Planetarium Programs 

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH 2017 (prints best on legal-sized paper)

Saturday Morning Kids’ Special—Programs aimed at elementary school aged children:
Rusty Rocket's Last Blast
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 along with Rusty – will it really be his last blast? Produced by the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center.

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? Produced by NSC Creative.

Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe
Discover IceCube, a telescope buried deep in the South Pole ice to detect neutrinos. Scientists use these tiny and elusive particles to study powerful cosmic events like exploding stars and black holes. There are neutrinos going through you as you read this! Produced by the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure
Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. Multicolored rings decorate the sky. Travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons. Produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

The Edge of Darkness
Discover small bodies in our solar system! Fly by the great cliffs on comet 67P, take a close look at the fascinating bright "lights" on Ceres, and see the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. Produced by Evans & Sutherland, and narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.

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.


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: Museum Classroom (afternoon) | Acadiana Park (evening)
Date: Saturday, February 4
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 31, 2017

International Day of Planetaria
March 12, 2017, is the International Day of Planetaria, celebrated in domes around the world. We’ll be open! 

Sun-Earth Day is a day of learning about the sun and its effects on Earth, celebrated every year around the March equinox.
Get Ready for the Eclipse!
August 21, 2017, will see the first total solar eclipse to be visible in the continental USA since 1979! In Acadiana we will see it as a very good partial solar eclipse. Find out what’s happening and, since you should never look directly at the sun, how to view the eclipse safely!
Safe Solar Observing
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 18
Times: Get Ready for the Eclipse: 1:00 p.m.
Safe Solar Observing: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Get Ready for the Eclipse: Museum Auditorium
Safe Solar Observing: Behind the Museum at the corner of Polk and Congress Streets
Ages: All welcome
Fees: Get Ready for the Eclipse: Free with regular museum entry fee for each person
Safe Solar Observing: Free
Spring Star Party
If it’s a clear evening, we’ll set up telescopes in the parking area near the basketball courts at Picard Park for public observing of Mars, the Orion Nebula, and more (including Jupiter after about 9:30). If you have binoculars or a telescope you already know how to use, bring it and join the fun! If you don’t have a telescope, come anyway and use one of ours. Meet other people with an interest in astronomy, share your knowledge, and learn something all at the same time. Because of possible mosquitoes, wearing long pants, long sleeves, socks, and closed-toe shoes is highly recommended, as is dressing for evening temperatures. Don’t forget your bug spray! People bringing a telescope should call the planetarium at 291-5547 by March 14 for more information. No alcohol or controlled substances, please, and use only flashlights that give off red light.
Location: Picard Park, near the ball fields and basketball courts (enter from Rue Fosse)
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Fee: 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. There are worldwide Globe at Night campaigns every month, and the next dates are April 9-18, May 9-18, June 8-17. For further information and to download a Family Activity Packet suitable for families and school classes, go to the Globe at Night website 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.