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 and 2pm, 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. Check individual show descriptions below for more information. Please note that planetarium shows begin promptly as scheduled, and there is no admittance after they start.
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). Check back for more updates in our calendar.
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.
Beyond the Sun
Celeste is a little girl who thinks she knows all the planets. But when a friendly bunch of celestial sprites arrives with news from beyond the Solar System, she soon learns that the Sun isn’t the only star with planets. There are ocean worlds, super-Earths, demi-Neptunes, and planets that orbit no star at all. Celeste will follow in the footsteps of exoplanet hunters and discover the wonders of the quest for new worlds.
Recommended for ages 8+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.
Birth of Planet Earth
Join us for Birth of Planet Earth, which tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to one billion planets roughly the size of our own. This program employs advanced, data-driven visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
Recommended for ages 8+; 24-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.
Photo: Spitz Creative Media
Earth, Moon, and Sun
Explore 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.
Recommended for ages 5–10; 26-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.
The Girl Who Walked Upside Down
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?
Recommended for ages 4–7; 33-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.
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.
Recommended for ages 8-adult; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.
Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
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.
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M.” Viewers peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, Jack and Annie nearly get . . . well, we don’t want to give the surprise away! The planetarium show Magic TreeHouse® Space Mission features series author Mary Pope Osborne.
Recommended for ages 4–8; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
Más allá del sol
Únase a nosotros para este espectáculo en español de 25 minutos en reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, recomendado para edades de 8 años a adultos; seguido por preguntas y respuestas en vivo con un educador del planetario.
“Beyond the Sun” es una película producida para Planetarios de todo el mundo sobre el descubrimiento de nuevos exoplanetas. Combina imágenes fotorrealistas CG con personajes animados en 3D. Acompañada de una excepcional banda sonora, la historia nos atrae y el espectador está inmerso en una experiencia llena de diversión, asombro y descubrimiento. Traducida a más de dieciséis idiomas.
Moons: Worlds of Mystery
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
Explore constellations and the myths behind them in this live show.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
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.
Recommended for ages 4–8; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.
Our Solar System
Survey the Solar System in this live show, exploring the planets, their major moons, and the collection of all objects gravitationally bound to the Sun.
Regents Earth Science
Students explore sky motions and the relationships between objects, while surrounded by an accurate and richly detailed universe simulator.
The Sky Tonight
Take an awe-inspiring tour of the night sky as seen from our area, with topics ranging from visible planets, bright stars, and the Milky Way, to periodic comets, seasonal constellations, alien planets, upcoming rocket launches, and more!
Learn how the summer sky is a perfect time to peer beyond our galaxy and into the farthest reaches of the Universe, and watch Jupiter and Saturn re-appear to highlight your late summer nights. August is also a good time of year to look toward the center of the galaxy, where a supermassive black hole lurks.
Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute live and interactive show. Advance reservations are encouraged.
The Sky Tonight is sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.
Un mundo, un cielo
Únase a nosotros en este espectáculo en español de 25 minutos en reconocimiento al Mes de la Herencia Hispana, recomendado para edades de 4 a 7 años. Seguido por preguntas y respuestas en vivo con un educador del planetario.
Explora las estrellas, la Luna y el Sol en compañía de los personajes de Sésamo. Con la ayuda de Big Bird, Elmo y Hu Hu Zhu descubre cómo todas las personas del mundo están conectadas y todos observamos el mismo cielo.
The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy
An original show, The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy explores what nineteenth-century scientists understood about their universe through developments in the field of astronomy at the time.
We Are Aliens
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 narrated by Rupert Grint (from the Harry Potter films) that takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.
Recommended for ages 8+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
We Are Astronomers
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.
Recommended for ages 8+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
We Are Stars
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.
Recommended for ages 8+; 26-minute show plus Q&A. Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.