Public Planetarium Programs (Teachers: Click HERE for School Programs)

Printable Planetarium Program Schedule with Program Times - APRIL, MAY, & JUNE 2017 (prints best on legal-sized paper)

Saturday Morning Kids’ Special—Programs aimed at elementary school aged children:
 
Larry Cat in Space (Watch the trailer)
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!’ This show was created by Loch Ness Productions.
 
The Little Star That Could (Watch the trailer)
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. After Little Star finds his planets, each is introduced with basic information about the solar system. Produced by AVI, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the BCC Planetarium.
 
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 our new planetarium capabilities to help you find out!
 
Space School (Watch the trailer)
How do astronauts train for missions? They go to Space School! Follow NASA astronauts as they prepare for the weightlessness of space by training underwater at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab and at Aquarius Reef Base on the ocean floor. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.


Programs for the General Public:
 
Back to the Moon for Good (Watch a trailer)
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?
 
Black Holes (Watch a trailer)
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.’ Produced by Clark Planetarium Productions.
 
Eclipse!
On August 21 Americans will see the first total solar eclipse to touch the continental USA since 1979! Although only a partial solar eclipse is seen in Acadiana, it will be a good one that you won’t want to miss. Find out what’s happening and how to view it safely!
 
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.
 
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun (Watch a trailer)
Thousands of planets – exoplanets – found orbiting other stars show that our solar system is not alone in the universe and that we must improve our understanding of planets and solar systems. As astronomers use the Kepler Telescope and rapidly improving technology, the discovery of exoplanets puts us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Produced by Boston’s Museum of Science.
 
We Choose Space (Watch a trailer)
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 Special Events 

Printable Planetarium Activities Schedule (prints best on letter-sized paper) 

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 through August
Time: Lunchtime, approximately noon – 1 p.m.
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

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.
 
Date: Saturday, June 10
Time: 6:00 – approx 7:30 p.m. (sun viewing) & about 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Jupiter viewing)
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

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. Planetarium Curator Dave Hostetter will visit four branches of the Lafayette Public Library with programs about it. Find out what’s happening and, since you should never directly at the sun, how to view the eclipse safely!
 
Dates:
Tuesday, June 13 (Main Library)
Wednesday, July 12 (South Regional Library)
Monday, July 17 (North Regional Library)
Tuesday, July 18 (East Regional Library)
Times:
7:00 – 8:00 p.m., June 13 & 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)
Cost: Free!

Moonlight Yoga and Telescope
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)
Cost: 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 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.