Planetarium Show Looks at History of Earth

The Heitkamp Planetarium at Loras College will be hosting a public show about the lifespan of the Earth on Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

“The Rise and Demise of Earth” tracks the history of the planet from its formation to how it may come to an end. The show will be presented by Bryce Platt (’22) and Emma Snyder (’22).

Loras offers the local and surrounding communities opportunities to observe the night sky in great detail in the planetarium. Live narrated shows of the night’s sky are accompanied by legendary interpretations and known facts.

The Heitkamp Planetarium opened on May 1, 1961, and has held public screenings ever since. In 2019, an honors project by Natalie Droeske (’19), Audrey Miller (’19), Austin Kuchenbecker (’19), Celia da Silva (’19) and Jacob Till (’19), oversaw the fundraising, grant applications and acquisition of a state-of-the-art projector to make it the most advanced planetarium within a 100-mile radius of Dubuque.

Tickets for “The Rise and Demise of Earth” are available at