Fiske Planetarium

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Fiske Planetarium

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The 65-foot diameter dome of Fiske Planetarium located on the beautiful grounds of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Fiske Planetarium has a lot going on ranging from laser light shows, astronomer and astronaut talks, and NASA and other educational events.

A Few Sample Fiske Planetarium Shows:

Live Talks

  • Mars Revealed
  • Celestial Mechanics
  • Many Faces of Hubble
  • The Death of Stars
  • The Dark Universe

Laser Shows

  • Lady Gaga
  • Pink Floyd
  • Daft Punk
  • AC/DC
  • Tool
  • Nirvana
  • Michael Jackson

The most recent schedule for all the fun events:  Fall 2012 Schedule

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The Zeiss Mark VI Star Projector affectionately named Fritz.

It was named after the engineer who installed it. There are only a few of these bad boys around, and CU Boulder has one!

Fritz is in charge of making the amazing lights that fill the dome with stunning, dancing colors during laser light shows.

After an amazing 37 years of service, Fritz is going to be retired and replaced with a new digital system.

Therefore, Fiske Planetarium will be closing December 2012. They will reopen in the fall of 2013. Please plan accordingly.

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Fiske Planetarium opened in 1971 thanks to a generous donation from a 1917 CU alumnus, named, you guessed it, Fiske!

Recently we went to Laser Lady Gaga. I was surprised to see that there were only 20 – 25 people in attendance.

The auditorium seats 212 and back in the day, the place would sell out.

Also, I didn’t remember the music being that loud!

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Fiske Planetarium is open:

  • 8:30 to 4:30 on the weekdays
  • Evenings and weekends for special events
  • Friday nites for laser shows
  • Thursdays nites for night sky discussions

Lots of Freebies and Handouts for Souvenirs in the Lobby Area

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For News and Events

Call the office @ 303- 492-5002

Follow on Twitter @fiskeplanet

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Where to Park

Park in Lot 308 for FREE after 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday (as long as there are NO special or sports events)

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Fiske Lobby

Admission Prices

Entrance to the lobby area is FREE!

Talks and shows are as follows:

Evening Talks:

  • Adults $7.00
  • Child/Senior $3.50

Laser Shows:

  • All ages $7.00

Family Matinées:

  • Adults $6.00
  • Children/Seniors $3.50

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Next door to Fiske: Free Public Open Houses at Sommers-Bausch Observatory on Friday evenings. Look at the stars thru telescopes.

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