Science can be a frightening word, particularly when it’s listed under cause of death and followed by three exclamation points. Overcome your fear of knowledge with today’s Groupon to Fiske Planetarium in Boulder. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get two tickets to a star or laser show (a $14 value).
- For $14, you get four tickets to a star or laser show (a $28 value).
- For $21, you get six tickets to a star or laser show (a $42 value).
The skyward dome of Fiske Planetarium acts as a projector screen for immersive, educational shows about the universe and laser light shows set to toe-tapping music. The planetarium features a constantly rotating series of trips into the cosmos; shows such as “The Crowded Sky” explore the satellites and space debris that make up interstellar rush-hour traffic. Meanwhile, “CO Skies” shows the most visible constellations of the current season and how to find them.
Alternatively, songs from musical acts such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and AC/DC lend oomph to laser light shows, during which choreographed lasers and special effects perform a wave-particle Humpty Dance for the audience’s amusement. For a list of shows, check the schedule.
On September 19, 1975, CU alum Wallace Franze Fiske’s wish “to build and equip a planetarium for the University of Colorado” was finally realized with the dedication of the eponymous geodesic dome built thanks to his generous bequest. From its inaugural showing of a program detailing supernovae decades ago, the planetarium has upheld Fiske’s vision with an ever-evolving lineup of educational initiatives, engaging events, and outreach activities. Now under the helm of a passionate staff composed of members of CU’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, its programs grant the community a chance to explore the wonders of outer space. The skyward dome of Fiske Planetarium, featuring a state-of-the-art 8K theater, one of the first in the nation, acts as a projector screen for immersive, 360-degree educational star shows showcasing the universe's glittering galactic splendor. Laser shows set to jazz, rock, and classical music feature choreographed lasers and special effects that perform a wave-particle Humpty Dance for the audience's amusement. Audiences can catch showings in Spanish as well as English.
2414 Regent Dr.
Boulder, Colorado 80309