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Our planetarium has been completely transformed! We invite you to experience all your favorite programs in amazing new ways. And join us for our new full dome presentations!

We encourage you to contact our Information Desk at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans.

To find out more about the transformation and renovation of our planetarium, please visit us here.

Great Reasons to Look Up: Tri-C Westshore Continuing Education Course
Date: Wednesdays April 8, 15, 22 and 29 Time/Duration: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
  Adults Fee: $60/person
Register with Tri-C Westshore at 216-987-3075
Spring Registration is currently open.

What’s the best way to view the Moon?  How do you know that point of light is a planet?  What exactly is a meteor and why are there sometimes “showers” of them?  Are there any other galaxies that are visible to the unaided eye?  What amazing things can we see with a good pair of binoculars?  We’ll answer these questions and more.

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore ONLY at 216-987-3075



Full Dome Feature Show: Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe
Date: March 1 - May 31 Time/Duration: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
  Preteen and up Fee: $5/person

Join our alien “experts”–Hopeful and Skeptical–as they try to convince each other whether or not life exists beyond the Earth. Follow their astrobiology arguments from the ocean floor to a journey across the galaxy!

Running time: 28 min



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast
Date: March 1 - May 31 Time/Duration: Monday, Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
  For children ages 4 - 12 Fee: $5/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



Family Astronomy Day: Constellations
Date: April 25 Time/Duration: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $4/person ages 2 and up

Bring the whole family to celebrate the “dot to dot pictures” in the sky, aka constellations. In the planetarium, learn how to find the brightest constellations from your backyard and hear some stories about them. Design your own constellation and make a constellation that you can eat! Find out which stars are the hottest and so much more.

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

Plan about 2 hours to complete all activities.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to avoid waiting in line when you arrive.

Click here to register


Tour of the Universe Tric-C Westshore Continuing Education Course
Date: April 1, 2015 Time/Duration: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  Adults Fee: $19/person
Register by calling Tri-C at 216-987-3075
Spring registration is currently open.

Join us for a tour across the Universe and you’re invited to join us. Buckle up as we depart Earth and visit our neighbors in the Solar System. From there, we’ll head to the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way and beyond. It's quite a journey but you'll be back right on schedule.

Instructor: Fran Ratka, Planetarium Coordinator 

Special registration instructions:  Please register with Tri-C Westshore by calling 216-987-3075.



Twinkle Tots Spring 2015
Date: March 1 - May 31 Time/Duration: Monday, Thursday, 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.



Cosmology Tri-C Westshore Encore Course
Date: March 4, 11, 18 & 25 Time/Duration: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  For Adults Fee: $60/person
Register with Tri-C Westshore at 216-987-3075
Spring Registration is currently open.

Find out what's out there. Really out there. Like hundreds of thousands, millions and even billions of light years away! We'll take you places that you may not even know exist but we'll be back in time for dinner. Explore how stars die, the formation of galaxies, the age and size of the Universe and much more.

Instructor: Fran Ratka

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore ONLY at 216-987-3075



Observational Astronomy Tri-C Westshore Continuing Education Course
Date: Tuesday May 5 Time/Duration: 7-8:30 p.m.
  For Adults Fee: $19/person
Register through Tri-C Westshore at 216-987-3075 Spring Registration is currently open.

Learn to find your way around the night time sky.  Together we'll explore where to look for the Moon, how to find planets with your naked eye and which bright constellations are visible in each season.  Get comfortable with a star map and you'll be ready to observe meteor showers and other celestial events. 

Instructor: Fran Ratka

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore ONLY at 216-987-3075



Stellar Stars Spring 2015
Date: March 1 - May 31 Time/Duration: Monday, Thursday & Friday at 12 noon
Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3-7 with an adult Fee: $3/person

Blast off and travel through space as you visit different destinations in the Solar System and constellations in the night sky. This program is approximately 20-30 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:

2/23-3/1              Sun  Cancer

3/2-3/8                Mercury  Canis Minor

3/9-3/15              Venus  Gemini

3/16-3/22            Earth  Auriga

3/23-3/29            Mars  Monoceros

3/30-4/5              Asteroids  Leo

4/6-4/12              Jupiter  Draco

4/13-4/19            Saturn  Hydra

4/20-4/26            Uranus  Crater

4/27-5/3              Neptune  Virgo

5/4-5/10              Dwarf Planets  Corvus

5/11-5/17            Comets  Camelopardalis

5/18-5/24            Sun  Bootes

5/25-5/31            Mercury  Corona Borealis



SkyQuest - Spring
Date: March 5, 12, 19 & 26; 7 & 21
April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 4 & 18
May 7, 14, 21 & 28; 2 & 16
Note that these are Thursdays and Saturdays
Time/Duration: 7:30 p.m.
  Recommended for pre-teens through adults Fee: $5/person

Stay up to date on the amazing field of Astronomy with different monthly topics. This approximately 45 minute program is followed by a look at what’s up in the current night sky. Free telescope viewing follows the shows, cloud cover permitting.

 

Catching a Comet

In November of 2014, scientists from the European Space Agency landed a probe on Comet 67P. The Rosetta space craft covered 3 billion miles over 10 years and accomplished what some people thought impossible; approaching a comet and landing a probe successfully on its surface.  Despite some problems, this is an historic mission and important information has been discovered.

Thursday March 5, 12, and 19 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 7 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Instructor : Katy Accetta

 

 

What’s So Super About a Supernova?

Come and explore the fascinating end stages in the life cycle of a star. Discover what triggers the energetic explosions known as supernovae. These events, though cataclysmic, have been essential to the formation of life here on Earth. They also hold the key to uncovering many mysteries about the nature of the cosmos.

 

Thursday April  2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday April  4 and 18 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Instructor: Nick Anderson

 

 

The “Dawn” of New Discoveries

Can you name a dwarf planet discovered in 1801 that got kicked out of the big planet club because it was too tiny?  No, it’s not Pluto.  It is Ceres!  Early in 2015, the Dawn spacecraft should give us our first close up look at the solar system’s largest asteroid.  Join us as we review the results from the Dawn mission and learn more about this mysterious world.

Thursday May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday May 2 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Instructor: Dave Schordock

 

 

Please note: Doors close promptly at start time. Tickets for all star shows are available at the front desk 30 minutes before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales end 5 minutes prior to show time. For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted. No food or drink is permitted in the Schuele Planetarium.



Holiday Walk-In Programming for Spring Break
Date: April 6 - 10 Time/Duration: Programs start at 11 a.m. and continue to 4 p.m.
  All ages Fee: $3-5/person, depending on the program

Enjoy star shows and animal encounters the whole family will love!

Daily Schedule:

11:00    Furry Friends

11:30    Twinkle Tots

12:00    Stellar Stars

12:30    Animals Alive

1:00      Rusty Rocket's Last Blast

1:30      Animals, Animals

2:00      You-niverse

3:00      You-niverse

4:00      Space Aliens: Looking for Life in the Universe

These are walk-in programs, so no registration is required.



You-niverse! Spring 2015
Date: March 1 - May 31 Time/Duration: Saturday, Sunday: 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday: 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.



Astronomy Club
Date: March 19, 26, April 23, 30, May 21 Time/Duration: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
  For children in Grades 4 - 6 Fee: Package Registration: Sign up for all 5 programs from February 14 – March 6:
$80/child; Members receive 10% discount

Individual Registration: Open registration for individual programs begins March 7:
$20/person per program

Get together and explore current NASA missions and the latest astronomical discoveries.  At each meeting, learn about different NASA missions (past, present and future) on and around different objects in our Solar System.  Get the opportunity to play with and discover three-dimensional models on our band new planetarium dome that you can control! There will be no shortage of hands on activities!

March 19: Mission: Mars

March 26: Journey to Jupiter

April 23: Satellites of Saturn

April 30: Close to Home

May 21: The Final Frontier   

Instructor: Katy Accetta

Pre-registration required.

Click here to register




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