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?
The Sky Tonight
Every Tuesday through Saturday except holidays
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
ALMA: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins
Colors from Space
Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
Awesome Light, Episode 1
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.
The Little Star That Could
May and June, 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.
Presented by astronomer Dr. Alan Duffy of the University of Western Australia, “Dark” explores the possible nature of dark matter that may make up nearly 80% of the universe, but can’t be seen by regular telescopes. With computer simulations of dark matter evolution, Duffy explains why astronomers think dark matter exists, how it helps us understand the history of the universe, and why radio astronomy could be used to find it.
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 and distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.
This 5 to 10 minute presentation provides a quick look at a changing “topic of the day.”
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!
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!
Planetarium Special Events
Astronomy Activities - April, May, & June, 2014
Evening Sidewalk Astronomy
Friday, April 11: Downtown Alive
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the Polk Street entrance to Parc International in downtown Lafayette from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. with a nice twilight view of the nearly full moon, Jupiter, and perhaps Mars. Free.
Saturday, May 10: ArtWalk
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for viewing of the moon and Jupiter during twilight. Free.
Saturday, June 14: ArtWalk
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. 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
Tine: Lunchtime, approximately noon - 1 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Spring Star Party and Telescope Fair
If it’s a clear evening, we’ll set up telescopes near the parking lot at Picard Park for public observing of the moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and more. If you have binoculars or a telescope you already know how to use, bring it and join the fun! If you don’t have a telescope, come anyway and use one of ours! Meet other people with an interest in astronomy, share your knowledge, and learn something all at the same time. Because of possible mosquitoes, wearing long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toe shoes is highly recommended. Don’t forget your bug spray! People bringing a telescope should call the planetarium by April 30 at 291-5547 for more information. No alcohol or controlled substances, please, and use only flashlights that give off red light.
Location: Picard Park, near the ball fields and tennis courts (enter from Rue Fosse)
Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
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.