Public Planetarium Programs (Teachers: Click HERE for School Programs)

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2018 (prints best on legal-sized paper)

Kids’ Special—Programs aimed at elementary school aged children:

Flight Adventures (best for ages 6 – adult)
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.
 
Earth, Moon, and Sun (best for ages 7 – 12)
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.
 
Larry Cat in Space (best for ages 5 – 10)
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!” This show was created by Loch Ness Productions.
 
Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast (best for ages 5 – 12)
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 Sudekum Planetarium.

Programs for the General Public: 

ALMA: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins (best for ages 10 – adult)
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international observatory high in Chile’s 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.
 
Awesome Light, Episode 1 (best for ages 10 – adult)
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.
 
Back to the Moon for Good (best for ages 8 – adult)
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? Produced by NSC Creative.
 
Black Holes (best for ages 10 – adult)
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,” and produced by Clark Planetarium Productions.
 
The Modern Universe (best for ages 7 – adult)
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 (best for ages 5 – adult)
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.

 

Planetarium Special Events 

Printable Planetarium Activities Schedule (prints best on letter-sized paper) 

 
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: Lafayette Science Museum Classroom (afternoon) & Acadiana Park (evening)
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Times: Computer Pre-class: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Telescope Class: 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 16, 2018
 

The Universe in Music

Combine astronomy and music with this special presentation by electronic music composer and musician Jonn Serrie and Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter! Learn some astronomy; discover the fusion of science, technology, and inspiration in electronic music; and enjoy live performances of Serrie’s music. Serrie has 23 albums in release and has created music for planetariums, movies, documentaries, World’s Fair exhibits, aerobatic acts, and NASA (including NASA’s 30th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission). He owns a section of the original Star Wars Death Star prop model, which will be on display in the planetarium lobby!

Presenters: Electronic Music Composer and Musician Jonn Serrie & Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter
Location: Lafayette Science Museum Planetarium
Dates: Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9, 2018
Times: 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Ages: 16 – adult (please do not bring younger children)
Fee: $25 ($20 for Museum members)
 

International Day of Planetaria

March 11, 2018, is the International Day of Planetaria, celebrated in domes around the world. We’ll be open!


Sun-Earth Day Solar Viewing at the Lafayette Mini Maker Faire

Join us at the Mini Maker Faire for Sun-Earth Day, our annual celebration of the sun and its effects on Earth every year around the March equinox. Weather permitting, a solar telescope will be set up for safe viewing of the sun. See any sunspots that may be visible that day!

Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 10:30 – Noon
Location: Behind Lafayette Science Museum at the corner of Polk and Congress Streets
Ages: All Welcome
Fees: 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. Worldwide Globe at Night campaigns happen monthly, and the next 2017 dates are July 15 – 24, August 14 0150 23, and September 12 – 21. For more 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/.

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.