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

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - APRIL, MAY, and JUNE 2018 (prints best on legal-sized paper)

Kids’ Special—Programs aimed at elementary school aged children:

Flight Adventures (best for ages 6 – 12)
Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds,
kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new
and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators—like you! Produced by the
Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
 
Larry Cat in Space (best for ages 5 – 10)
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.
 
The Little Star That Could (best for ages 5 – 10)
Follow the story of Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm.
Along the way he meets other stars, learns what makes each one special, and discovers that stars combine
to make star clusters and galaxies. Finally Little Star finds his planets, each one introduced with basic
information about the solar system. Produced by Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc.
 
The Magic Tree House: Space Mission (best for ages 8 – 12)
Visit the Magic Tree House and follow Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the
Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Produced by the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science
Center.
 
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (best for ages 8 – 12)
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.

Programs for the General Public: 

The First Stargazers (best for ages 8 – adult)
Journey back in time to explore how the ancients experienced the sky, guided by a friendly time traveler who
has visited Earth many times before. Witness an early stargazer making a Moon calendar out of animal bone
30,000 years ago. Discover the sky alignments of the pyramids of Giza, the Parthenon, the Alexandria Library,
Stonehenge and Abu Simbel Temple, and be inspired by the early stargazers. Produced by the Milwaukee
Public Museum.
 
Gravity of Jupiter (best for ages 8 – adult)
Learn how NASA’s Juno mission measures the gravity of Jupiter, and why that holds the key to unlocking the
origins of the Solar System.
 
The Modern Universe (best for ages 7 – adult)
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 (best for ages 5 – adult)
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
 
Stars (best for ages 10 – adult)
Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their
lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through
every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest
reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Produced
by Sudekum Planetarium and NSC Creative ñ distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.
 
Two Small Pieces of Glass
Join two kids going to a star party where they meet the astronomy lady, who tells them all about telescopes
and what astronomers find with them. Discover the amazing world of telescopes and the universe!
 
We Are Astronomers (best for ages 10 – adult)
Today’s astronomers are not the lone observers of past centuries. Discover the global collaboration,
technology from telescopes to the Large Hadron Collider, and dedication required to answer the unresolved
questions of the Universe.

 

Planetarium Special Events 

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

Telescope at Downtown Alive!
Weather permitting, watch for the planetarium telescope during Downtown Alive in Parc International! We’ll
set up near the Children’s Museum of Acadiana to do some safe viewing of the sun as well as trying for Venus
in daylight!
 
Date: May 11
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Fee: Free

The Universe in Music
Combine astronomy and music with this special presentation by electronic music composer and musician Jonn Serrie and Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter! Learn some astronomy; discover the fusion of science, technology, and inspiration in electronic music; and enjoy live performances of Serrie’s music. Serrie has 23 albums in release and has created music for planetariums, movies, documentaries, World’s Fair exhibits, aerobatic acts, and NASA (including NASA’s 30th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission). He owns a section of the original Star Wars Death Star prop model, which will be on display in the planetarium lobby!
 
Presenters: Electronic Music Composer and Musician Jonn Serrie Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter
Location: Planetarium
Dates: Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1
Times: 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 16 – adult (please do not bring younger children)
Fee: $25 (Buy tickets in advance from https://www.eventbrite.com/ ; do a search there for “Universe in Music”)(Museum members can get a $5 rebate at the door by presenting their tickets and memberships card)
 

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
Fee: Free

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.