Planetarium Programs

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - APRIL - MAY - JUNE 

Kids’ Special Programs

Aimed at elementary school aged children

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!” Created by Loch Ness Productions and distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

The Little Star That Could

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. Produced by Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc.

Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast

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 ó will it really be his last blast? Produced by Sudekum Planetarium Stellar Experiences.

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 full dome planetarium capabilities to help you find out!

Programs for the General Public

Back to the Moon for Good

Discover the Apollo era and what it taught us about the moon. Then learn about the 30 million dollar Google Lunar X Prize offered to the first team who can land a private spacecraft on the moon and perform specific tasks! Who will win the Google Lunar X Prize?

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?

New Horizons to Pluto

After a nearly 10-year trip, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto on July 14. Pictures and data will stream back for months as we study Pluto closely for the first time! Find out about Pluto, the mission, and what is being learned!

Quick Look

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

The Sky Tonight

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

Skywatchers of Africa

From the ancient Egyptians to the present, Africans have used their sky knowledge to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. This program highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed over thousands of years, and celebrates our shared human experience. Originally produced by the Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) and adapted for full dome by the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center (Nashville, TN).

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

Printable Planetarium Special Events Schedule    

Astronomy Activities

ArtWalk Sidewalk 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 Venus and Jupiter during twilight.
Date: Saturday, July 11
Ages: All welcome
Cost: 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
Time: Lunchtime, approximately noon – 1 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free

Science Night with the Acadiana Cane Cutters

The Lafayette Science Museum will join with the Acadiana Cane Cutters baseball team for a Science Night! Enjoy the game, and (weather permitting) telescope viewing of the sun and Saturn. For more information about ticket prices, seating, and the team, see the Cane Cutters' web site.
Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Location: Fabacher Field on La Neuville Road
Cost: FREE with regular game ticket purchase

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 21, 22, and 23
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

International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide event held in conjunction with NASA and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. It's on September 19 this year, but we'll start a couple days early with an evening presentation about the moon and the upcoming total lunar eclipse, followed by lunar observing outside the Museum with a planetarium telescope (weather permitting).
Location: Lafayette Science Museum
Speaker: Dave Hostetter, LSM Planetarium Curator
Date: Thursday, September 17
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CDT
Ages: 18 and up (please do not bring younger children)
Cost: FREE

Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Acadiana will get a great view of the total lunar eclipse on the evening of September 27, and (weather permitting) the Museum will have telescopes in Parc Sans Souci for free public viewing! The partial phase of the eclipse should become noticeable around 8:00 p.m., and viewing will begin shortly after that as the moon rises above the trees. Totality will be from 9:11 to 10:23, with greatest eclipse at 9:48 p.m. The partial eclipse will end by 11:30. This will be the best chance in years for a good view of one of nature's best sky events! Download the PDF for more info!
Location: Parc Sans Souci, downtown Lafayette
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. CDT
Ages: Best for ages 5 to adult, but younger kids are welcome

Cost: FREE

International Year of Light (IYL) 

The International Year of Light focuses on light science, its applications, and its uses by humanity. Watch for IYL-related programs throughout the year. 

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.