Invaders of Mars! at Griffin Planetarium

Playing this weekend and next in UCA’s Griffin Planetarium is Invaders of Mars!

Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm on 9/22, 9/23, 9/29 & 9/30.

The one-hour shows this week include a tour of the evening sky,
the fall equinox, and the full-dome movie “Invaders of Mars”
narrated by Tom Baker of Dr. Who fame.  Located in the Conway Corporation Center for the Sciences, doors open at 7:30pm.  Seating Limited!
For the full Fall 2017 Planetarium schedule, please go to


Observatory Public Viewing Wednesday, 9/20

The UCA Observatory will be open from 8 pm to 10 pm tonight to the public for views of the universe through the 14-inch aperture telescope. Stairs to the observatory are located in the front lobby of Lewis Science Center.

 Please click on link below for remainder of  Fall 2017 observatory  nights:

1st CNSM Tailgate of the Season, 9/16!

Saturday, 9/16

Starting at 4 pm

On Bruce Street in front of the Crafton Alumni Pavilion

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and fixins will be provided starting at 5:30 pm — first-come, first-served! Hosted by the Physics Club (SPS) and Math Club. Please bring a side dish, chips, non alcoholic drinks or dessert to share! See you there! Football game starts at 7:15 pm! Go STEM Bears! 

Future tailgates and the associated CNSM student orgs can be found here:


Fall Public Planetarium Shows

The fall public planetarium shows at the Griffin Planetarium are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm) during the following weeks:
September 1 thru October 14
October 27 thru November 18
December 1 thru Dec 16

Stars of the Pharaohs is showing on Friday, 9/1, and on Saturday, 9/2.

Admission is free. Seating limited to the first 94 people.

For a complete listing of show titles, please go to UCA’s Planetarium website.

The Science of Super Heroes

Science Wednesday kicks off the fall semester Wednesday, 8/30, 6:30 pm, at Kings Live Music in downtown Conway!


Arrive early as seating is limited.


Science Wednesday is sponsored by the Society of Physics Students at UCA. Click here for more information.


Eclipse Viewing Links for Monday 8/21

Dr. Scott Austin, Director of Astronomical Facilities at UCA, shares the following website links for your live eclipse viewing on Monday, 8/21:

Night Under the Stars 8/21

Beginning at 5 p.m. on 8/21, the Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium will be showing condensed NASA footage of the solar eclipse from earlier that afternoon in 15-minute intervals. To conclude the evening, guests will have the opportunity to view the premiere of the planetarium’s public fall show, “The Edge of Darkness,” at 7 p.m.

Guests may also tour the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

Tickets are $10 and can bepurchased by clicking here.

All proceeds will go to the Dr. Edmond E. Griffin Planetarium in order to ensure the continued quality of planetarium productions.


The 2017 Analysis and Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios (AICS) Camp is being hosted by CNSM this week, June 26 – June 30.  The week-long residential camp is for high school juniors and focuses on national cyber intelligence and security issues. The Department of Homeland Security through the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) funds this camp.

For more information, please click here for the UCA NEWS details.

JMNR Prairie in Full Bloom!

The JMNR committee wanted you all to know that the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve prairie will be on fire with blooming Blazing Star and other perennial prairie plants from June 23rd until July 3rd or so.  If you’re in Conway, please consider a walk through the reserve on UCA’s campus to see the show and you’ll notice many improvements Dr. KC Larson and her crew have made in the last year.

Griffin Planetarium Summer Public Show Schedule

May 26 – July 7 and August 4 – 18:   3 pm and 8 pm

All shows are currently free and first-come first-seated for up to 94
people per show.  Donations to the Griffin Planetarium are
encouraged (Give to Griffin link).  Doors open 30 minutes before show time.  The one-hour shows include a tour of the current sky and a full-dome movie.  Griffin Planetarium is located inside the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences building at UCA.
Full-dome movies:
Secret Lives of Stars:  May 26, June 2, July 7, August 4
Invaders of Mars:  June 9, 16, August 11, 18
Stars of the Pharaohs: June 23, 30