Dawn of the Space Age
Return with us to the Space Race, the early days of Soviet and American space exploration. Witness the launch of Sputnik 1 and the flights of Vostok, Mercury, Voskhod, and Gemini. Beat the Russians to the moon with Apollo, see the International Space Station, and look ahead to the upcoming age of commercial space flight! Produced by Mirage 3D.
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.
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.
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?
This 5 to 10 minute presentation provides a quick look at a changing “topic of the day.” (November only.)
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.
We Are Astronomers
Today’s astronomers are not the lone observers of past centuries. Discover the global collaboration, technology from telescopes to the Large Hadron Collider, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe.
We Choose Space
Space beckons. On a clear, dark night, we see the moon, planets, and the deep universe, fascinating but unreachable. The International Space Station and other satellites move overhead, urging us outward. Narrated by astronauts and the late Walter Cronkite, this program from the Houston Museum of Natural Science takes you from the moon race into the space station itself and on to one possible future in space.
Planetarium programs generally last 35 to 40 minutes. They begin promptly and late entry is not possible. People of all ages are welcome, but programs may overwhelm pre-schoolers because of darkness, length, and more. Please be prepared to exit the planetarium if your child becomes disruptive.
ArtWalkWeather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope on the Vermilion Street sidewalk near the fountain in Parc Sans Souci during the October ArtWalk. It will be International Observe the Moon Night, and we should have a nice view of the moon!
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Steampunk and Makers Fair
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope at Parc International in downtown Lafayette during the early evening of this event. We’ll try first for Venus at its half phase and then at the half moon.
Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Weather permitting, the planetarium will have a telescope at Downtown Alive! from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:
Oct 18: Parc Sans Souci for Venus and then the full moon
Nov 15: Parc International for the gibbous moon
Nov 27: Parc Sans Souci Holiday Celebration for Venus (very briefly!) then The Pleiades
OCRA Festival of Lights
If it’s a clear night look for planetarium telescopes at the Oil Center's Festival of Lights, not far from the Children’s Area. We'll show festival-goers Venus, the moon, and more. Don’t forget to dress for evening temperatures.
Location: Coolidge St., a half block from the Children’s Court, Festival of Lights
Date: Friday, December 6
Time: dusk to about 10:00 p.m.
Ages: all welcome
Fee: Free after entry to the festival
Comet ISON will be in the pre-dawn sky during November and December. Earlier this year it seemed as if it might become a very bright comet, but comet brightness is hard to predict! By September, it looked as if it would be much fainter, perhaps only barely visible to the unaided eye far from city lights. If Comet ISON becomes a bright comet, watch for information from the planetarium about how to see it and whether pre-dawn viewing parties are scheduled.