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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.

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.

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.



Cosmology Tri-C Westshore Encore and Continuing Education Course
Date: Wednesdays October 15, 22 and November 5, 12 Time/Duration: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. OR 7-8:30 p.m.
  For Adults Fee: $60/person
Register with Tri-C Westshore at 216-987-3075 beginning August 5 at 8:30 a.m.

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. We'll even find out what Dark Matter and Dark Energy might be.

Instructor: Fran Ratka

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore ONLY at 216-987-3075 beginning August 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Please note the additional evening time.



Observational Astronomy Tri-C Westshore Continuing Education Course
Date: Wednesdays, November 19, December 3, 10 and 17 Time/Duration: 7-8:30 p.m.
  For Adults Fee: $60/person
Register through Tri-C Westshore at 216-987-3075 beginning August 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Continuing Education with Tri-C Westshore

What can we see in the night and daytime skies? What's the best way to view the Moon? HOw do you know if 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 be answering these questions and more!

Instructor: Fran Ratka

Special registration instructions:  Register with Tri-C Westshore ONLY at 216-987-3075 beginning August 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Please note this program date and time recently changed.



Rockin' on the Moon: Family Astronomy Day
Date: November 15, Saturday 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 very "rocky" day. Learn about what makes up the rocky planets and more than 175 known moons orbiting the planets of our Solar System. See how craters happen on rocky worlds, touch a real Moon rock, see a special planetarium show and so much more!



Pre-registration required.


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 view both a total lunar and a partial solar eclipse? Learn what makes eclipses a rare and special treat to observe. Learn how ancient cultures interpreted eclipses and how you can best view them today.

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

 

That's No Moon - Oh Wait, It Is!

October 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 30

Are all the 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.

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

 

Asteroids - Too Close for Comfort?

November 1, 6, 13, 15, 20


 
Join us for a discussion of the space rocks that occasionally enter our earth-moon system. We will cover these near-Earth objects in detail and ponder what danger they may pose. We will also review what we have learned from the NASA Dawn Mission to Vesta.

*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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