Laser Shows Bring Crowds to Planetarium

Throughout October, the Del and Norma Robison Planetarium drew visitors to campus from across northeast Missouri with a series of musically inspired laser light shows.

In conjunction with the Kirksville Tourism Office, the planetarium hosted daily laser shows from Oct. 8-22. The presentations featured music by artists including the Beatles, Pink Floyd and U2, among others. Utilizing a catalogue of 19 different programs, the planetarium welcomed visitors to a total of 32 separate viewings during the 15-day period.

Due to the success of the first set of shows, the planetarium brought many of the popular October laser shows back for the holiday season. This time programming ran from Dec. 2-10 and included additional holiday shows for the entire family to enjoy.

Although the laser shows have concluded, the planetarium continues to entertain guests with regular showings that focus on planet Earth, the universe and mankind’s place in the cosmos. A new planetarium show, “The Dark Matter Mystery,” will debut in the spring semester. The planetarium can accommodate 60 guests at a time for screenings on its 1,800-square-foot panoramic screen. To learn more about the planetarium and its programming, or to purchase tickets to a show, visit

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