Our live shows are held once a month during the regular academic year. These presentations are given by a PhD astronomer and consist of an overview of what is currently visible in the night sky. In addition, each show focuses on a specific aspect of astronomy, the topic of which changes each month. The shows are appropriate for all ages, however, the content and duration of the show may be more appealing to older children and adults.
In addition to the live shows, astronomy-themed movies are shown. These are specifically formatted for the planetarium dome, providing an impressive and immersive experience. Each presentation consists of a live 20 minute overview of the current night sky followed by an educational and entertaining movie, roughly 30 minutes in length. These presentations are run by students in the Department of Earth & Space Science. Parents with young children may find these presentations more suitable for their family than the live shows. A short description of the movies that we show can be found by following the link below.
If you have questions about the public shows please contact the planetarium director,Dr. Karen Schwarz
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The Mather Planetarium is currently closed for the summer.
Sept. 8, 2017* - Black Holes Don't Suck
Oct. 6, 2017* - Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Nov. 3, 2017* - Once in a Blue Moon
Jan. 26, 2018*- Astronomy on the Internet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Feb. 23, 2018* - The Final Frontier
Mar. 23, 2018* - Fire in the Sky
Apr. 20, 2018* - Citizen Science
(*Indicates a live show)
If you have questions about the public shows please contact the planetarium director, Dr. Karen Schwarz.