Programs

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Virtual Visit

THOMAS PLANETARIUM AT HOME

You can now stream Planetarium feature shows in the comfort of your own home. Through a partnership with FULLDOME OnDemand, the Thomas Planetarium is pleased to offer a selection of Loch Ness Productions' popular Planetarium show rentals at special reduced prices. This is a great way to help support the Thomas Planetarium while enjoying some of best films this producer has to offer.

Museum members get access to special programming, as well as first look at the Planetarium's newest shows. 

Upcoming events

Movie and Making: Halloween

4-5 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, Oct. 1-31

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Space Mission: Solar Investigation

5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28

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Interactive “Mini” Quest: Earth, Moon & Sun

12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 2-31

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Interactive Quest: Moon Adventure

2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 2-31

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Planetarium Show: "Rosetta"

4-4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, Nov. 2-30

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Movie and Making: Dinosaurs

12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 6-28

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Interactive Quest: Moon Adventure

2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 6-28

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Space Mission: James Webb

5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18

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Planetarium Show: "Life: A Cosmic Story"

4-4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday, Dec. 1-31

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Movie and Making: Aurora

12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Dec. 4-26

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Interactive Quest: Moon Adventure

2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, Dec. 4-26

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Seasonal Programming

BLINK: CREATIVE PLAY – STORY TIME IN THE PLANETARIUM

Build literacy and language skills with a live retelling of classic and modern tales in the planetarium. Blink engages toddlers and their caretakers with drop-in, educator-led programs on Thursdays from September to May. Best for ages 5 and under; siblings welcome. Included with museum admission. 

Space mission

Join NASA Solar System Ambassadors in the planetarium for a live program highlighting the latest in space news. Hear and see updates on current space missions and find out what’s currently visible in the night sky. After the program, stay for interactive activities and discover new astronomy resources. 

STARGAZING AT HOME

Stargazing at Home is a blog that brings space and astronomy news to you. 

VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS

The planetarium is part of many school group offerings October through May.

FIRST FRIDAYS – RAPID SPACE SHORTS

These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky and cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. Free; ticket required and available at the front desk.

FRIDAY NIGHT MUSIC AND LIGHT SHOWS

LIVE IN THE PLANETARIUM 

Artists and musicians team up to perform music and light experiences live. These programs are designed specifically for the Thomas Planetarium. Occurs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays once a month in June, July and August. Space is limited, tickets required. $15 admission, members receive a 10% discount. Please use 7th Avenue entrance.

PINK FLOYD

Immerse yourself in Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, or Wish You Were Here. These full-dome music and light show expands on the classic albums through captivating HD graphics. Not a typical laser show, but the next generation of computer-generated imagery.

LED ZEPPELIN

Be transported by mood-altering art and 3D graphics choreographed to Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits. This immersive experience plays out on the museum’s full-dome planetarium screen in concert with a state-of-the-art sound system.

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS IN THE PLANETARIUM

Watch Saturday morning cartoons exploring art, history, culture, and science in the planetarium. These immersive, full-dome programs change monthly, occurring Saturday mornings 10:30-11:30 a.m.