Open the doors to one of the world’s most famous observatories! Voyage into the Subaru, Gemini, Keck, and Canada-France-Hawai'i observatories to explore an exoplanet, a supernova, stars orbiting at the center of the Milky Way, and the 1° galactic survey. Produced by Sky-Skan for 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i.
Explore the science and mystery of one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? What are supermassive black holes? Narrated by John de Lancie of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Produced by Clark Planetarium Productions.
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 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.
To Space and Back
Space exploration helps us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, reaching down to our world to influence the way we live. Discover an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space paves the way for devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.
How do astronauts train for missions? They go to Space School! Follow NASA astronauts as they prepare for the weightlessness of space by training underwater at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab and at Aquarius Reef Base on the ocean floor. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.
Planetarium Special Events
How to Use A Telescope for Astronomy
Discover what can be found in the current sky, acquire many helpful viewing hints and use your telescope in an outdoor observing session (weather permitting). Plan to attend both sessions and bring your telescope. Be sure to dress appropriately for evening temperatures for the observing session. If your telescope is driven by a computer, plan also to attend the computer pre-class — computers will not be covered in the telescope class itself.
Instructor: Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter
Location: Museum classroom (afternoon); Acadiana Park (evening)
Date: Saturday, January 16
Computer Pre-class Times: 1:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Telescope Class Times: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 10 – adult (12 and under w/ adult)
Fee: $5 per telescope (more than one family member can attend) + regular museum entry fee for each person
Register by: Tuesday, January 12
ArtWalk Astronomy, Saturday, March 12
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette for observing the moon from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Jupiter may rise above the trees shortly after 7:30!
Location: 433 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Sun-Earth Day is a day of learning about the sun and its effects on Earth, celebrated every year around the March equinox. Weather permitting, a solar telescope will be set up behind the Museum at the corner of Polk and Congress Streets for safe viewing of the sun.
Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 prominent constellations from your home, you can provide some of the data scientists need. There are several worldwide Globe at Night campaigns coming up: January 1 – 10, February 1 – 10, and March 1 – 10, 2016. For further 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/.
International Day of Planetaria
March 13, 2016, is the International Day of Planetaria, celebrated in domes around the world. We’ll be open!
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.