March 13, 2023–The Bushman Planetarium at Missouri Western State University will present a public showing of “Nine Planets and  Counting” and “Journey to the Stars” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16. The planetarium is located inside Agenstein Hall, room 147.

poster for Nine Planets and Counting

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, students, military and seniors. Planetarium tickets must be purchased in advance, either online at or in person at Agenstein Hall 140 during regular business hours 8 a.m.-1 p.m and 2-4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday.

“Nine Planets and Counting”

Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back billions of years in time to witness the birth of the universe. On this breathtaking excursion, you’ll witness the formation of galaxies and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae and astronomical structures yet discovered. As your travels continue, you’ll fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour through the solar system.

“Journey to the Stars”

Witness the life and death of stars in our sky, including our own sun. Extraordinary images captured by telescopes on Earth and in space, combined with stunning never-before-seen images of physics-based simulations, will launch you through time and space for an incredible trek through our night sky. Tour stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries and discover the fascinating story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the sky in the same way again. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

The Bushman Planetarium features a Digistar 4 projection system and a dome that is tilted slightly, rather than directly overhead, making viewing easier. The Dolby 5.1 surround sound system enhances your viewing experience.

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