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What’s over your head tonight?
Patrick Galvan

Treat yourself to an elite opportunity right here in your own city: 40 minutes, free of charge, The Skies over Kearney takes a look at the constellations in the night skies. Despite outdoor conditions, the sky is always clear inside the planetarium and the view is incredible.

The show at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 gives observers the opportunity to see the wondrous and ever-changing universe. Dan Glomski of the Nature Center in Grand Island will present The Skies Over Kearney.

Bruner Hall of Science has a planetarium as sophisticated as any in the country. “We’re very fortunate,” said Jose Mena-Werth, the director of the planetarium. The UNK planetarium is currently the most modern planetarium between Chicago and Phoenix. A $600,000 NASA grant helped fund the new planetarium, which features a state-of-the art projector, the Zeiss Skymaster ZKP4.
“Each of the 6,000 stars is individually projected on the dome with fiber-optic technology,” Dr. Mena-Werth said. “The space and time functions of the projector are completely computer controlled. We can navigate to any place in the world, and any date in the past or future, with the push of a button.”

The skies above us are constantly changing as the planet revolves around the sun. During the two previous Skies Over Kearney events, viewers learned about a comet and the mysterious “Goldilocks planet,” which may one day become a new home for mankind.  

And now they are gone, but what could be in the skies this month? You’ll have to attend the show to find out.

Observers are served on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be an encore immediately after the show if more than 60 people wish to attend. Admission to all shows are free, but the planetarium will graciously accept any donation of dry or canned goods for a local food pantry. Please remember that no food or drinks are allowed in the planetarium.

Coming soon:

The Christmas Star will search for a scientific explanation of the star that marked the birth of Jesus. The planetarium's star projector will serve as a way to go back more than 2000 years in time and space.

7:00 PM December 3rd The Christmas Star  

7:00 PM December 17th The Christmas Star  7:00 PM

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jose Mena-Werth at or his office number 308-865-8283.


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