ALMA: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international observatory high in Chileís Atacama desert. Discover how ALMA will help us learn about our origins, from the relic radiation of the Big Bang to distant galaxies in the early universe to the molecular gas and dust constituting the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, galaxies, and life. Produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Association des planétariums de langue française (APLF), and Mirage 3D.
Chasing the Ghost Particle — the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe
Discover IceCube, a ìtelescopeî buried deep in the South Pole ice to detect neutrinos. Scientists use these tiny and elusive particles to study powerful cosmic events like exploding stars and black holes. There are neutrinos going through you as you read this! Produced by the Milwaukee Public Museum.
Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure
Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. Multicolored rings decorate the sky. Travel through our solar system faster than light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons. Produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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.
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 aviator — like you! Produced by the Indianapolis Childrenís Museum.
The Magic Tree House Space Mission
Visit the Magic School 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.
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?
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 the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center.
The Sky Tonight
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
We Are Astronomers
Today’s astronomers are not the lone observers of past centuries. Discover the global collaboration, technology from telescopes to the Large Hadron Collider, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Produced by NSC Creative.
Planetarium Special Events
Astronomy at Downtown Alive!
Weather permitting; the planetarium will have a telescope in Parc Sans Souci on Friday, May 6 from 6:00 to 8:30pm. We should get a nice view of Jupiter once the sky darkens a bit. The event is free to public.
Transit of Mercury
Transits of Mercury occur when Mercury passes directly between Earth and the Sun, appearing as a slowly moving dot on the solar disk. They happen once or twice a decade on average. The next one will be in 2019, but the next one after that seen in Acadiana will not be until 2049! As with solar eclipses, without a safely filtered telescope never look directly at the sun!
The Lafayette Science Museum Observatory is making plans to livestream the transit (weather permitting) on our website and with NASA TV, a safe way to see the transit even if the Lafayette sky is cloudy!
Date: Monday, May 9, 2016
Time: approximately 7:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. CDT
Websites: www.lafayettesciencemuseum.org and http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Weíll look for the moon and Jupiter in twilight, and may catch Mars and Saturn as the sky darkens! Event is free to public.
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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 ñ August
Tine: Lunchtime, approximately noon ñ 1 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 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.