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  • Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased at least 5 minutes before program time. For safety reasons, late admittance is not permitted.
  • Due to field trips, camps and other group events, this schedule is subject to change. We encourage you to check the alert box on the upper left corner of our home page or contact us at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans.
  • We are happy to accommodate your group. Please contact us at 440-871-2900 to make arrangements.

Stellar Stars Fall
Date: September 1 - November 30 Time/Duration: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 12 noon;
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
  For families with children ages 3 - 7 Fee: $3/person

Blast off and travel through the stars as you visit different destinations in the Solar System and constellations in the night sky. This program is approximately 25 minutes.

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.  

For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.

Schedule of  Subjects for Spring Below:

8/31-9/6            Earth   Aquila

9/7-9/13            Mars   Delphinus

9/14-9/20          Asteroids   Capricornus

9/21-9/27          Jupiter   Corona Borealis

9/28-10/4          Saturn   Hercules 

10/5-10/11        Uranus   Aquarius

10/12-10/18      Neptune   Pegasus

10/19-10/25       Dwarf Planets   Ursa Major 

10/26-11/1         Comets   Cassiopeia    

11/2-11/8           Sun   Cepheus

11/9-11/15         Mercury    Pisces

11/16-11/22       Venus   Andromeda

11/23-11/29       Earth   Lacerta

11/30-12/6         Mars   Cetus 



International "Observe the Moon" Night
Date: September 18;
Rain//cloud date: September 19
Time/Duration: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: Free of charge

Join us at Huntington Beach and together we'll join others across the world in observing and celebrating the Moon. Kids of all ages will enjoy fun activities and in addition to looking at the Moon with our eyes, we'll also have our telescopes set up for viewing. Please feel free to bring binoculars, blankets or chairs for your comfort.

NOTE: This program takes place at Huntington Beach. Please take the stairs near the concession stand to get down to the beach.

This program is for all ages.

Instructor: Planetarium Staff

Advance registration is NOT required



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast
Date: November 1 - 30 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 12 Fee: $3/person

Travel through the Solar System with Rusty Rocket and his last class of “rocket rookies” as they learn everything they need to know to become space rockets, just like Rusty.

Running time: 32 min

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.



Family Astronomy Day: Shooting Stars
Date: September 26 Time/Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $4/person

A special planetarium program created just for today will be available at regular intervals throughout the event, giving your whole family a chance to enjoy the show and learn a thing or two about shooting stars. Everyone will enjoy crafts, activities and the opportunity to touch a real meteor!

Activities are ongoing. Stop in to get a wristband at the Information Desk to participate in all activities.

Plan about 2 hours to complete all activities.

Pre-registration is not required

Click here to register


Full Dome Children's Feature Show: Legends of Perseus and Andromeda
Date: October 1-31 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
  Recommended for families with children ages 3 - 12 years Fee: $3/person

Owl and Socrates tell the fairy tale legend of brave Prince Perseus and beautiful Princess Andromeda in a fun way, even though there is a monster or two to look out for.

Running time: 18 min

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.



Twinkle Tots Fall 2015
Date: September 1 - November 30 Time/Duration: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 11 a.m.
  For ages 0 - 3 Fee: $2/person (including infants)

Check out pictures made of stars and moving lights in the sky. Enjoy lively music and how fun it is to be in the dark.

This program is approximately 15 minutes long.

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.



For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted.



No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.



It All Started with a Big Bang: Tri-C Westshore Encore Course
Date: Tuesdays September 15, 22 and 29 Time/Duration: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  For Adults Fee: $45/person
Register with Tri-C Westshore at 216-987-3075
Spring Registration is currently open.

Find out what's way out there-hundreds of thousands, millions and even billions of light years away! This class will take you places that you may not even know exist, but we'll be back in time for dinner. Explore stars and how they die, the formation of galaxies, the age and size of the Universe, why the Universe gets bigger every day and more.

Instructor: Nick Anderson

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore immediately at 216-987-3075 OR online at this site beginning August 22.

Click here to register


Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe: Tri-C Westshore Continuing Education Course
Date: September 25, Friday Time/Duration: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
  Adults ONLY Fee: $29/person

Taking a seat with us in this program is almost like hitching a ride on a spaceship. Buckle up as we depart Earth and visit our neighbors in the Solar System. We'll travel to the edge of the Milky Way and to the galaxies beyond. Weather permitting we will spend some time outside with a telescope enjoying the wonders of the night sky.

Instructor: Bill Reed

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore immediately at 216-987-3075 OR online at this site beginning August 22.

Click here to register



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: The Little Star That Could
Date: September 1 - 30 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3 - 12 Fee: $3/person
Join us for a story about Little Star, a star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. On his adventure, he'll meet other stars, learn what makes each star special and discover what happens when stars combine. This full dome "movie" is 25 minutes long.



Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.



For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted.



No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.


SkyQuest - FALL
Date: September 10
October 8
November12

*Free telescope viewing follows all shows, weather permitting
Time/Duration: 7:30 p.m.

*Free telescope viewing follows
the shows, around 8:30 p.m.
  Recommended for preteens through adults
Fee: Fee: $5/person

Stay up to date on the amazing field of Astronomy or see our new full dome shows. This approximately 45 minute program is followed by a look at what's up in the current night sky using the Center's new projectors. Free telescope viewing follows the shows, weather permitting.

Pluto: Up Close and Personal                 September 10

Since its discovery 80 years ago, we've wondered about this small, distant object in the sky. With New Horizons making its closest approach this past July, the information from space is finally here!

Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe             October 8

Follow astrobiological arguments about the existence of life beyond Earth with this full dome feature show and have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System             November 12

Scientists have developed NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) to explore the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Learn how its being used in this full dome feature show and participate in discussion following the program.

*Free telescope viewing follows the 7:30 p.m. shows, weather permitting



You-niverse! Fall 2015
Date: September 1 - November 30 Time/Duration: Saturday, Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays: 12 noon and 2:00 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $3/person

Locate the moon, find the planets, identify constellations and more with the whole family. This program is approximately 20 minutes.

Tickets for all planetarium shows are available at the Information Desk 30 minutes before the program begins.

Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased AT LEAST 5 minutes before program time.

For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is NOT permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the planetarium.



After School Astronomy Club
Date: September 17: Mission to Mars
September 24: Journey to Jupiter
October 15: Satellites of Saturn
October 22: Close to Home
November 19: The Final Frontier
Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 4 - 6 Fee: $20/child per program date; member receive 10% discount

Get together and explore current NASA missions and the latest astronomical discoveries.  Discover different NASA missions (past, present and future) and what we've learned from each.  Enjoy the opportunity to discover, play with and control three-dimensional models on the planetarium dome! With a different and exciting focus at each meeting, you can sign up for one or all of these sessions.

September 17: Mission: Mars

September 24: Journey to Jupiter

October 15: Satellites of Saturn

October 22: Close to Home

November 19: The Final Frontier   

Instructor: Katy Accetta

Pre-registration required.

Click here to register




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