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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!

Our new programming schedule begins June 15, 2014. Due to field trips, summer camps and other group events, this schedule is subject to change. We encourage you to contact our Information Desk at 440-871-2900 to confirm programming when making your plans.

A printable PDF version of the schedule below is available here.

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

SUNday FUNday: Family Astronomy Day
Date: Sunday, July 20 Time/Duration: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  For famillies with children of all ages Fee: $4/person
Bring the whole family to the Center for a celebration of our favorite star, the Sun! Experience a planetarium show in our newly transformed facility, participate in hands-on demos, explore ultraviolet light, use sunlight to create a craft and view the Sun through telescopes and with your naked (protected) eyes!


Pre-registration required.


Full Dome Feature Show: The Power of the Telescope
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Mondays through Fridays at 4:00 p.m.
  Recommended for pre-teens through adults Fee: $5/person
This show tells of Galileo's personal and powerful story and explores how his discoveries displaced long-held views about the universe. Experience Galileo's early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion, his advocacy of the idea the Earth revollves around the Sun and his work with early telescopes. This full dome "movie" is 28 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.



Full Dome Children's Feature Show: The Little Star That Could
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Tusdays and Thursdays at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m.
Mondays through Fridays at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3 - 12 Fee: $5/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.



You-niverse Summer
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 2 p.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3+ Fee: $3/person
Find out what's up in tonight's sky and have fun under the stars with the whole family! Locate the Moon, find the planets, identify constellations and learn how they got their names and more. 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.


Stellar Stars Summer
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Mondays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3-7 and an adult Fee: $3/person
Grab your passport, blast off and travel through space to get up close and personal with a new destination in our solar system and constellation in the night sky. Complete your passport and receive a special treat! Children should be able to sit 20-30 minutes for this program.

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. Tickets for each on sale day of show only:

6/4-6/8         No programming
6/15              Sun    Cepheus
6/18-6/22     Sun    Cepheus
6/25-6/29     Mercury    Hercules
7-2-7/6         Venus    Serpens
7/9-7/13       Earth    Leo
7/16-7/20     Mars    Lyra
7/23-7/27     Asteroid    Ophiuchus
7/30-8/3       Jupiter    Cygnus
8/6-/10         Saturn    Scorpius
8/13-8/17     Uranus    Aquila
8/20-8/24     Neptune    Sagittarius
8/27-8/31     Dwarf Planets    Sagitta



Supermoon and Perseid Meteor Shower Night
Date: Sunday, August 10 Time/Duration: 8 p.m. Planetarium presentation
9 p.m. Sky watching (weather permitting)
  For all ages; Planetarium Presentation is suitable for ages 3+ Fee: $4/person for Planetarium program at 8 p.m.
Enjoy the renovated planetarium during a presentation about meteors, the myth of the "Supermoon" and the chance to hold an actual meteorite! Then we'll head to Huntington Beach where you can spread out your blankets or chairs and enjoy the show in the sky. We'll view the Moon through telescopes and binoculars.

Please note: Planetarium space is limited. For this special event we will accept pre-registration. No fee or registration necessary to join us for sky watching at 9 p.m.

Pre-registration required.


SkyQuest - Summer
Date: Please See Description Time/Duration: 8:00 p.m.

*Free telescope viewing follows the evening shows, at about 9:00 p.m.; weather permitting
  for Pre-teens through Adults Fee: $5/person
Stay up to date on the amazing field of Astronomy with different monthly topics. This longer program (45-60 minutes) is for those who want to delve deeper into the latest astronomy and space topics with our expert staff. Presentations in the newly renovated Schuele Planetarium featuring the Fleming Family Projection System will be followed by free telescope viewing (all ages welcome to that), weather permitting.

Please note that all June planetarium programming begins after our June 14 Grand Opening!

Things That Go "BOOM" in the Night
June 19, 21, 26 at 8 p.m.
Join a discussion on astronomical explosions! Learn the difference between types of explosions and view images of the remnants left behind by these outrageous blasts. Explore the connection between these violoent eruptions and our relatively tranquil existence here on Earth.

The Wonders of the Daytime Sky
July 5, 10, 17, 19, 24, 31 at 8 p.m.
The long days of summer leave less time for stargazing, but there's still lots to see during the day! We'll talk about what we can observe while our planet faces the Sun. We'll conclude with a viewing of the night sky so you'll always have a reason to look up at the sky.

The Moon (With a Captial M)
August 2, 7, 14, 21, 28 at 8 p.m.
For billions of years the Moon has been the Earth's BFF. Where did it come from? Will it ever leave? Where would we be without our cratered companion? How super is the upcoming "Supermoon"? We'll discuss this and more as we share our appreciation for our nearest cosmic neighbor.

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 Summer
Date: Beginning June 15, 2014 Time/Duration: Mondays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 A.M.
  for ages 0 - 3 Fee: $2/person (including infants)
This is a program designed to delight the toddler in your family. Hear some fun music and learn what we can see up in the sky. Find out how fun (not scary!) it is to be in the dark, because that’s when we can see the stars. See some pictures made out of stars and moving lights in the sky.

Children should be able to sit for about 15 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.




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