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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 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 the Hastings Museum!

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

Wednesday – Sunday at 2 pm | Ends Fri, Nov. 16

At a modern star party, see how Galileo Galilei built a “spyglass” and first aimed it to the heavens over 400 years ago. Complemented with spectacular imagery of Saturn’s rings, beautiful stellar nurseries and the spiral structure of galaxies, Two Small Pieces Of Glass shares the way telescope development has helped us understand our place in space.

It’s FREE for Members. Included in Museum Admission for Non-Members.


Seasons of Light Planetarium Show

Season of Light

Wednesday – Sunday at 2 pm | Begins Sat, Nov. 17

Season of Light  is an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons — a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.

This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.

The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. OC

It’s FREE for Members. Included in Museum Admission for Non-Members.


The Sky Tonight

Wednesday – Sunday at 3 pm

See which constellations, comets, and other heavenly bodies will be visible in tonight’s sky. You’ll also receive 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.

It’s FREE for Members. Included in Museum Admission for Non-Members.