Planetarium Programs

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - APRIL - MAY - JUNE 

Saturday Morning Kids’ Special — 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. 

ALMA: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins 

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. 

Black Holes 

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. 

Discover the Stars 

On a clear, dark night, how many of us have gazed upon the stars...and wondered? Go beyond a simple observation of the night sky and delve into the fascinating lives of stars. Why do they differ in brightness and color? How are they alike and how do they differ from each other? How long do they last—and what happens afterward? Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the night sky! Produced by Bays Mountain Productions. 

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 discovers a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and influences 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. 


Planetarium Special Events

Printable Planetarium Special Events Schedule    

Astronomy Activities - January, February, March

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 2nd floor multi-purpose room (afternoon), Acadiana Park (evening) 
Date: Saturday, January 24 
Times: Computer Pre-class: 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. / Telescope Class: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 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 20 

ArtWalk Astronomy, Saturday, March 14 

Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette for observing Venus, Jupiter, and other celestial objects from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free. 

Sun-Earth Day 

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 21 
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Ages: All welcome 
Fee: Free 

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.

International Day of Planetaria

March 15, 2015, 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.