Planetarium

In-person planetarium shows will resume on Saturday, February 5. Capacity is limited to 50 attendees per show (40%); advance tickets are strongly encouraged. Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Visit our calendar for a full schedule.

In the meantime, please enjoy our free The Sky Tonight virtual planetarium shows, offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

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Photo: Yuliya Levit

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.

On View in the Oliver J. Troster Gallery

Richard Haas
Circles in Space

through February 13, 2022

Richard Haas

All Shows

Beyond the Sun

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

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.

Birth of Planet Earth

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

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. Capacity is currently limited to 50 seats per show (40%). Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

Photo: Spitz Creative Media

 

Earth, Moon, and Sun

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

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. Capacity is currently limited to 50 seats per show (40%). Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

The Girl Who Walked Upside Down

Ages 4–7 / Pre-K–Grade 2
33 minutes, plus Q&A

The Planetarium is closed through January 31, 2022, but please enjoy our popular The Sky Tonight virtual planetarium shows, offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

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. Capacity is currently limited to 60 seats per show (50%). Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

Habitat Earth

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

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+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Capacity is limited to 50 seats per show (40%). Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12
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.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

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

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.

 

Más allá del sol

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

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

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 6–adult / Grades 1–12
LIVE show (60 minutes)

Explore constellations and the myths behind them in this live show.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Ages 4–7 / 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 8–adult / Grades 3–12
LIVE show (60 minutes)

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

Ages 12–18 / Grades 7–12
LIVE show (60 minutes)

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

The Sky Tonight

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12
LIVE show (60 minutes)

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, black holes, alien planets, upcoming rocket launches, meteor showers, satellite spotting, and more!

In February, there is a lot to see around the prominent figure of Orion in the evening sky.

Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute live and interactive show. Capacity is currently limited to 50 seats per show (40%). Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

The Sky Tonight is sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

The Sky Tonight (Virtual)

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12
LIVE show (60 minutes)

The Planetarium is closed through January 31, 2022. In-person planetarium shows will resume on February 5, 2022. 

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!

As the year begins, we’ll look ahead to a year’s worth of upcoming events: stellar sights such as meteor showers, space missions like the JUICE mission to Jupiter to examine its giant, possibly life-bearing moons, and the discoveries made by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute interactive virtual show.

 

The Sky Tonight is sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

The Sky Tonight: Holiday Edition (Virtual)

Ages 8–adult
LIVE show (60 minutes)

Take an awe-inspiring virtual 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, black holes, alien planets, upcoming rocket launches, and more!

Around the Winter Solstice on December 21, the nights are long and dark, with many beautiful sights waiting in the evening sky. This is also the time of year when we hear about legends of light, including the Star of Bethlehem, holiday lights, and yule logs. We’ll highlight the astronomical connections to these traditions this month.

Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute interactive virtual show.

 

Sunday, December 26
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85128997159
Zoom Passcode: 910434

Monday, December 27
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88596013857
Zoom Passcode: 798330

Tuesday, December 28
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81282573660
Zoom Passcode: 062930

Wednesday, December 29
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87016744598
Zoom Passcode: 486350

Thursday, December 30
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88209312172
Zoom Passcode: 997872

Friday, December 31
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81551572372
Zoom Passcode: 905707

Sunday, January 2
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88206485282
Zoom Passcode: 644784

 

Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

The Sky Tonight: Is It Aliens Yet?

Ages 8–adult / Grades 3–12
LIVE show (60 minutes)

Are there aliens out there? Given recent revelations about secret government investigations, and convincing-looking video from fighter pilots, you might think we’re on the verge of finally meeting up with those spooky Little Green Men and their terrifyingly amazing machines.

But do these reports stand up to scrutiny? What do previous investigations suggest about the possibilities of alien life, and alien visitors? Are aliens likely to be a threat? And why would fruit-flavored candy be a great way to make an alien feel welcome?

 

Photo: US Navy

Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

Un mundo, un cielo

Ages 4–7 / Pre-K–Grade 2
25 minutes, plus Q&A

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

Ages 12–adult / Grades 7–12
45 minutes, plus Q&A

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

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

The Planetarium is closed through January 31, 2022, but please enjoy our popular The Sky Tonight virtual planetarium shows, offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

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. Capacity is currently limited to 50 seats per show (40%). Masks are required in the Planetarium until further notice. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.