Planetarium

Schuele Planetarium brings the fascinating realm of astronomy to people of all ages, from preschoolers through adults.

Originally built in 1968, the planetarium was transformed in 2014 with the introduction of the Fleming Family Projection System. This combination of an opti-mechanical star projector and digital projector provides visitors with an immersive learning experience through high-resolution, 360 degree images and a realistic, breathtaking display of over 3,000 stars. The full dome planetarium theater offers comfortable seating for 54 and is wheelchair accessible. The Center is uniquely positioned on Huntington Reservation’s park setting to provide hands-on learning experiences for finding constellations and identifying planets in the night sky.

Before Your Visit Information

  • Tickets are available online and at the Center's Welcome Desk.
  • Masks required for ages 2 and above.
  • No photography or video recording is permitted during the program.
  • For safety reasons, late admittance to planetarium programs is not permitted.
  • No food or drink is permitted in the Schuele Planetarium.
  • Schuele Planetarium continues to operate at a reduced capacity.

Planetarium Schedule

december, 2021

Astronomy Club

 

For adults and children ages 12 and up
Calling all local sky enthusiasts! Join us for Astronomy Club and explore the world of astronomy in a fun, social environment. Planetarium Specialist and NASA Solar System Ambassador Bill Reed will share what’s new in space, the latest gadgets, “astro-tainment,” and mind-blowing facts. Astronomy Club meets at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center monthly and includes the following benefits:
• Monthly meetings and newsletters
• Telescope Night programs
• Telescope rentals
• Volunteer opportunities
• Additional events including movie nights, workshops, and more
Annual Fee: $60/household

wed15dec6:30 PM8:00 PMAstronomy ClubFor adults and children ages 12 and up6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Subject:Adult & Family,Evening Programs,Planetarium

wed19jan6:30 PM8:00 PMAstronomy ClubFor adults and children ages 12 and up6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Subject:Adult & Family,Evening Programs,Planetarium

wed16feb6:30 PM8:00 PMAstronomy ClubFor adults and children ages 12 and up6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Subject:Adult & Family,Evening Programs,Planetarium

wed16mar6:30 PM8:00 PMAstronomy ClubFor adults and children ages 12 and up6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Subject:Adult & Family,Evening Programs,Planetarium

Planetarium Program Descriptions

Twinkle Tot

For ages 0 – 3
See the moon, stars and explore the sky with lights, sounds and colors in this 20-minute program designed for young children.
Cost: $5/person (including infants)

Stellar Stars

For ages 3 – 7
Blast off and travel through space as you visit different destinations in the solar system and learn about constellations in the night sky! Stellar Stars is approximately 30 minutes.
Cost: $5/person

Mini Missions

For ages 7 and up
Take a trip that’s completely out of this world! Travel through space and visit different objects in the solar system, explore constellations in the night sky and learn about NASA’s missions. Mini Missions is approximately 30 minutes.
Cost: $5/person

Sky Tonight

For adults and children ages 6 and up
See thousands of stars, planets and constellations on a tour of tonight’s sky. The forecast is always clear in the planetarium dome for excellent viewing! This program is approximately 30 minutes.
Cost: $5/person

Full Dome Show

For ages 10 and up
Experience the universe in a planetarium show that features 360 degree video projection! This program is approximately 25 – 35 minutes. Shows change weekly.

November 6: IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of the galaxy with NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX).
November 13: Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe.
November 20: From Earth to the Universe
To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.
November 24 (extended show schedule): Mayan Archeoastronomy
In a feast of colours and sounds, Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe makes a tour of 6 Mayan temples.
November 26: Black Hole Friday: Phantom Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
The first hints of the existence of dark matter through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.
November 27: The Hot and Energetic Universe
The achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.

Cost: $5/person

Telescope Night

For adults and children ages 12 and up
Join our resident telescope expert and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Bill Reed for an evening under the stars. We will begin in the planetarium for an overview of the constellations and planets, then review the current events happening in our night sky. Weather permitting, we will head outdoors for telescope viewing through our 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope.
Cost: $8/person

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