The Night Skies of the Fall – Mondays at 8 p.m.
SHOWDATES: September 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19 (No show on Oct. 26)
November 2, 9, 16, 23
Showtimes at 20:00 (8 p.m.)
As the seasons change, so does our view of
the night sky.
This show takes an in depth look at the
stars, planets and constellations of the current night sky.
If the skies are clear following this planetarium program we open the Arthur J.
Pejsa observatory to allow visitors an opportunity to view objects in the real
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE - Sunday at 2 p.m.
SHOWDATES: September 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18
pictures in magazines or on TV are absolutely breathtaking. However, these
images are often very different than what we would see with a telescope. What
do the objects in our night sky really look like when we view them through a
telescope or a pair of binoculars?
During this show, images of objects will be portrayed in a way that
accurately reflects how you might see them during a night of observing, and
then we compare them to the observatory photos and spacecraft views. Hopefully
you’ll leave with a better appreciation of the wonders you can actually see
from your own backyard.
OF FIRE: The Creation of Stars - Sunday at 2 p.m.
SHOWDATES: October 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22
Mention the word astronomy to someone and then ask them,
“What was the first image that popped into your head?” A large majority of the
people would undoubtedly reply, “STARS!” This makes sense, as we see thousands
of them on any clear, moonless night. We wondered about those speckled lights
in the sky since we were old enough to ask. Have you ever wanted to really
explore just what a star really is? If yes, this program will satisfy your
curiosity. We will explore the very nature of a star, from what makes them
shine to—well—what makes them in the first place! What are stars made of? How long do they live? Do they die, and if
so, how? In addition, we will probe the very nature of the universe, and
discover how you and I came to be. Ultimately, we will realize that we are all,
in a fascinating way, descendants of the stars…
WONDERS - Sunday at 2 p.m.
SHOWDATES: December 6, 13, 20
This program looks at the time of the winter solstice,
when the noontime sun is lowest in the sky. Join Jackie and Michelle, two
teenage girls, as they hear about Christian and Jewish religious events during
this time of year. We also look at some of our more light-hearted traditions:
gift-giving and decking the halls with candles and greenery. This program
includes a look at some of the solstice customs of some of the peoples of
central Africa, China, Native Americans, the Inuit, and the Incas to name a
few. We conclude by looking at some of the monuments that have been built by
prehistoric peoples to the winter solstice. Winter Wonders is a great holiday
program for families.
OF LIGHT - Sunday at 3:15 p.m.
SHOWDATES: December 6, 13, 20
This program traces the development of many of the
world’s most endearing holiday customs, from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas
lights, to the lighting of the Menorah and luminarias. Season of Light not only
recounts Christian and Jewish historical and religious events during the time
of the winter solstice, but also celebrations and rituals of many other
cultures. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa
Claus all drop by as we also look at some of our more light-hearted traditions:
gift-giving, kissing under the mistletoe, and decking the halls with greenery
and candles. We conclude by looking at some of the possible astronomical
explanations for the Christmas star. Lighten your holiday with a celebration of
one of the warmest and brightest of times.