NEW: Special Eclipse shows & activities
The United States will experience a full solar eclipse in August 2017 and the path of totality will travel through Idaho! The Whittenberger Planetarium will recognize and explain this event at several public planetarium shows in August. These public shows will be on Thursday, August 10th at 7:00pm, Friday, August 11th at 7:00pm, and Tuesday, August 15th at 5:30 and 7:00pm. Get an overview of the constellations, planets, and moon we can see in the August skies, learn about eclipses and how to properly observe them, and build an eclipse viewer following the program.
These shows will be offered free of charge thanks to support from the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force which is supporting efforts to prepare the public to safely enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. We especially hope that educators will take advantage of this opportunity. Ten seats have been reserved in each show for school teachers and one guest until August 1. If you are a teacher, please contact Kinga Britschgi directly for your ticket reservations before August 1. All other reservations are due in advance and can be made here.
Plan to arrive early as reservations will be forfeited to walk-ins 10 minutes before show time. Walk-ins who are unable to get a seat for the planetarium program will be provided with a mini-lecture on the science and safety of eclipse viewing and build an eclipse viewer. Everyone attending should bring an unflattened, empty cereal box if you would like to build a pinhole projector for eclipse viewing.
NEW: Public Show: July 14th, 2017 at 7:00pm. Topic: Eclipse. Purchase your reservation here.
NEW: Eclipse Stories from Around the World with Jim Cogan and Amy Truksa: July 27th, 2017 at 7:00pm. Purchase your reservation here.
NEW: Eclipse Stories from Around the World with Jim Cogan and Amy Truksa: August 10th, 2017 at 5:45pm. Purchase your reservation here.
NOTE: if you are an employee or a student of The C of I please call Kinga Britschgi for Public Show reservations.
The Wittenberger Planetarium has been serving primarily as a public outreach facility since 1970. It is the annual destination of thousands of people throughout the Treasure Valley and for people as far away as central Oregon and central Idaho. Programs are provided to school and home-school groups, scouts, the public, and to college classes from though out the Treasure Valley. We extended our outreach in the early 1990s with the purchase of a portable planetarium that is rented by schools and organizations throughout southwestern, west-central Idaho, central Oregon, and Nevada.
Please let Kinga (208-459-5211) know if you have special needs in the planetarium as we are limited two designated spaces for wheelchair seating and extra time is needed to enter the planetarium through the platform lift for handicapped access.
(Photo credit on this page: Becky J. Parkinson)