Suits-Bueche Planetarium

Gaze into a star-filled sky and experience the cosmos in an immersive 30-foot dome.

An official NASA Space Place, the Suits-Bueche Planetarium welcomes thousands of visitors annually. It features a high-definition digital projector and a GOTO Chronos Star Machine, one of only a handful in the US, that displays 8,500 stars and 24 constellations as seen from any location on Earth. Planetarium shows are offered daily, and are presented by a live operator.

Planetarium Tickets are $6.50

 

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Phantom of the Universe

Phantom of the Universe follows the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe. It immerses audiences in a search for dark matter and features up-close views of the Big Bang and the emergent cosmos. Best for ages 6 and up.

Length: 45 minutes

Showtimes: Wednesday–Friday: 4 pm, Saturday: 2 pm, Sunday: 3 pm

We Choose Space

Take a tour of the International Space Station and a future Moon colony with this immersive show. Best for the whole family.

Length: 30 minutes

Showtimes: Wednesday–Friday: 2 pm, Saturday: 12 pm, Sunday: 1 pm

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Learn how telescopes work, trace their history, and see how scientists and citizens alike can use them to view our expansive universe. Best for ages 6 and up.

Length: 45 minutes

Showtimes: Wednesday–Friday: 3 pm, Saturday: 1 pm, Sunday: 2 pm

Planetarium Shows for Field Trips and Groups

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure
Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, take viewers on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.
Length: 30 minutes
Best for grades: Pre-K–2

Cosmic Wonders
This live program highlights the seasonal night sky, including constellations, planets, and the moon. Tell us what you are studying! We will emphasize such specific topics as constellation mythology or the solar system.
Length: Up to 45 minutes
Best for grades: Pre-K–12

Amp’s Amazing Night Flight
Join Amp the firefly for a fun and exciting tour of the night sky, the solar system, and more in this show designed especially for young learners.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: Pre-K–2

Two Small Pieces of Glass
Learn how telescopes work, trace their history, and see how scientists and citizens alike can use them to view our expansive universe.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–12

We Choose Space!
Discover the completed International Space Station (ISS) and the past and future Moon with Astronauts Scott Parazynski, Tom Jones and Gene Cernan, and veteran space reporter Walter Cronkite. This show is filled with adventures for everyone who dreams of space and wonders about human spaceflight.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–12

Sunstruck
Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the Sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–12

Impact!
Learn about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and about the dangers they can pose to life on Earth. Explore famous impacts on Earth, and discover how humans might turn away dangers from outer space.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–12

Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
Phantom of the Universe is an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. Learn about the first hints of its existence, see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, journey across the planet to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and speed alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 6–12

Losing the Dark
Learn all about light pollution and some of the important issues surrounding this problem in our environment. Explore simple actions people can take to help reduce light pollution and discover ways we can all work together to implement the responsible use of lighting.
Length: 30 minutes
Best for grades: 6–12

Saturn the Ring World
See Saturn up-close and all around you! Explore the two-story Cassini-Huygens spacecraft that began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004. Cassini explored Saturn and its moons during its extended mission, while the Huygens probe landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 6–12

Season of Light (Seasonal Show)
Light up the cold, dark winter with a bright holiday show that explores the history of holiday customs, cultural celebrations practiced during the winter solstice, and general astronomy topics including seasons and the winter night sky.
Length: 45 minutes
Best for grades: 3–8