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Upcoming Events at the Brown Planetarium

Contributed by: Dayna Thompson
Published: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 2:30 PM
Charles W. Brown Planetarium
Aug. - Dec. 2017 Free Public Programs
Planetarium Schedule (Printable Version)

Tour of the Late Summer Sky

  Fridays: August 25 & September 8, 15 @ 6:30pm
  Saturdays: August 26 & September 9, 16 @ 6:30pm and 8pm
Learn how to use a star chart as we take a tour of the late summer sky in the Brown Planetarium. You will learn how to find constellations, planets, and more. Come learn how to navigate the sky by using bright stars and constellations, and discover what fascinating objects exist deep in space.
Suitable for all ages 10+

Saturn & Beyond
  Fridays: September 22, 29 @ 6:30pm
  Saturdays: September 23, 30 @ 6:30pm and 8pm
After over 10 years in orbit around Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft will end its mission exploring Saturn on September 15, 2017 by purposefully entering the planet’s atmosphere. Before it’s destroyed it will send back information from that and other daring trips around Saturn. Come explore one of the most beautiful sights in our solar system in this production and afterwards learn about the most up-to-date information sent back during the final months of the Cassini mission.
Suitable for all ages 10+

Halloween: Celestial Origins
  Fridays: October 20, 27 @ 6:30pm
  Saturdays: October 21, 28 @ 6:30pm and 8pm
What do you associate with Halloween? Trick-or-Treating, costumes… astronomy? After all, Halloween is an astronomical holiday! During this program you will learn the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a “cross-quarter day.” We will also explore the night sky and learn what planets, constellations, and stars will be out on your Halloween evening.
Suitable for all ages 10+

Planet Nine
  Fridays: November 3, 10, 17 @ 6:30pm
  Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18 @ 6:30pm and 8pm
In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto, the most famous dwarf planet in the outskirts of our Solar System. The New Horizons flyby was big news, and the pictures it sent back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds whose orbits take them deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? Join us on the hunt!
Suitable for all ages 10+

The Christmas Star
  Fridays: December 1, 8 @ 6:30pm
  Saturdays: December 2, 9 @ 6:30pm and 8pm
Over the years many people have tried to explain the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem, as described in the Bible. Can the star be explained as an exploding star, a comet or some other natural event in the sky? Potential natural explanations for the Star of Bethlehem and common modern-day misconceptions will be discussed.
Suitable for all ages 10+

Planetarium Information:
  • Planetarium programs typically last 45-55 minutes.
  • No tickets or reservations are required, but plan to arrive early as seating is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do our best to open doors 30 minutes before show time.
  • There is no food or drink allowed in the planetarium.
  • Children 12 years and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The Charles W. Brown Planetarium is located on the west end of the Cooper Science Complex, located along Riverside Avenue.
For directions and parking information, as well as general policies, please visit the Charles W. Brown Planetarium website.