Public Planetarium Programs (Teachers: Click HERE for School Programs)

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - JULY, AUGUST, & SEPTEMBER 2017 (prints best on legal-sized paper)

Saturday Morning Kids’ Special—Programs aimed at elementary school aged children:
 
Earth, Moon, and Sun
Discover why the sun rises and sets, why the moon has phases and craters, and more – all with the help of Coyote, who may have a bit to learn himself! Produced by UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
 
Larry Cat in Space
Follow the adventures of Larry Cat as he sneaks into a spacecraft to follow his human to a moon base. Learn about the moon – or, as cats call it, the ‘meeoon!’ This show was created by Loch Ness Productions.
 
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and vivid imaginations, two children go on a magical journey through the Solar System, landing on Venus, flying through the rings of Saturn, and more. Produced by Clark Planetarium and distributed by Sky-Skan.
 
Space Flight for Kids
How did we go to the moon? How will we go back? What about the Space Shuttle and Space Station? What will replace the Shuttles now that they are retired? This program uses rocket models, 1/50th scale rocket drawings, and our new planetarium capabilities to help you find out!


Programs for the General Public:
 
Eclipse!
On August 21 Americans will see the first total solar eclipse to touch the continental USA since 1979! Although only a partial solar eclipse as seen in Acadiana, it will be a good one that you won’t want to miss. Find out what’s happening and how to view it safely! A brief ‘kid-friendly’ introduction to eclipses for elementary school aged students will be included with the Friday morning ‘Sky Tonight’ program.
 
The Edge of Darkness
Discover small bodies in our solar system! Fly by the great cliffs on comet 67P, take a close look at the fascinating bright "lights" on Ceres, and see the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. Produced by Evans & Sutherland, and narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.
 
The Modern Universe
Different every time, this live program is about our modern understanding of space and the universe. Questions welcomed! The sun? Saturn? Exoplanets? Galaxies? What would you like to learn today?
 
The Sky Tonight
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
 
Space School
How do astronauts train for missions? They go to Space School! Follow NASA astronauts as they prepare for the weightlessness of space by training underwater at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab and at Aquarius Reef Base on the ocean floor. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.
 
Back to the Moon for Good
Discover the Apollo era and what it taught us about the moon, then learn about the 30 million dollar Google Lunar X Prize offered to the first team who can land a private spacecraft on the moon and perform specific tasks! Who will win the Google Lunar X Prize? Produced by NSC Creative.
 
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
Thousands of planets – exoplanets – found orbiting other stars show that our solar system is not alone in the universe and that we must improve our understanding of planets and solar systems. As astronomers use the Kepler Telescope and rapidly improving technology, the discovery of exoplanets puts us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Produced by Boston’s Museum of Science.

 

Planetarium Special Events 

Printable Planetarium Activities Schedule (prints best on letter-sized paper) 

Moonlight Yoga and Telescope
When you think ‘yoga’ you might not think ‘telescope,’ but if you do yoga with the Iberia Parish Parks & Recreation Wellness Program, look for our telescope after class in June. Weather permitting, we’ll see the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and maybe some star clusters and other deep sky objects! Long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bug spray are recommended.
 
Date: Wednesday, June 28
Time: 8:45 – 10:00 p.m. (after the Moonlight Yoga class at 8:00 p.m.)
Where: Curtis J. Landry Park, 2016 Jane Street, New Iberia, LA
Ages: 10 – adult (for information and yoga sign-up, call Susan at 337-519-2864)
Cost: Free!

Lunchtime Sidewalk Astronomy
Watch for one of the planetarium’s telescopes by the Museum at the corner of Jefferson and Congress Streets. See a safely filtered view of the sun and any sunspots that day!
 
Date: Every clear Wednesday, June - August
Time: Lunchtime, approximately noon - 1 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

Get Ready for the Eclipse!
Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit three branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about the eclipse. Find out what’s happening and how to view the eclipse safely. Remember, you should never look directly at the sun!
 
Dates: Wednesday, July 12 (Lafayette South Regional Library)
Monday, July 17 (Lafayette North Regional Library)
Tuesday, July 18 (Lafayette East Regional Library)
Times: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., July 12
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., July 17 & July 18
Ages: 8 - adult (families are welcome, but younger children may not enjoy the presentation)
Cost: Free!

Planetarium Marathon
Celebrate Space Frontier Week (the anniversary of Apollo 11, the first piloted moon landing) with 7 planetarium programs a day for three days in a row, and the only programs that will repeat are our regular 4:00 p.m. ‘Sky Tonight’ programs! Some programs will be designed for children while most will be for the general public. Topics include constellations, telescopes, planets, stars, galaxies, space flight, and more – pick your preference or see ‘em all! See our web site for a complete schedule and program descriptions.
 
Dates: July 18, 19, & 20 (Moon Landing Day!)
Times: 1st program, 9:30 a.m.; last program, 4:00 p.m.; 7 programs each day
Ages: All welcome, but programs are not recommended for pre-schoolers
Location: Lafayette Science Museum Planetarium
Cost: Free with regular entry to Museum

ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy
Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, we'll start by showing the sun safely from the sidewalk on Jefferson Street about a block from the Museum, and as the sun starts to go down we'll relocate to Parc Sans Souci near the fountain to observe Jupiter and Saturn.
 
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 6:00 to about 7:00 p.m. (sun viewing) & about 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (planet viewing)
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

The August 21 Solar Eclipse
This first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979 will be seen in a narrow band stretching across the country from Oregon to South Carolina, and in Acadiana it will be a very good partial eclipse! Museum eclipse activities other than planetarium programs are on the back of this page.

Partial Eclipse Party
Weather permitting, the planetarium staff and volunteers will set up safe solar telescopes and other safe solar observing materials near the gazebo in Parc Sans Souci near the Museum for viewing the partial solar eclipse. With about three-quarters of the sun's disk blocked from view at maximum, this will be the best partial solar eclipse seen in Acadiana in many years! The eclipse starts about 11:53 a.m. and goes until the end at 2:53 p.m. With maximum eclipse at 1:25 p.m., this will be a great lunch time event! Because this eclipse will happen on an August afternoon, please be sure to bring water and protect yourself from the heat and sun. Bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy the eclipse with us, but please do not bring your own telescope. Remember: never look directly at the sun whether there is an eclipse or not!
 
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

Free Eclipse Glasses!
The Museum has 200 FREE eclipse glasses to give away on eclipse day, courtesy of NASA! These glasses use a material made especially for solar viewing, and will protect your eyes as long as you put them on before looking at the eclipse. Regular sunglasses or materials you have around the house will not protect your eyes. Be safe!

Lafayette Science Museum Facilities
Although the Museum is closed to the public every Monday, during the eclipse the doors nearest Parc Sans Souci will be open for free so eclipse-goers can have access to water fountains, rest rooms, and an air-conditioning break if the day is hot and humid. Exhibits will not be open, however.

Eclipse Livestream
Can't make it to the park? Weather permitting the Lafayette Science Museum Observatory will live stream the partial eclipse and you can watch it from our web site wherever you are – even from the park while you are in line to look through a telescope!

In Case of Clouds and Bad Weather
If the weather stops our eclipse viewing, the Museum's auditorium will be available for free live streams of the eclipse from other parts of the country. Use the Museum entry doors closest to Parc San Souci to get to the auditorium.

Globe at Night – at Home!
Globe at Night is a worldwide study of light pollution and its effect on the night sky. By making and reporting simple observations of well-known constellations from your home, you can provide some of the data scientists need. Worldwide Globe at Night campaigns happen monthly, and the next 2017 dates are July 15 – 24, August 14 0150 23, and September 12 – 21. For more information and to download a Family Activity Packet suitable for families and school classes, go to the Globe at Night web site at http://www.globeatnight.org/.

The Telescope Line and Facebook
If the weather's bad, has a telescope viewing been cancelled? Call 337-291-5544 during Museum hours to find out! Cancellations will also be announced on the Lafayette Science Museum Facebook page.