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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.

Tour of the Universe
Date: January 14, 2015 Time/Duration: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  Adults Fee: $15/person

We’re going to travel across the Universe and you’re invited to join us. Together, we’ll depart from Earth and visit our nearest neighbors in the Solar System. From there, we’ll head to the nearest galaxies to the Milky Way and beyond.

Instructor: Fran Ratka, Planetarium Coordinator 

Pre-registration is required for this program.

Click here to register


Holiday Walk-In Programming for Winter Break
Date: Saturday December 20 through Sunday January 4 Time/Duration: Programming begins at 11 a.m. and ends by about 3 p.m. each day
  For all ages Fee: $5/person or less, depending on the program

Saturday, Sunday, & Monday

Dec. 20-22, 27-29, & Jan. 3-4

11:00 Twinkle Tots

11:30 Stellar Stars

12:00 Animals Alive

12:30 Legends of Perseus and Andromeda

1:00   Furry Friends

1:30  You-niverse*

2:00 Animals, Animals*

2:30 You-niverse*

*On Mondays You-niverse will be shown at 2:00 only and the Animals, Animals program will be at 1:30.

 

Tuesday & Wednesday

Dec. 23-24, 30-31

11:00 Furry Friends

11:30 Legends of Perseus and Andromeda

12:00 Animals Alive

12:30 You-niverse

1:00 Back to the Moon for Good*

1:30 Animals, Animals*

2:00 You-niverse*

*Please note the Center closes at 1:00 p.m. December 24 and 31

No registration required for these programs.































 



Full Dome Feature Show: Back to the Moon for Good
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Time/Duration:
  For ages preteen and up Fee: $5/person

Tim Allen narrates the story of the Google Lunar X Prize. To win the grand prize ($20 million), private teams (with no more than 10% in government funding) must do the following: Land a robot safely on the Moon, move 500 meters on, above or below the Moon's surface; and send back HDTV Mooncasts for everyone to enjoy. And this must all be completed before the December 31, 2015 deadline!

Running Time: 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.



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: Legends of Perseus and Andromeda
Date: Monday, Thursday, Friday 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sunday 12:30 p.m.
Time/Duration: See Dates
  Recommended for families with children ages 3 - 12 years Fee: $5/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.



Family Astronomy Day: How Many Galaxies are in the Universe?
Date: February 8, Sunday Time/Duration: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $4/person ages 2 & up

Bring the whole family to the Center to experience fun in galactic proportions!  View a special planetarium program about galaxies and fly through the universe from the safety of your comfy chair. Make a cotton ball galaxy, play “Galaxy or Not a Galaxy,” find out where in the Universe we live, and so much more!

Pre-registration available, but not required.

Click here to register


All About Comets and Meteors
Date: December 13, Saturday Time/Duration: 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  For Adults and Families with children ages 5 and up Fee: $7/person ages 5 & up; $35/family of 5 or more

Learn all about comets and meteor showers.  Become a comet “chef” as you concoct your very own model comet using real ingredients.  Then join us outdoors to view the Geminid meteor shower (weather permitting).  We will provide hot chocolate to warm you up.  Dress for the weather and bring something to sit on outside.

*Hands-on comet making will be available only to children in families that have pre-registered and this activity includes the use of dry ice.

*Pre-registration is required for this program.

Click here to register


SkyQuest - Winter
Date: December 4, 6, 11, 18 & 20, 2014
January 3, 8, 15, 17, 22 & 29, 2015
February 5, 7, 12, 19, 21 & 26, 2015
Time/Duration: Thursdays and Select Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Free telescope viewing follows the shows, weather permitting
  Recommended for pre-teens through adults Fee: $5/person

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

Please note: 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.



Stellar Stars Winter
Date: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Time/Duration: 11:30 a.m.


  For ages 3 - 7 Fee: $3/person

Grab your passport, blast off and travel through space to explore a new destination in our solar system. Learn about a different picture in the stars each week and take home a coloring page. Complete your passport and receive a special treat!

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 Below:

12/3-12/7 Sun Ursa Minor

12/10-12/14 Mercury Cassiopeia

12/17-12/21 Venus Auriga

12/24-12/28 Earth Lepus

12/31-1/4/15 Mars Orion





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