Planetarium Programs 

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER  

Kids’ Special Programs

Aimed at elementary school aged children

Flight Adventures

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.

Larry Cat in Space

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!” Created by Loch Ness Productions and distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

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 ó 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 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?

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?

New Horizons to Pluto

After a nearly 10-year trip, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly by Pluto on July 14. Pictures and data will stream back for months as we study Pluto closely for the first time! Find out about Pluto, the mission, and what is being learned!

Quick Look

This 5 to 10 minute presentation provides a quick look at a changing “topic of the day” for Space Frontier Week.

The Sky Tonight

This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.

Skywatchers of Africa

From the ancient Egyptians to the present, Africans have used their sky knowledge to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. This program highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed over thousands of years, and celebrates our shared human experience. Originally produced by the Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) and adapted for full dome by the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center (Nashville, TN).

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Join two kids going to a star party where they meet the astronomy lady, who tells them all about telescopes and what astronomers find with them. Discover the amazing world of telescopes and the universe! 


Planetarium Special Events

Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Acadiana will get a great view of the total lunar eclipse on the evening of September 27, and (weather permitting) the Museum will have telescopes in Parc Sans Souci for free public viewing! The partial phase of the eclipse should become noticeable around 8:00 p.m., and viewing will begin shortly after that as the moon rises above the trees. Totality will be from 9:11 to 10:23, with greatest eclipse at 9:48 p.m. The partial eclipse will end by 11:30. This will be the best chance in years for a good view of one of nature's best sky events! Download the PDF for more info!
Location: Parc Sans Souci, downtown Lafayette
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. CDT
Ages: Best for ages 5 to adult, but younger kids are welcome

Cost: FREE

Thanksgiving Eve Telescope in Parc San Souci 

Look for our telescope in the crowd! Weather permitting, weíll look for the double star Albireo, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the planet Uranus. The moon may rise over the tree line just before the celebration ends, too!
Date: Wednesday, November 25
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci
Ages: All welcome
Cost: FREE

OCRA Festival of Lights 

If it is a clear night look for planetarium telescopes at our new festival location near the Post Office. We'll look at a variety of celestial objects, perhaps including the planet Uranus. Don't forget to dress for evening temperatures.
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: Dusk to about 9:00 p.m.
Location: Coolidge St., on the median at the corner with Audubon Street, near the USPO
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 2015 dates are October 3–12, November 2–11, December 2–11. 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

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.