southwest corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. Cowley Hall is on the northwest corner.

 

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETINGS AND OBSERVING SESSIONS:

MONTHLY MEETING:  The La Crosse Area Astronomical Society meets at the UW - L Planetarium at 7:15 pm on the first Wednesday of the month. There are presentations open to the public at 7:15, followed by a business meeting at 8:15. The October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 3rd. There will be a presentation in the Planetarium explaining how a planetarium works. 

 

Park in the Stadium Lot for meetings. Commuter Lots are not enforced after 7 pm.

 

 

Public Programs

Public Programs are held at 1:00 pm on Saturdays.  There are monthly Public Programs in October, November, December, February, March, and April.  They are on Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Students, Children, and Senior Citizens (over 60).  Each program begins with a talk on the current evening sky, followed by a multimedia audiovisual presentation on an astronomical subject. There are no Public Programs during the summer months or in January. 

 

The October program will be "Autumn Sky Legends". It will be presented at       1 pm on Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27.

 

Album Encounters 

Album Encounters are multimedia light and laser shows set to rock music.  They are presented at 8:00 pm on Fridays when classes are in session.  Admission is $5.00 for everyone. See the bottom of this page for parking information.  

 

The September 14th Album Encounter will feature Pink Floyd's "Meddle". 

The September 21st Album Encounter will feature local band Floyd Turbo's "Through Wolves Teeth". It will be an Album Release!

 

Albums for the 2018-19 school year were: Interpol's "Marauder", 

Albums for the 2017-18 school year were: The War on Drugs' "A Deeper Understanding", Pink Floyd's "Meddle",  Queens of the Stone Ages' "Villains", The Doors' "Waiting for the Sun", Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Electric Ladyland", Foo Fighters' "Concrete and Gold", Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever", Them Crooked Vultures' "Them Crooked Vultures", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", Royal Blood's "How Did We Get So Dark?", AC/DC's "Back In Black", Beck's "Colors", Steely Dan's "Pretzel Logic", Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Wrong Creatures", Pink Floyd's "Animals", Umphrey's McGee's "It's Not Us", Led Zeppelin's "I", MGMT's "Little Dark Age", Grateful Dead's "The Very Best Of Grateful Dead", Jack White's "Boarding House Reach", Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason", The Decemberists' "I'll Be Yuor Girl", Fleetwood Mac's "Kiln House", King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's "Flying Microtonal Banana", Duane Allman's "An Anthology", and Pink Floyd's "The Wall". 

 

School and Private Programs 

There are several programs available for School and Private groups. For more information on School and Private Programs, please see the upper left of this web page or contact Bob Allen, Planetarium Director, by email at allen.robe@uwlax.edu or by phone at 608.785.8669.  

Additional Program Information

  • Public, School, and Private Programs last about 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours.  
  • Maximum seating capacity is approximately 50 adults OR 70 young children.  
  • The charge for private or school groups of 10 or more is $3.00 per person.  The minimum charge per program is $30.00 for a group of 10 or less.  

Directions and Parking

LOCATION: The Planetarium is located in Room 20 in the Basement of Cowley Hall. Cowley Hall is on the northwest corner of East Ave. and Pine Street. LOOK FOR THE SMOKESTACK across the street on the southwest corner of East Avenue and Pine Street.   

PARKING:  ALL Commuter Lots and the Parking Ramp have Pay Stations. They are NOT enforced on weekends or after 7 pm weekdays. The Stadium Lot C-2 is the closest Commuter Lot to the Planetarium and it is on the northeast corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. If it is full, use the Parking Ramp. The entrance is on the north side of Farwell Street between 16th and 17th Streets. Pay Stations take coins, bills, or cards. They need to be used from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. Daytime visitors can also get a $3 half day permit for Commuter Lots at the PARKING OFFICE. It is on the northwest corner of Farwell Street and 17th Street. PAY STATION RATES ARE $1 PER HOUR. FINES ARE $25.  The Planetarium can not be responsible for fines. 

The entrance to the Parking Ramp is on the north side of Farwell Street between 16th and 17th Streets. You can park on Levels 1, 2, or 3. The ramp is enforced 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. It is NOT enforced on weekends or after 7 pm weekdays. The Pay Station is near the entrance. It asks you to enter your license plate information. You will have to walk around the east or west side of the Student Union or Wimberly Hall to get to Cowley Hall. 

1. Album Encounters - Park in the Stadium Lot (Commuter Lot C-2). If the Stadium Lot is full (due to a Friday night high school football game or a track meet), use the Cleary Center Lot (Commuter Lot C-12), or the Parking Ramp. The Stadium Lot is on the northeast corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. The Cleary Center Lot is on the northwest corner of East Avenue and Farwell Street. The entrance to the Parking Ramp is on the north side of Farwell Street between 16th and 17th Streets. Commuter (C) Lots are NOT enforced after 7 pm weekdays, so you do not have to use the Pay Station. 

2. Public Programs - The Stadium Lot (Commuter Lot 2) is on the northeast corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. Commuter (C) lots are not enforced on weekends, so you do not need to use the Pay Station.  If the Stadium Lot is full due to a UW - L football game (there are home games October 13th and 27th), use the Cleary Center Lot (C-12 on the northwest corner of East Avenue and Farwell Street) or the Parking Ramp (on Farwell Street between 16th and 17th Streets). If you park in the Cleary Lot or the Parking Ramp, you will have to walk around the east or west side of the Student Union or Wimberly Hall to get to Cowley Hall. 

3. School Group or Private Group Programs: From 7 am to 7 pm weekdays, cars or vans can park in the Stadium Lot (C-2) or in the Parking Ramp (Levels 1, 2, or 3) and use the Pay Stations. The Stadium Lot Pay Station is near the corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. The Parking Ramp entrance is on the north side of Farwell Street between 16th and 17th Streets. The Parking Ramp Pay Station is near the entrance.  The Pay Station will ask you to enter your license plate information.

Parking is offered on an hourly basis. Rates are $1 per hour. Fines are $25! The Planetarium can not be responsible for fines. Lots are enforced until 7pm weekdays (Monday through Friday). Pay Stations accept coins, bills, and cards.

Daytime visitors can also get a $3 half day permit for Commuter Lots at the PARKING OFFICE. That is on the northwest corner of Farwell Street and 17th Street. 

 

Thank you for visiting the Planetarium website. Keep looking up and here's hoping  you have clear skies!  

Bob Allen, Planetarium Director
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Email:  allen.robe@uwlax.edu