Planetarium

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From the mysteries of the moon and the search for life beyond Earth, to the stories that shape our stars, our Planetarium has shows for every level and interest.

Planetarium shows are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 2, and 3:30pm, with each time slot geared towards a different age group.

12:30pm shows are recommended for young children; 2pm shows, during which visitors explore what the sky will look like later that night, are live, interactive, and open to all ages; 3:30pm are recommended for ages 8–adult. Check individual show descriptions below for more information.

In addition to our weekend screenings, planetarium shows are also offered on select holidays and during school breaks, known as School’s Out, Stars Are In (SOSI). The next SOSI will take place Wednesday, December 26–Friday, December 28. Check back for more updates.

The Planetarium is equipped with Radio Frequency Assisted Listening Systems (ALSs). Please ask a member of the Planetarium or visitor services staff for more information.

On View in the Oliver J. Troster Gallery

Wondrous Devices
Astronomical Instruments and Teaching Tools of the Victorian Era

through December 30, 2018

Wondrous Devices

The Girl Who Walked Upside Down

33 minutes, plus Q&A

This is the tale of a girl who came to us one spring day, after a storm, walking upside down upon the rainbow. She has a unique way of looking at things, in particular the sky, and an affection for the Moon and stars. What would you notice, if you could walk upside down?

Saturday & Sunday at 12:30pm

The Sky Tonight

LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.

Saturday & Sunday at 2pm

We Are Aliens

26 minutes, plus Q&A

Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! is a new 360° digital planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (from Harry Potter films) that takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.

Saturday & Sunday at 3:30pm

Join us after hours for musical performances in the Planetarium.

Lulu Lewis

99 Minutes + Q & A

Founded by Dylan Hundley (Metropolitan) and Pablo Martin (Tom Tom Club), Lulu Lewis is a multifaceted modern rock band influenced by post punk, gothic, soul, and experimental film. Based in NYC, they are joined live by William × Harvey on bass, Jay Mumford on drums, and Bruce Martin on keys plus percussion. Cash bar from 7–8pm prior to the show (no food or drink in the Planetarium).

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Earth, Moon, and Sun

Ages 5–10 / Kindergarten–Grade 4 26 minutes, plus Q&A

This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

The Girl Who Walked Upside Down

Ages 5–10 / Kindergarten–Grade 4 33 minutes, plus Q&A

This is the tale of a girl who came to us one spring day, after a storm, walking upside down upon the rainbow. She has a unique way of looking at things, in particular the sky, and an affection for the Moon and stars. What would you notice, if you could walk upside down?

Habitat Earth

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12 25 minutes, plus Q&A

Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Dive below the ocean’s surface, travel beneath the forest floor, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Ages 5–10 / Kindergarten–Grade 4 25 minutes, plus Q&A

The stars tell the story of beautiful Andromeda, who is punished by the gods for her mother’s bragging, sacrificed to a sea monster, and then rescued by Perseus.

Moons: Worlds of Mystery

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12 35 minutes, plus Q&A

Where are the moons? What do they do? Follow the astronauts to our silvery moon, then journey to the outer planets to discover more moons. Come back to earth with newfound wonder for the dynamic solar system where we live.

Myths, Legends, and Travelers’ Tales

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Where are the moons? What do they do? Follow the astronauts to our silvery moon, then journey to the outer planets to discover more moons. Come back to earth with new found wonder for the dynamic solar system where we live.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Ages 4–8 / Pre-K–Grade 2 25 minutes, plus Q&A

On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same – they love to fly kites! Children can’t fly a kite on the moon because there is no wind but on Earth they can! More learning, too, about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon. Produced by Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.

Our Solar System

Ages 4–adult / Pre-K–Grade 12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Where are the moons? What do they do? Follow the astronauts to our silvery moon, then journey to the outer planets to discover more moons. Come back to earth with new found wonder for the dynamic solar system where we live.

Regents Earth Science

Ages 12–18 / Grades 7–12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Students explore sky motions and the relationships between objects, while surrounded by an accurate and richly detailed universe simulator.

The Scary Sky Tonight

Ages 4–adult / Pre-K–Grade 12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.

The Sky Tonight

Ages 4–adult / Pre-K–Grade 12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.

The Sky Tonight: Holiday Edition

Ages 4–adult / Pre-K–Grade 12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.

Tycho to the Moon

Ages 4–8 / Pre-K–Grade 2 24 minutes, plus Q&A

Kids love Tycho! The dog that doesn’t just howl at the moon—he goes there! See the planetarium’s favorite dog like never before with stunning new fulldome visuals. Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho and his young American friends, Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky. Includes the much-loved singalong song “Don’t Touch!”

The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy

Ages 10–adult / Grades 5–12 LIVE (up to 60 minutes total)

A new original show, The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy, explores what 19th-century scientists understood about their universe through developments in the field of astronomy at the time.

We Are Aliens

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12 26 minutes, plus Q&A

Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! is a new 360° digital planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (from Harry Potter films) that takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.

We Are Astronomers

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12 25 minutes, plus Q&A

Discover how astronomers share knowledge and answer our questions about the universe. Narrated by David Tennant, the “Tenth Doctor” in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who.

We Are Stars

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12 26 minutes, plus Q&A

Join the Time Master, narrated by Andy Serkis (Gollum in The Lord of the Rings) on a 13.8-billion year adventure through time and space.