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Planetarium Marathon: Cosmic Journey

  • August 1, 2017
  • 9:30am - 10:15am
Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. Multicolored rings decorate the sky. Travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons. Produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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Planetarium Marathon: We Are Astronomers

  • August 2, 2017
  • 9:30am - 10:15am
Today’s astronomers are not the lone observers of past centuries. Discover the global collaboration, technology from telescopes to the Large Hadron Collider, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe.
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Planetarium Marathon: Edge of Darkness

  • August 3, 2017
  • 9:30am - 10:15am
Discover small bodies in our solar system! Fly by the great cliffs on comet 67P, take a close look at the fascinating bright "lights" on Ceres, and see the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. Produced by Evans & Sutherland, and narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.
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Planetarium Marathon: To Space and Back

  • August 1, 2017
  • 10:30am - 11:15am
Space exploration helps us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, influencing the way we live. Discover an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space paves the way for devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.
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Planetarium Marathon: Black Holes

  • August 2, 2017
  • 10:30am - 11:15am
Explore the science and mystery of one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? What are supermassive black holes? Narrated by John de Lancie of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ and produced by Clark Planetarium Productions.
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Planetarium Marathon: Space School

  • August 3, 2017
  • 10:30am - 11:15am
How do astronauts train for missions? They go to Space School! Follow NASA astronauts as they prepare for the weightlessness of space by training underwater at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab and at Aquarius Reef Base on the ocean floor. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.
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The Sky Tonight plus Eclipse!

  • June 1, 2017 - August 4, 2017
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
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Spaceflight for Kids

  • June 6, 2017 - July 25, 2017
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm
How did we go to the moon? How will we go back? What about the Space Shuttle and Space Station? What will replace the Shuttles now that they are retired? This program uses rocket models, 1/50th scale rocket drawings, and our new planetarium capabilities to help you find out!
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Larry Cat in Space

  • June 7, 2017 - July 26, 2017
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Follow the adventures of Larry Cat as he sneaks into a spacecraft to follow his human to a moon base. Learn about the moon — or, as cats call it, the “meeoon!” This show was created by Loch Ness Productions.
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Earth, Moon and Sun

  • July 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Discover why the sun rises and sets, why the moon has phases and craters, and more—all with the help of Coyote, who may have a bit to learn himself! Produced by UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

  • July 6, 2017 - July 27, 2017
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and vivid imaginations, two children go on a magical journey through the Solar System, landing on Venus, flying through the rings of Saturn, and more. Produced by Clark Planetarium and distributed by Sky-Skan.
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Partial Solar Eclipse Party!

  • August 21, 2017
  • 11:30am - 3:00pm
Weather permitting, the planetarium staff and volunteers will set up safe solar telescopes and other safe solar observing materials near the gazebo in Parc Sans Souci near the Museum for viewing the partial solar eclipse. With about three-quarters of the sun's disk blocked from view at maximum, this will be the best partial solar eclipse seen in Acadiana in many years! The eclipse starts about 11:53 a.m. and goes until the end at 2:53 p.m. With maximum eclipse at 1:25 p.m., this will be a great lunch time event! Because this eclipse will happen on an August afternoon, please be sure to bring water and protect yourself from the heat and sun. Bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy the eclipse with us, but please do not bring your own telescope. Remember: never look directly at the sun whether there is an eclipse or not!

Date: August 21, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!
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Planetarium Marathon: Earth, Moon, & Sun

  • August 1, 2017
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Discover why the sun rises and sets, why the moon has phases and craters, and more – all with the help of Coyote, who may have a bit to learn himself! Produced by UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
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Planetarium Marathon: The Little Star That Could

  • August 2, 2017
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Follow the story of Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way he meets other stars, learns what makes each one special, and discovers that stars combine to make star clusters and galaxies. Finally Little Star finds his planets, each one introduced with basic information about the No automatic alt text available.solar system. Produced by Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc.
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Planetarium Marathon: Secret of the Cardboard

  • August 3, 2017
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and vivid imaginations, two children go on a magical journey through the Solar System, landing on Venus, flying through the rings of Saturn, and more. Produced by Clark Planetarium and distributed by Sky-Skan.
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Planetarium Marathon: Stars

  • August 1, 2017
  • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Produced by Sudekum Planetarium and NSC Creative & distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.
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Planetarium Marathon: Undiscovered Worlds

  • August 2, 2017
  • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Thousands of planets – exoplanets – found orbiting other stars show that our solar system is not alone in the universe and that we must improve our understanding of planets and solar systems. As astronomers use the Kepler Telescope and rapidly improving technology, the discovery of exoplanets puts us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Produced by Boston’s Museum of Science.
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Planetarium Marathon: Back to the Moon for Good

  • August 3, 2017
  • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Discover the Apollo era and what it taught us about the moon, then learn about the 30 million dollar Google Lunar X Prize offered to the first team who can land a private spacecraft on the moon and perform specific tasks! Who will win the Google Lunar X Prize? Produced by NSC Creative.
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The Sky Tonight plus Eclipse!

  • June 1, 2017 - August 20, 2017
  • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
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Back to the Moon

  • September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
  • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Discover the Apollo era and what it taught us about the moon, then learn about the 30 million dollar Google Lunar X Prize offered to the first team who can land a private spacecraft on the moon and perform specific tasks! Who will win the Google Lunar X Prize?
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Planetarium Marathon: The First Stargazers

  • August 1, 2017
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Journey back in time to explore how the ancients experienced the sky, guided by a friendly time traveler who has visited Earth many times before. Witness an early stargazer making a Moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover the sky alignments of the pyramids of Giza, the Parthenon, the Alexandria Library, Stonehenge and Abu Simbel Temple, and be inspired by the early stargazers. Produced by the Milwaukee Public Museum.
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Planetarium Marathon: We Choose Space

  • August 2, 2017
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Space beckons. On a clear, dark night, we see the moon, planets, and the deep universe, fascinating but unreachable. The International Space Station and other satellites move overhead, urging us outward. Narrated by astronauts and the late Walter Cronkite, this program from the Houston Museum of Natural Science takes you from the moon race into the space station itself and on to one possible future in space.
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Planetarium Marathon: Dawn of the Space Age

  • August 3, 2017
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Return with us to the Space Race, the early days of Soviet and American space exploration. See the launch of Sputnik 1 and the flights of Vostok, Mercury, Voskhod, and Gemini. Beat the Russians to the moon with Apollo, see the International Space Station, and look ahead to the upcoming age of commercial space flight! Produced by Mirage 3D.
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The Modern Universe

  • April 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Different every time, this live program is about our modern understanding of space and the universe. Questions welcomed! The sun? Saturn? Exoplanets? Galaxies? What would you like to learn today?
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The Sky Tonight

  • April 22, 2017 - September 30, 2017
  • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
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Planetarium Marathon: Magic Tree House

  • August 1, 2017
  • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Visit the Magic Tree House and follow Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Produced by the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
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Planetarium Marathon: Larry Cat in Space

  • August 2, 2017
  • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Follow the adventures of Larry Cat as he sneaks into a spacecraft to follow his human to a moon base. Learn about the moon – or, as cats call it, the ‘meeoon!’ This show was created by Loch Ness Productions.
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Planetarium Marathon: Flight Adventures

  • August 3, 2017
  • 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators – like you! Produced by the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
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The Sky Tonight

  • April 19, 2017 - September 30, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.
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The Edge of Darkness

  • July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Discover small bodies in our solar system! Fly by the great cliffs on comet 67P, take a close look at the fascinating bright "lights" on Ceres, and see the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. Produced by Evans & Sutherland, and narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.
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Space School

  • August 5, 2017 - August 27, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
How do astronauts train for missions? They go to Space School! Follow NASA astronauts as they prepare for the weightlessness of space by training underwater at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab and at Aquarius Reef Base on the ocean floor. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.
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Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun

  • September 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017
  • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Thousands of planets—exoplanets—found orbiting other stars show that our solar system is not alone in the universe and that we must improve our understanding of planets and solar systems. As astronomers use the Kepler Telescope and rapidly improving technology, the discovery of exoplanets puts us one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Produced by Boston’s Museum of Science.
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ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy

  • August 12, 2017
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, we'll start by showing the sun safely from the sidewalk on Jefferson Street about a block from the Museum, and as the sun starts to go down we'll relocate to Parc Sans Souci near the fountain to observe Jupiter and Saturn.

Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 6:00 to about 7:00 p.m. (sun viewing) & about 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. (planet viewing)
Ages: All welcome
Cost: Free!

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Lunchtime Sidewalk Astronomy

  • June 28, 2017 - August 30, 2017
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Watch for one of the planetarium’s telescopes by the Museum at the corner of Jefferson and Congress Streets. See a safely filtered view of the sun and any sunspots that day!
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