Planetarium Programs

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

Summer Morning Kids’ Specials 

(recommended for elementary school age children)


Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

November, 2014

Join Rusty Rocket as he takes a class of Rocket Rookies on an introductory tour of the solar system before he retires . Rookie candidates in grades 1 through 5 and their families are welcome to come with Rusty — will it really be his last blast? Produced by Sudekum Planetarium Stellar Experiences.


Flight Adventures

December, 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.

Public Programs

(most appropriate for age 10 and up)


Black Holes

Explore with us the science and mystery of one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? What are supermassive black holes? Narrated by John de Lancie of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and produced by Clark Planetarium Productions. 

Dawn of the Space Age

Return with us to the Space Race, the early days of Soviet and American space exploration. Witness the launch of Sputnik 1 and the flights of Vostok, Voskhod, and Gemini. Beat the Russians to the moon with Apollo, see the International Space Station, and look ahead to the upcoming age of commercial space flight! Produced by Mirage 3D. 

Firefall

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

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 & The Sky Tonight + Eclipse!

 This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets. In October it will include information about the October 23 partial solar eclipse. 

Stonehenge

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? “Interact for Definiti” a production of the Lawrence Hall of Science – Distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc. 

To Space and Back

Space exploration helps us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, reaching down to our world to influence the way we live. Discover an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space paves the way for devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc. 

 

Planetarium Special Events

Printable Planetarium Special Events Schedule    

Astronomy Activities - October, November, December

Opelousas Music & Market 

Weather permitting, we’ll celebrate Astronomy Day with a telescope at Music & Market in Opelousas for viewing the moon. As the first stars come out, we may briefly be able to spot Saturn, too! Date: Friday, October 3 
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Le Pavilion, near the Jim Bowie Visitor Center, 828 East Landry St. 
Ages: All welcome 
Cost: Free 

Partial Solar Eclipse Party ‘14 

Weather permitting, the planetarium staff and volunteers will set up safe solar telescopes on the top floor of the parking garage near the Museum for viewing the October partial solar eclipse. With about a quarter of the sun’s disk blocked from view, this will be the best partial solar eclipse seen in Acadiana since 2001! Viewing begins as the eclipse starts and goes until we lose sight of the sun due to clouds or sunset. Because this event will happen on a concrete floor with no shade at all, 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: October 23, 2014 
Time: 5:00 – approximately 6:30 p.m. 
Location: top floor of the Parc Auto du Centre-Ville Parking Garage near the Museum 
Ages: All welcome 
Cost: Free (+ cost of parking) 

To learn more about this eclipse before it happens, see an October “Sky Tonight” planetarium program! 

Thanksgiving Eve in Parc Sans Souci 

Look for our telescope in the crowd! Weather permitting, we’ll look for the crescent moon early and other objects after the moon goes down behind buildings. Date: Wednesday, November 26 
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Location: Near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci 
Ages: All welcome 
Cost: Free

Orion Launch Day 

Join us for the first unpiloted test launch of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, ultimately intended to send Americans to the Moon, nearby asteroids, and even Mars! Museum and Planetarium activities are being planned during the two weeks prior to launch in conjunction with NASA to celebrate this big step toward the continued human exploration of the inner solar system. Watch for specific dates and times as NASA’s launch schedule becomes firmer!Planned Orion Launch Date (as of mid-September): Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 

OCRA Festival of Lights 

If it’s a clear night look for planetarium telescopes not far from the Children’s Court at the Oil Center's Festival of Lights for a great view of the full moon! Don’t forget to dress for evening temperatures. Location: Coolidge St., a half block from the Children’s Court, Festival of Lights 
Date: Friday, December 5 
Time: Dusk to about 10:00 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. 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.