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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 its' programs, please contact us at 608-785-8669 or by email at allen.robe@uwlax.edu .

 

PARKING: Please excuse this being near the top of our web page, but parking for our programs changes each school year. If you only want information on Public Programs, Private Group Programs, School Programs, or Album Encounters, scroll down a little ways or click in the upper left of this page. For parking details, scroll to near the bottom of this page.

 

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

 

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETINGS AND OBSERVING SESSIONS:

MONTHLY MEETING:  The La Crosse Area Astronomical Society meets at the 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 is on October 4th. There will be Solar Eclipse Reports by club members at 7:15. Park in the Stadium Lot.

 

 

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. 

Public Programs resume in October. The October program will be "Ancient Observatories".  It will be presented at 1 pm on Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21, and 28. See the bottom of this page for parking information.

 

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.

The September 29th Album Encounter will feature the Doors' "Waiting For The Sun".

The October 6th Album Encounter will feature Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland". 

Albums for the 2017-18 school year so far were: The War on Drugs' "A Deeper Understanding", Pink Floyd's "Meddle",  Queens of the Stone Ages' "Vilains",  

Album Encounters for the 2016-17 school year were:  Jeff Beck's "Loud Hailer", Pink Floyd's "Meddle", Panic! at the Disco's "Death of a Bachelor", Beatles' "Live at The Hollywood Bowl", Bastille's "Wild World", The Doors' "The Future Starts Here", Mudcrutch with Tom Petty's "2", Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon", Phish's "Big Boat", Grateful Dead's "Skeletons From The Closet", Radiohead's "A Moon Shaped Pool", John Lennon's "The John Lennon Collection", Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", Rolling Stones' "Blue and Lonesome", Pink Floyd's "Animals", Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Getaway", Led Zeppelin's "III", Yes' "The Ultimate Yes", Ryan Adams' "Prisoner",  Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell",  Shins' "Heartworm",  Nirvana's "Unplugged in New York",  Sublime's "Sublime",  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 level of Cowley Hall. Cowley Hall is on the northwest corner of East Ave. and Pine Street (look for the smokestack).  

PARKING: The Cowley Hall Parking Lot no longer exists. A new building is being constructed where it was. ALL Commuter Lots (the Stadium Lot C-2 is the closest and it is on the northeast corner of East Avenue and Pine Street), as well as the Parking Ramp (entrance is on the north side of Farwell Street between 16th and 17th Streets), have Pay Stations in them. They take coins, bills, or cards. They need to be used from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. They are NOT enforced after 7 pm weekdays or on weekends. 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. 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 after 7 pm weekdays or on weekends. 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 Wimberly Hall to get to Cowley Hall due to construction of the new Student Union and new Science Building. The only doors that you can enter Cowley Hall through are on the south side of the building.

1. Album Encounters - Park in the Stadium Lot (Commuter Lot 2) Use the Cleary Center Lot (Commuter Lot 12), or the Parking Ramp if the Stadium Lot is full. 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. NOTE - There are uually high school football games Fiday evenings in September and October. On those nights, park in the Cleary Lot or in the Parking Ramp.

2. Public Programs - The Stadium Lot (Commuter Lot 2) is on the northeast corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. It is not enforced on weekends, so you do not need to use the Pay Station. Commuter Lots (C) and the Parking Ramp are NOT enforced on weekends, so you do not have to use the Pay Stations then. There are home UW-L football games October 7th and 21st. The Stadium Lot will be full on those days, so use the Cleary Center Lot or the Parking Ramp. If you park in the Parking Ramp, you will have to walk around the east or west side of Wimberly Hall to get to Cowley Hall due to construction of the new Student Union and new Science Building. 

3. School Group or Private Group Programs: From 7 am to 7 pm weekdays, cars or vans can park in ANY Commuter (C) Lot or in the Parking Ramp (Levels 1, 2, or3) and use the Pay Stations. The Stadium Lot Pay Station is near the corner of East Avenue and Pine Street. The Parking Ramp Pay Station is near the entrance.  The Pay Station will ask you to enter your license plate information.

Weekday parking for the Planetarium is available through Pay Stations in the Stadium Commuter Lot 2 (C-2), on the northeast corner of East Ave. and Pine Street (on the west side of Roger Harring Stadium) or in the campus Parking Ramp (entrance on the north side of Farwell Street, between 16th Street and 17th Streets). Temporary 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