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Three Monday night shows remaining at Barton Planetarium

The Barton Planetarium invites the community to attend its three remaining spring shows held at 7 p.m. on Monday nights. Each evening will feature movies utilizing the full-dome projection system, followed by a live presentation by Barton Community College Planetarium Director Dr. Tim Folkerts. The presentations will feature a tour of the night sky, hands-on activities or actual outdoor stargazing.

The Planetarium is located in the Science Building. Enter through the sliding doors on the north side.  Admission is free. All shows start at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Folkerts at or 620-792-9320.

Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse! Betelgeuse!

March 9 

This well-known star in Orion has dropped out of the top 10, falling in the rankings all the way to number 20. There are no demons at work, but something unusual is happening. Learn about this enormous red giant star and why astronomers think it might explode soon. 

Our Sun

March 23

The sun provides light and warmth that sustain life on earth. Learn about our star with two informative videos – how old it is, what it is made of, how it stays so hot, and much more.


March 30 

Join us as we learn about and play with light. This interactive evening will include lasers, black lights, prisms, lenses, and rainbows. Learn about differences between incandescent, LED, and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Learn how astronomers use light to study distant objects.