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

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER 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.
 
Flight Adventures
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
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 Magic Tree House: Space Mission
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.
 
Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
After decades of teaching Rocket Rookies the basics of astronomy and rocket science, Rusty Rocket has plans to retire. His last mission is an introductory tour of the solar system and the planets’ environments. 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.

Programs for the General Public: 

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.
 
Stars
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 – distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.
 
Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how astronomy was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge building Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world. Produced by Evans & Sutherland.
 
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) 

Archaeoastronomy for Archaeology Day and Month 

October is Louisiana Archaeology Month and October 21 is International Archaeology Day. Celebrate by attending “Stars of the Pharaohs,” a planetarium program about Egyptian archaeoastronomy (the study of ancient astronomy and sky mythology).

Location: In the LSM Planetarium
Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday from October through December
Times: 1:30 p.m. (October & November); 4:00 p.m. (December)
Ages: 10 – adult (younger children may attend but may not enjoy the program)
Fee: FREE with regular Museum admission


Autumn Star Party
 If it’s a clear evening, we’ll set up telescopes near the parking lot at Picard Park for public observing of the Moon (briefly), Saturn, and a variety of double stars, star clusters, 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 at 291-5547 by October 18 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 basketball courts (enter from Rue Fosse)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Fee: FREE

International Observe the Moon Night at Downtown Alive!

Join us to enjoy not only the DTA festivities but also International Observe the Moon Night. Weather permitting, we’ll have telescopes out for public viewing of the Moon and Saturn! Saturn’s largest moon Titan should also be visible as a starlike object in the telescope—two moons for the price of one!

Location: Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette
Date: Friday, October 27
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ages: All welcome (but pre-schoolers have trouble looking through telescopes)
Fee: FREE

Thanksgiving Eve Telescope in Parc Sans Souci

Look for our telescope in the crowd! Weather permitting, we’ll watch the crescent moon until it sets behind buildings and then look for other celestial targets.

Date: Wednesday, November 22
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Parc Sans Souci
Ages: All welcome
Fee: FREE

OCRA Festival of Lights

If it’s a clear night look for our planetarium telescope at our festival location near the Post Office. We’ll look at the nearly full moon! Don’t forget to dress for evening temperatures.

Date: Friday, December 1
Time: Dusk to about 9:00 p.m.
Location: Coolidge St., on the median at the corner with Audubon Street, near the US Post Office
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.