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Buckstaff Planetarium

The Buckstaff Planetarium is located on the UW Oshkosh campus, south of Halsey Science Center. Public planetarium shows are presented once/month by Science Outreach teaching assistants. Private shows can be scheduled for your group by calling the Science Outreach office at 920/424-0287 or email The planetarium seats 50 people and shows are about 45-50 minutes in length. Cost: $50/show

Buckstaff Planetarium 


The Planetarium Will be Closed for 2015

The Planetarium will be closed until further notice for up coming construction.  We look forward to seeing you when we re-open!!


Planetarium Shows

Earth in the Solar System

Ages: 4 years though adult

Content: You will see a basic overview of the significant structures of our solar system. Included are images of the planets in our solar system with a focus on their differences and similarities, and on the movement of the planets around the Sun.  *This show was written to address the WI science standards.

 Starry Nights

Ages: 4 years through adult

Content: The viewer will see a seasonal overview of constellations and stars.  We will share some of the cultural mythology that is associated with them and the circumpolar (year-round) constellations.  Learn about the role and importance of Polaris (North Star).

 The Big Dipper

Ages: 4 years through adult

Content: This show concentrates on the most recognizable asterism in the northern hemisphere.  The Big Dipper can be used to find many constellations in the night sky in an easy to remember format.  Also included is some of the mythology and importance of this constellation from many different cultures.

 What Is In the Sky?

 Ages: 3-9

Content: Kids are invited to look up and ask,  “What is in the sky?”  We will start with clouds and other things we can see during the day and at night.  Then we will discuss how telescopes can help us see the sky better and introduce the planets and stars.

 The Signs of the Zodiac

Ages: 9 years though adult
Content: Learn the history and stories behind all the signs of the Zodiac.  The viewer will learn when and where to find the different constellations in the sky.

  Native American Star Stories

Ages: 4 though adult

Content:  The focus of this show is on some of the star stories that have been passed down through the generations by different Native American cultures.

 A Deeper Look at the Night Sky

Ages: 8 years through adult

Content: This show will examine the constellations that can be seen on the night of the show and highlights the brightest stars.  Then we will take a deeper look into these constellations to find any anomalies (nebulae, galaxies, etc.) that are located in that part of the sky.

Explorers of Mauna Kea

Ages: 9 years through adult

Content: “Explorers of Mauna Kea” was developed by the Bishop Museum and NASA.  Mauna Kea is a mountain in Hawaii with dozens of telescopes.  The show talks about how the mountain was created, some of its early history and some of the astronomy that is being done there today.

 Monsters in the Sky

Ages: 9 years through adult

Content: Hear stories from many different cultures about some of the scary monsters that can be found in our night sky as constellations.

 Christmas Nights

Ages: 9 years through adult

Content: What is the Christmas star? How did the sky appear to the Magi (i.e., astrologers) in years 2 and 3 B.C.? What was the sky like on the night that Christians celebrate as the birth of Jesus? Learn the answers to these questions and more!

 Love is in the Sky

Ages: 9 years through adult

Content: Enjoy a love-guided tour of the evening sky. Learn about the timeless love stories that include Vega, Altair and the Corona Borealis to name a few!

Anomalies of the Universe

Ages: 9 though adult

Content: Come learn about solar nebula, comets, meteorites and meteor showers, asteroids and the asteroid belt, Aurora Borealis and the life of a star.

 Space Exploration

Ages: 4 through adult

Content: Highlighted in this show are some of the history and current advancements mankind has made in space exploration.



To get to campus from Highway 41, take exit 119 Hwy 21/Omro Rd. Head east on Hwy 21/Omro Rd. Continue heading east over the Fox River bridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right (south) onto High Ave. Turn left (east) onto Woodland Ave -- this road will be immediately after the Heating Plant. Cross the intersection of Woodland Ave. and Algoma Blvd. into Lot 4A. Park in Lot 4A. The planetarium is located in the south west corner of Halsey Science Center.

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