SkyQuest is a longer program is for those who want to delve more deeply into astronomy and space topics with our expert staff.
*Free telescope viewing follows the shows, weather permitting.
Manned (and Womanned) Space Flight: Past, Present and Future
December 4, 6, 11, 18, 20
Celebrate the first test of NASA's new Orion Crew Module by hearing about the glories and perils of manned space flights in the 50's - 70's, why the US currently has no vehicle with which to launch astronauts to space, and the plans for the future of manned space flight with the Orion program.
Instructor: Fran Ratka, Planetarium Coordinator
Our Little Piece of "Laniakea"
January 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 29
Laniakea means "immense heaven" in the native Hawaiian language. Astronomers recently expanded the view of our neighborhood and named the gigantic supercluster that we live in just that. Come learn about recent advances in the field of cosmic map-making and learn how our little piece of the Universe just got a whole lot bigger. We will discuss the compositions of galaxies as well as galactic structure.
Instructor: Katy Accetta, Planetarium Specialist
Ancient Civilizations and the Night Sky
February 5, 7, 12, 19, 21, 26
Learn Discover how ancient cultures viewed the night sky and kept track of what they observed. Find out how constellations, planets and moons go t their names and some of the interesting mythology that the ancients used to explain the Universe and their day to day lives.
Instructor: Bill Reed, Planetarium Specialist
*Free telescope viewing follows the Saturday shows, weather permitting
Doors close promptly at start time. Tickets for all star shows are available at
the front desk 30 minutes before the program begins on a first-come, first-served basis. All
shows include an overview of the current night sky and any news from the space agencies.
For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted.