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.
- 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.
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
Planetarium Program Descriptions
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 6: Galileo: Power of the Telescope
This show tells Galileo’s personal and powerful story, and explorers how his discoveries displaced long-held views about the universe. Go back to Pisa, Italy and experience Galileo’s early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion.
August 13: Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought. A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.
August 20: Two Small Pieces of Glass
Galileo’s telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our views of the cosmos and our place within. It is a revolution which, four hundred years later, continues. Today you can attend star parties where amateur astronomers set up their telescopes for public viewing. Views through such telescopes would have amazed Galileo. Two Small Pieces of Glass puts you in the middle of a modern star party. Discover the wonders that even a small amateur telescope can reveal and learn about the scientists that made such views possible.
August 27: Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
This show showcases the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn about the nature of light, spectroscopy, the use of quasars as background light sources, material identification by spectrum, and the cycling of material within and surrounding galaxies.
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.