Planetarium Programs

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - JULY
Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - AUGUST
Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - SEPTEMBER

Summer Morning Kids’ Specials 

(recommended for elementary school age children)

Flight Adventures

July & August, 2014

Discover flight as a young girl and her grandfather 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

July & August, 2014

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 and distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

The Little Star that Could

July & August, 2014

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.

Space Flight for Kids

July & August, 2014

How did we go to the moon?  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!

Saturday Morning Kids’ Special - Earth, Moon, and Sun

September, 2014

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.

Public Programs

(most appropriate for age 10 and up)


July & August, 2014

Astronomers estimate that about 25 million meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere every 24 hours, beautiful and harmless.  However, over 150 impact craters are known on Earth and potentially hazardous objects whisk by our planet every month.  Impactors helped bring water to our young planet but also are implicated in mass extinctions.  Learn more!  Produced by GeoGraphics Imaging & Consulting.

The Modern Universe

Every Sunday except holidays

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?

Quick Look

July & August, 2014

This 5 to 10 minute presentation provides a quick look at a changing “topic of the day.”

We Are Astronomers

August, 2014

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.

The Sky Tonight

Every Tuesday through Saturday except holidays

This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets. 

In Search of Our Cosmic Origins

July, 2014

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international observatory  high in Chile’s Atacama desert.  Discover how ALMA will help us learn about our origins, from the relic radiation of the Big Bang to distant galaxies in the early universe to the molecular gas and dust constituting the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, galaxies, and life.  Produced in English by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Association des Planétariums de Langue Française (APLF), and Mirage 3D.

We Choose Space

September, 2014

Space beckons.  On a clear, dark night, we see the moon, planets, and the deep universe, fascinating but unreachable.  The International Space Station and other satellites move overhead, urging us outward.  Narrated by astronauts and the late Walter Cronkite, this program from the Houston Museum of Natural Science takes you from the moon race into the space station itself and on to one possible future in space.


September, 2014

The standing monoliths of Stonehenge were already ancient when they were discovered by the Romans almost 2000 years ago.  What was Stonehenge?  When and why was it built?

Planetarium Special Events

Printable Planetarium Special Events Schedule    

Astronomy Activities - July, August, September, 2014

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! 


Planetarium Marathon

Three days in a row with 7 planetarium programs a day, 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 22, 23, & 24

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 Astronomy

Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope on the Jefferson Street sidewalk about a half block from the Museum from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  We’ll have safe solar observing until the sun sets behind a building about 7:00 p.m., and then we’ll see if we can find Jupiter during twilight.

Date:  Saturday, August 9

Ages:  All welcome

Cost:  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. There are worldwide Globe at Night campaigns every month, and the next dates are April 20 - 29, May 19 - 28, and June 17 - 26. For further information and to download a Family Activity Packet suitable for families and school classes, visit the Globe at Night website.

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.