- These programs are free of charge.
- The doors will open 20 minutes before the shows.
The Planetarium is closed for public shows
from 24 July to Mid-September
Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Summer shows 15 June through 21 July with different programs each week.
Show dates - June 15 and 16
with a young woman on her personal quest to find a special place in the night
sky. Starting with childhood adventures
on Mars (thanks to a cardboard rocket), then the discovery of her “birthday
star”, eventually leading her to becoming an astronomer. During the remainder of the show she shares
telescopic views of celestial objects and describes the night sky. Narrated by Roxann Dawson this is an
entertaining and educational exploration of the night sky.
Show dates - June 22 and 23
Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across
the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
Discover causes of color like why the sky is blue and why Mars is
red. Look within a plant leaf and
journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a black hole
then back to your doctor’s office. Prepare
for an adventure under the rainbow of cosmic light!
Show dates - June 29 and 30
Light Years From Andromeda
A beam of light leaves the Andromeda
galaxy and travels intergalactic space.
On a planet in a nearby galaxy, intelligent life evolves. As the light travels, over millennia, the
primitives on the planet form cultures and civilizations -- and begin to wonder
about the universe around them. When the
light finally reaches these people, on the planet Earth, some of the descendants
of the early hunters had just escaped Earth to visit their Moon.
Show dates - July 6 and 7
Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions
Were the Apollo visits to
the moon just a hoax? Have aliens landed
on Earth? Can you tell your future from
the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle
pseudoscience head-on in this new planetarium show. Based on the book and website by the same
name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the
cosmos. Join the “Bad Astronomer” Phil
Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths to show visitors how science
is used to judge questionable claims.
Show dates - July 13 and 14
Mars conjures up impressions ranging
from the hottest scientific frontier to aliens from science fiction. MarsQuest offers both a historical and
futuristic look at the Red Planet.
Narrated by Patrick Stewart, it is presented in three short sections, starting
with our historic views of Mars. In part
two we move from the one-eyed green Martians of Sci-Fi to the realities of
scientific observations. Learn how
misconceptions vanished when the Viking spacecraft landed. We conclude with a look into future manned
and unmanned missions. Join us learning
about the Red Planet.
Show dates - July 20 and 21
Chasing the Ghost Particle
Deep in the ice at the heart of
Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for
mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The
IceCube project starts with a cube shaped detector, measuring two kilometers on a
side, buried in the ice of the South Pole looking for traces of neutrinos. Scientists are using this detector at one of
the most remote locations on Earth to study the insides of stars and
galaxies. Chasing the Ghost Particle:
From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe takes you on an incredible journey.
Future Shows -
Public shows resume Mid-September
Fall show titles will be determined and posted here by August 1.
The Stargazer - Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Night Skies of Spring -
Mondays at 8 p.m.
SHOWDATES: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; and May 4 - NO SHOW March 16
Showtimes 20:00 (8 p.m.)
As the seasons change, so does our view of the night sky.
This show takes an in depth look at the stars, planets and constellations of the current night sky.
If the skies are clear following this program we open the Arthur J. Pejsa observatory to allow visitors an opportunity to view objects in the real night sky.
The stars themselves are featured in our last program as we look at the life cycles of the stars. This program is narrated in part by Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt. Uhura in the