Planetarium

Enjoy ticketed shows at 12:30, 2, and 3:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit our calendar for a complete schedule or purchase tickets here. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

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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, 2, and 3:30pm, with each time slot geared towards a different age group.

12:30 and 3:30pm 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.

School & Group Visits
Interested in booking a planetarium show for your school, camp, Scout, or adult group? Learn more here.

Planetarium Birthday Parties & Rentals
Celebrate your special event in the HRM Planetarium! From your child’s next birthday party, to a unique anniversary or milestone celebration, let us take you and your guests on an exclusive, personal tour through the cosmos! Learn more here.

On View in the Oliver J. Troster Gallery

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The Art of Skywatching

through March 3, 2024

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As seen in Westchester Magazine’s 2022 Ultimate Guide to Westchester. Photo: Yuliya Levit.

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.

Recommended for ages 8+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

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. Advance reservations are encouraged.

 

Photo: Spitz Creative Media

Earth and Sky 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.

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. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Four Tales of the Sky

Ages 4–8 / Pre-K–Grade 3
25 minutes, plus Q&A

Four cultures, four locations on Earth, four takes on stories in the stars. A mixture of live presentation and beautiful short films that tell stories of constellations, astronomical instruments, and scientific knowledge from various cultures around the world. Produced by One Sky Project, each story is in its own artistic style, featuring the work of international artists.

Recommended for ages 6+; 35-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

 

Photo: One Sky Project/SG360/TMT/‘Imiloa/CalAcademy/NSF’s NOIRLab

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-adult; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are 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.

Recommended for ages 8+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Ages 4–8 / Pre-K–Grade 3
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.

Recommended for ages 4–8; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Moonbase: The Next Step

Ages 9–adult / Grades 4–12 21 minutes plus Q&A

Humans first walked on the Moon fifty-five years ago! Today, rockets are already beginning to bring passengers on their first flights to the Moon. In Moonbase: The Next Step, you’ll learn about efforts to establish a permanent, scientific outpost on the Moon. With extreme temperatures and radiation, reduced gravity and toxic dust, all 230,000 miles away from home, it will push our technology, our bodies, and our minds to the limit. We have already taken the first steps . . . but what will it take to continue the adventure?

Recommended for ages 9+; 21-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

*Please note, on Saturday, March 23, Moonbase: The Next Step will be shown at 11:30am, 2pm, and 3:30pm. Tickets will be available for onsite purchase only; no advance purchase available. On Sunday, April 7, it will be shown at 12:30 & 3:30pm.

This event is part of #HRMEclipse.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Moonraker VFX Limited

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.

Recommended for ages 4–8; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

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.

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon — SOLD OUT

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

Please note, this event is sold out.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic album The Dark Side of the Moon with an immersive fulldome planetarium show. The show is organized according to the 10 tracks off the album, some futuristically looking forward and some a retro acknowledgment to Pink Floyd’s visual history, all relating to a time and space experience. It promises to be immersive—an all-encompassing surround sound and visual treat that will take you way beyond the realms of two-dimensional experience.

Production of Pink Floyd’s official The Dark Side of the Moon planetarium show has been led by the award-winning UK production studio NSC Creative, working closely with Pink Floyd’s long-time creative collaborator Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

Tickets: $20; Members $15; includes general admission from 12–7pm.

Recommended for ages 10+; 42-minute show. Advance reservations are encouraged.

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, alien planets, upcoming rocket launches, and more!

A total solar eclipse is the rarest and most spectacular of all astronomical events. On Monday, April 8, our region will experience one—the last chance we’ll get until 2079! What will be visible from Westchester? Where will you have to go to glimpse the full spectacle? What prospects are there for a clear sky on that day? During our live show in March, learn more about this event and how you can view it safely.

Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute live and interactive show. Advance reservations are encouraged.

*Please note, The Sky Tonight will not be offered on Saturday, March 23. Instead, Moonbase: The Next Step will be shown at 11:30am, 2, and 3:30pm. Tickets will be available for onsite purchase only; no advance purchase available on that day.

This event is part of #HRMEclipse.

 

Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

The Sky Tonight: Holiday Edition

Ages 8–adult
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, alien planets, upcoming rocket launches, and more!

Around the Winter Solstice on December 21, the nights are long and dark, with many beautiful sights appearing in the evening sky. This time of year also features the 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 live and interactive show. Advance reservations are encouraged.

*Please note, The Sky Tonight will be offered at the following times:

 

Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

The Sky Tonight: The Skylore of China

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

In the Chinese Zodiac you’ll find twenty-four lunar houses, not the twelve constellations you’re probably familiar with. In the northern sky, you’ll see the Great Emperor of Heaven, attended by the Six Jia, the Chief Judge of Hidden Virtue, and the maids-in-waiting. These and other figures in the skies are traditional Chinese skylore, which we’ll cover in this special edition of The Sky Tonight.

Recommended for ages 8+; 60-minute live and interactive show. Advance reservations are encouraged.

This program is part of #HRMLunarNewYear.

 

Sponsored by Domino Sugar Yonkers Refinery.

Tycho Goes to Mars

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

Join Tycho, a dog with a knack for getting into trouble, on his latest adventure as he discovers Mars up-close. See an ancient volcano, a gigantic canyon, and help Tycho search for water to power his kennel back home. But how will he find water on Mars when it looks so cold, dusty, and dry? Finding his way back home is not going to be easy. But if anyone can do it, Tycho can.

Recommended for ages 8+; 27-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.

*Please note, Tycho Goes to Mars will not be offered on Saturday, March 23. Instead, Moonbase: The Next Step will be shown at 11:30am, 2, and 3:30pm. Tickets will be available for onsite purchase only; no advance purchase available on that day. 

Produced by the Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks.

 

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, narrated by Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter films, 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. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

*Please note, on Saturday, October 14, the 3:30pm planetarium show will be Más allá del sol.

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.

Recommended for ages 8+; 25-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

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.

Recommended for ages 8+; 26-minute show plus Q&A. Advance reservations are encouraged.