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 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!
The Sky Tonight – 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.
Back to the Moon for Good – (24 minutes)
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 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. 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.
Extrasolar Planets: Discovering New Worlds | 30 Minutes
Opens to the public: June 5
We live on a small planet that revolves around a star that is no different in size, luminosity, or location, than any other. It is just one among many. Astronomers today are using specialized equipment to observe stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, to search for a star that might have planets orbiting it. For now we know of only one planet that has life on it … Earth. Yet astronomers are working around the clock to find even the smallest sign of life. Even if we only discover microorganisms, it would still be a monumental discovery. This discovery would prove once and for all … we are not alone.