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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

Season of Light

Ends Dec 31 | Wed-Sun at 2 pm

Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem”. Season of Light is a specialty program with an emphasis on astronomical and cultural themes related to the holiday season. Its educational impact is achieved through a set of multidisciplinary ideas woven throughout the program that help relate different holiday traditions and astronomy to the lives of students, families, and the general public. Showing Now through Dec. 31


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

Coming Soon

Black Holes: The 10th Anniversary Edition

Opens Jan 2 | Wed-Sun at 2 pm

Black Holes: the 10th Anniversary Edition is a completely revisualized show, made in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the 10th anniversary of the first Clark Planetarium production of Black Holes. The show tells the story of the science and mathematics that first predicted the existence of Black Holes one hundred years ago and goes on to show how our understanding of Black Holes has developed over the years.

They lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons, unseen voids with the energy of a million suns. They can devour entire stars, and once in their grasp, nothing, not even light, can escape. Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of Black Holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one?
Designed for all audiences, this full-length production features 3D simulations of Black Holes and the strange physical and visual effects they can create. With the help of science advisors from around the country, audiences will be able to see and feel what it might be like to approach the supermassive Black Hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, or speculate on the existence of “worm holes,” theoretical portholes in space and time.

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