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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.

Holiday Walk-In Programming for Thanksgiving Break
Date: November 26, 28-30 Time/Duration: Programming begins at 11 a.m. and ends by 2:30 p.m.
  For all Ages Fee: $5/person or less depending on program

Thanksgiving – Nov. 26, & 28-30

11:00 Twinkle Tots

11:30 Stellar Stars*

12:00 Animals Alive

12:30 The Moon

1:00   Furry Friends

1:30  You-niverse

2:00 Animals, Animals

2:30 You-niverse

3:30 IBEX*

*The 11:30 Wednesday and 3:30 Friday shows will be The Moon  



Twinkle Tots Fall
Date: September 1 through November 30, 2014 Time/Duration: Monday, Thursday, Friday, 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.

Children should be able to sit for about 15 minutes.



Full Dome Feature Show: IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Date: September 1 through November 30, 2014 Time/Duration: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 3:30 p.m.
  For pre-teens through adults Fee: $5/person

To explore the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy, scientists have developed NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Learn how they're using it to explore what is truly the final frontier.

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 Moon
Date: September 1 through November 30, 2014 Time/Duration: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday: 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Sunday: 12:30 p.m.
  For children ages 3 - 12 Fee: $5/person

Observe and discover the Earth's only natural satellite in this interactive program where children will figure out properties of the Moon by observing it and discussing what they see. By the end, we'll be "Moon experts"!

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 Fall
Date: September 1 through November 30, 2014 Time/Duration: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 11:30 a.m.
  Recommended for children ages 3 - 7 with an adult 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:

9/3-9/7 Comets Cassiopeia

9/10-9/14 Sun Ursa Major

9/17-9/21 Mercury Hercules

9/24-9/28 Venus Capricornus

10/1-10/5 Earth Delphinus

10/8-10/12 Mars Pegasus

10/15-10/19 Asteroid Draco

10/22-10/26 Jupiter Aquarius

10/29-11/2 Saturn Andromeda

11/5-11/9 Uranus Lyra

11/12-11/16 Neptune Cepheus

11/19-11/23 Dwarf Planets Cetus

11/26-11/30 Comets Perseus





SkyQuest - FALL
Date: September 4, 11, 18 and 25, Thursdays
September 20, Saturday
October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Thursdays
October 4, Saturday
November 6, 13, 20, Thursdays
November 1 and 15, Saturdays

*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 with different monthly topics. 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.

Who Turned off the Lights? September 4, 11, 18, 20, 25

Did you know that this October you will be able to see a total lunar and a partial solar eclipse? Come learn all about what makes eclipses so special and why it is a rare treat to see one.  We will talk about how ancient cultures interpreted eclipses and the corresponding consequences and how you can view these events in October.  

That's No Moon - Oh Wait, It Is! October 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 30

Are all moons the same? How do the moons of Saturn compare to Jupiter’s? Come and explore strange new worlds as we travel to distant moons of our Solar System.  From active volcanoes to captured asteroids, moons come in all shapes and sizes. See NASA space craft that have examined some moons in close detail and learn about the oddities in our little piece of space.  Could a moon of Saturn support life? Is there liquid water on a moon of Neptune?  Learn the answers to these questions and join us for a moon safari!

Asteroids - Too Close for Comfort? November 1, 6, 13, 15, 20

Join us for a discussion of the space rocks that occasionally pay a visit to our Earth-Moon system.  We will cover these near-Earth objects in detail and ponder the danger they may pose.  We will conclude with a review of what we have learned from the NASA Dawn mission to Vesta, and what we expect to find when that spacecraft arrives at Ceres in early 2015.

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



You-niverse!
Date: September 1 through November 30, 2014 Time/Duration: Saturday, Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
  For all ages Fee: $3/person

Locate the Moon, find the planets, identify the constellations and more with the whole family. This program lasts 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.





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