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.
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. 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 20 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?
Colors from Space
In this interactive program, you’ll discover how changing colors affect what we see, and how astronomers use light of different colors to learn more about the universe than we could otherwise learn. Interact for Definiti - a production of the Lawrence Hall of Science. Distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.
Dawn of the Space Age
Return with us to the Space Race and the early days of Soviet and American space exploration. Witness the launch of Sputnik 1 and the flights of Vostok, Voskhod, and Gemini. Beat the Russians to the moon with Apollo, see the International Space Station, and look ahead to the upcoming age of commercial space flight! Produced by Mirage 3D.
Galaxies and Cosmic Castaways
What are galaxies? Are they all the same? What happens when they collide? Visit the planetarium to explore the realm of the galaxies! Produced by LSM Planetarium & Ward Beecher Planetarium
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.
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.
Planetarium Special Events
Astronomy Activities - April, May, June
25th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s Launch
The Hubble was launched on April 24, 1990, and we will celebrate along with NASA!
During the afternoon of Saturday, April 18, there will be brief Museum presentations featuring lots of great images from the Hubble Space Telescope and how they have helped our understanding of the universe. Watch for other Hubble images and videos throughout the building from then throughout launch week, and during the Festival International weekend!
Weather permitting, look for the Planetarium’s telescope near the back of the Museum at the corner of Polk and Congress Streets from dusk until 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, during Festival International for a free look at Venus, Jupiter, and the moon. This is also part of Astronomy Day as well as the Global Star Party for Global Astronomy Month by Astronomers without Borders!
Spring 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, Venus, 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 May 20 at 291-5547 for more information. No alcohol or controlled substances, please, and use only flashlights that give off red light.
Directions to Picard Park: Go west out of town on Kaliste Saloom until it ends at a stop sign at E. Broussard. Turn left and go 1.9 miles, then turn right on Rue Fosse. Picard Park is a half mile down Rue Fosse on the left.
Location: Picard Park, near the ball fields and tennis courts (enter from Rue Fosse)
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy - Saturday, June 13
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. Once the sun sets behind a building by 7 p.m., we’ll attempt to find Venus and Jupiter. 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
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.