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“Transit of Venus”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Fiske Planetarium

Fiske Planetarium
Ranked #24 of 134 things to do in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Over 25,000 visitors a year gaze at the stars and learn about astronomy and space science at this Colorado University planetarium, which offers workshops, shows and hands-on activities. The Fiske's newest exhibit showcases findings from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Boulder, Colorado
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“Transit of Venus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

Although some people like the regularly scheduled laser light shows, I go to the Fiske Planetarium for their astronomical presentations. The transit of Venus on June 5, 2012, was a uniquely satisfying experience.

Between the informative lectures in the planetarium (by world-famous experts) and the projected video feeds from telescopes in Boulder and various places across the United States (especially Mauna Kea in Hawaii), the planetarium presentation on June fifth was great. The Sommers-Bausch Observatory next door offered public viewing through three of their own telescopes and another dozen telescopes brought in by volunteers.

Unfortunately, there will not be another transit of Venus until the year 2117. But catch the planetarium shows for solar eclipses, lunar eclipses, planetary conjunctions, and more. Or if you prefer the light shows, go for those.

Visited June 2012
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Greenville, Delaware
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“Memorable Experience and educational!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

On The University of Colorado campus there is this awesome planetarium that features lectures and laser light show with music. (Lady Gaga is next in April and we are planning to attend).) My 15 year-old didn't want to go at first, but it was the highlight of her trip. Rates are reasonable and parking is free after 5 and on the weekends which makes this a real steal.They also will rent out the venue for events which I think would be so much fun. Boulder is a town that abounds with cool and unusual things to do either for free or at a steal. This is one of them!

Visited November 2011
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2010

It started off late with technical difficulties, then when it did start the commentator was hard to understand with his strong accent. He explained things about the stars but used a laser pointer which really was difficult to see how the shapes in the sky really took to an actual form of something and when he did put up the form he didnt know the right buttons to push and went through five quickly before finding the right one. Then he didnt leave it up long for us to get understand how the stars make up that item that was being spoken about. I wasn't impressed and very bored with the presentation. Then the laser show was even worse. It was boring and the same thing for a really long time and it did not keep your attention. We left early because we had enough of it all. I have been to the one in Denver and it is much better and put on as an actual show that makes sense. I don't recommend The Fiske Planetarium at all.

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“At home under the dome”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2004

I used to live in Boulder, and loved this place so much I ended up volunteering there.It's a great family-friendly place - all kids love space, and parents will be wowed enough by all the fun visuals (and probably fascinated by how it all works) to be interested, too. The laser shows - recently revamped - are a treat.Be sure to ask whoever's running the show any questions you might have - they're all pretty knowledgeable - or, if you're curious, it's worth hitting someone up for a few minutes' tour.

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