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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!

Now Showing

Spirits from Sky, Thunder on the Land

Wed-Sun at 2 pm

“Spirits From the Sky, Thunder On the Land” was originally written by the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. The program takes an in-depth look at the Pawnee nation, which thrived in parts of Kansas and Nebraska from the late 1600’s to the 1750’s. We see into the Pawnee mudlodge, see how they organized their calendar according to which stars were visible in the sky, and hear the Pawnee creation legend. “Spirits” has been converted into a full dome show by planetarium staff. 35 minutes.


THE SKY TONIGHT

Wed-Sun 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. FREE for Members. Included in Museum Admission for Non-Members.

April’s Sky Tonight show highlights will include:

The Spring constellations Leo, Cancer, Bootes, and Ursa Major, the Great Bear. Bright stars Arcturus, Spica, and Regulus, and the North Star, Polaris. The one bright planet visible in the April evening sky is Jupiter. We will take a little trip to Jupiter and its 4 largest moons using our new full dome system. From April 1-11, we will discuss Jupiter forming a triangle the Moon and the star Spica on April 10 (closest to Jupiter) and 11.



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