When you think ‘yoga’ you might not think ‘telescope,’ but if you do yoga with the Iberia Parish Parks & Recreation Wellness Program,
look for our telescope after class in June. Weather permitting, we’ll see the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and maybe some star clusters and
other deep sky objects! Long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bug spray are recommended.
Date: Wednesday, June 28
Time: 8:45 – 10:00 p.m. (after the Moonlight Yoga class at 8:00 p.m.)
Where: Curtis J. Landry Park, 2016 Jane Street, New Iberia, LA
Ages: 10 – adult (for information and yoga sign-up, call Susan at 337-519-2864)
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
Get Ready for the Eclipse!
Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit three branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about the eclipse. Find out
what’s happening and how to view the eclipse safely. Remember, you should never look directly at the sun!
Dates: Wednesday, July 12 (Lafayette South Regional Library)
Monday, July 17 (Lafayette North Regional Library)
Tuesday, July 18 (Lafayette East Regional Library)
Times: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., July 12
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., July 17 & July 18
Ages: 8 - adult (families are welcome, but younger children may not enjoy the presentation)
Enjoy seven planetarium programs a day for three days in a row! 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! Click HERE
for a complete schedule and program descriptions.
Dates: August 1, 2, & 3 (Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday)
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
ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy
Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, we'll start by showing the sun safely from the sidewalk on Jefferson
Street about a block from the Museum, and as the sun starts to go down we'll relocate to Parc Sans Souci near the fountain to observe
Jupiter and Saturn.
Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 6:00 to about 7:00 p.m. (sun viewing) & about 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (planet viewing)
Ages: All welcome
The August 21 Solar Eclipse
This first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979 will be seen in a narrow band stretching across the country from Oregon
to South Carolina, and in Acadiana it will be a very good partial eclipse! Museum eclipse activities other than planetarium programs
are on the back of this page.
Partial Eclipse Party
Weather permitting, the planetarium staff and volunteers will set up safe solar telescopes and other safe solar observing materials near
the gazebo in Parc Sans Souci near the Museum for viewing the partial solar eclipse. With about three-quarters of the sun's disk blocked
from view at maximum, this will be the best partial solar eclipse seen in Acadiana in many years! The eclipse starts about 11:53 a.m.
and goes until the end at 2:53 p.m. With maximum eclipse at 1:25 p.m., this will be a great lunch time event! Because this eclipse
will happen on an August afternoon, please be sure to bring water and protect yourself from the heat and sun. Bring your friends and
neighbors to enjoy the eclipse with us, but please do not bring your own telescope. Remember: never look directly at the sun whether
there is an eclipse or not!
Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette
Ages: All welcome
Free Eclipse Glasses!
The Museum has 200 FREE eclipse glasses to give away on eclipse day, courtesy of NASA! These glasses use a material made especially for
solar viewing, and will protect your eyes as long as you put them on before looking at the eclipse. Regular sunglasses or materials
you have around the house will not protect your eyes. Be safe!
Lafayette Science Museum Facilities
Although the Museum is closed to the public every Monday, during the eclipse the doors nearest Parc Sans Souci will be open for free so
eclipse-goers can have access to water fountains, rest rooms, and an air-conditioning break if the day is hot and humid. Exhibits will
not be open, however.
Can't make it to the park? Weather permitting the Lafayette Science Museum Observatory will live stream the partial eclipse and you can
watch it from our web site wherever you are – even from the park while you are in line to look through a telescope!
In Case of Clouds and Bad Weather
If the weather stops our eclipse viewing, the Museum's auditorium will be available for free live streams of the eclipse from other parts
of the country. Use the Museum entry doors closest to Parc San Souci to get to the auditorium.
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.