Current Planetarium Shows
Confused between Ursa Major and Aquarius? Or Taurus and Orion? Not sure if that bright light in the evening sky is Mercury or Venus? And what about the space station … can you really see it from your backyard? Come to the Hastings Museum Planetarium and experience The Sky Tonight to discover answers to all these questions and learn about all the major constellations visible when the sun goes down tonight.
Other full dome films are shown daily – just check the list and schedule below. Note that all regularly scheduled full dome Planetarium shows are free with paid admission or membership to Hastings Museum!
The Sky Tonight – See which constellations, comets, and other heavenly bodies will be visible in tonight’s sky, plus information on current astronomical events such as eclipses. The Sky tonight is presented in both a live format with planetarium staff, and as a digital full dome show. FREE for Members | Included in Museum Admission for Non-Members
Stars – (27 minutes)
Some stars last a billion years while others burn only for a short time. New ones are born every day. Experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. Very highly recommended. Playing through Feburary | FREE for Members | Included in Museum Admission for Non-Members
Back to the Moon for Good
In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The educational 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.