Dr. Ken Trantham
Chair, UNK Department of Physics and Physical Science, 308.865.8278 or; Dan

Glomski, planetarium presenter, 402.902.9724

The Milky Way will be the focus of the planetarium show at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“July is the peak time to view the Milky Way,” said Dan Glomski, guest presenter. “We’ll take a trip along the Milky Way and cruise through the summer skies.”

The UNK planetarium, which is in the Bruner Hall of Science, is a fully accessible, 60-seat public science theater. Each of the 6,000 stars is individually projected on the dome with fiber-optic technology.

The show is free and open to the public; however, donations to the local food pantry will be accepted. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7 p.m. If there is an overflow crowd, an encore show will be presented at 9 p.m. Children must be five years of age, or older, to attend.

Immediately after the presentation, weather permitting, attendees will have an opportunity to view the night skies at the Seven Hills Observatory, a privately owned observatory west of the campus. Several telescopes will be available at the observatory.

To reach the Seven Hills Observatory after the planetarium presentation, attendees will take Highway 30 west to Cottonmill Avenue, turn right and continue north on Cottonmill Avenue past Cedar Hills to Ridgeline Road; turn right on Ridgeline Road, take the first left, and the observatory is located behind the first house on the right. There is no admission charge for viewing at the observatory.