Planetarium Programs 

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER 2016 (prints best on legal-seized 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.
 
Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
Join Rocket Rookies 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.
 
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
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
 
Cosmic Journey
Voyage through our solar system in search of worlds that might support life. Produced by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
 
Discover the Stars
On a clear, dark night, how many of us have gazed upon the stars...and wondered? Go beyond a simple observation of the night sky and delve into the fascinating lives of stars. Why do they differ in brightness and color? How are they alike and how do they differ from each other? How long do they last—and what happens afterward? Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the night sky! Produced by Bays Mountain Productions.
 
From Earth to the Universe
The night sky has been the subject of wonder and awe for as long as there have been people, perhaps humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. Learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes. Produced by the European Southern Observatory.
 
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.
 
We Choose Space
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.

 

Planetarium Special Events 

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

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
 
Celebrate Space Frontier Week (the anniversary of Apollo 11, the first piloted moon landing) with 7 planetarium programs a day for three days in a row, 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 19, 20, and 21
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
 

Astronomy Story Castle
 
Join Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter at the Main Library for this special story time about what planetarium curators do all day, and what it’s like behind the scenes at the planetarium.
 
Date: Tuesday, July 26
Time: 10:30 – 11:00
Ages: 3 and up
Location: Story Castle in the Children’s Department on the First Floor of the Main Library
Cost: Free

ArtWalk Astronomy
 
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. We’ll try for Venus and Jupiter as they become visible after the sun sets behind the parking garage, with the moon visible throughout ArtWalk. As the sky darkens we’ll see Mars and Saturn, too!
 
Date: Saturday, August 13
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

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, Mars, 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 September 6 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, September 10
Time: 8:30 – 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 9-18, May 9-18, June 8-17. For further information and to download a Family Activity Packet suitable for families and school classes, go to the Globe at Night website 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.