Fall semester planetarium programs

Ok, I’m running pretty late here, I’ll admit that.  But to be complete, we’re showing movies on Thursday evenings at 7:00 and 7:45 and Friday afternoons at 4:30 and 5:15.  As of this writing, the schedule of programs, available on our Scheduled Public Shows page, includes a live presentation one Thursday night in September and one Thursday night in October.  You can expect another in November.

Programs will be held every Thursday and Friday that classes are in session (i.e., all of them through Dec. 12, except Oct. 16-17 and Nov. 27-28).  All programs are free and open to the public.  Seating is first-come, first-served.

Summer Movie Schedule announced

The schedule of movies for the summer of 2014 has been released.  Zacheis planetarium will be showing movies every Thursday evening at 7:00 and 7:45.  To see the schedule, check out our “Scheduled Public Shows” page.

Public Telescope viewing this weekend

On Saturday evening, Feb. 8, Zacheis Planetarium will host a free, public telescope viewing session. Weather permitting, we will have telescopes outside for visitors to view Jupiter and its four largest moons, the Moon, and a selection of double stars and star clusters. Inside the theater at 6:15 and 7:15, we will present a short overview of the evening and morning skies, including bright stars, constellations, planets, and the Moon.

All programs at Zacheis are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the indoor program due to limited seating, and will be available at the planetarium when doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Please dress VERY warmly. Cold toes take away some of the fun of seeing the cloud bands on Jupiter and craters on the Moon!

Zacheis Planetarium Resumes Public Shows

After being closed for almost two months, ASU’s planetarium is ready to resume public shows. The complete schedule for the fall semester will be released in the next week, but here’s the general plan…

– Thursday evenings, 7:00 and 7:45. We will alternate between movies and live presentations each week. Live presentations will sometimes cover astronomy and sometimes earth science, using the new software installed this summer. Doors will open at 6:45.

– Friday afternoons, 4:30 and 5:15.  Two showings of a movie each week. We are holding these shows later this semester in the hope that more people will be able to attend. Doors will open at 4:15.

– One Saturday night each month, starting in September.  We will do a live presentation on the evening sky, and have telescopes out for public viewing, weather permitting.  Times will be arranged to coincide with dark skies (so we can use the telescopes!)  One night I can tell you now: October 12 is International Observe the Moon Night. We will have a Moon program, as well as telescopes and cameras for public use. Bring a USB flash drive and take your photos home with you!

We will start this Thursday with a live presentation highlighting a few of the evening constellations, and a sneak peek at the new earth science software, The Layered Earth. Friday’s movie will be “Robot Explorers”.

Zacheis planetarium is now closed for the remainder of the summer

Zacheis planetarium is now closed until classes start again in mid-August. The planetarium is getting an upgrade to a system called “The Layered Earth”, which will greatly increase our outreach capabilities in Earth Science. Look for a reopening announcement roughly the second week of August.

Meanwhile, if you’re not already on the planetarium email list, drop me a note (rjastalos@adams.edu) and I’ll add you. You’ll be notified of planetarium programs when we start back up in August.

Zacheis Planetarium presents summer movies!

Until the last week in June, Zacheis planetarium will be offering free public programs every Friday afternoon and every other Tuesday evening. See the schedule on the Scheduled Public Programs page.

Zacheis planetarium will be closed from the last week of June until ASU classes start in August. During this time, the planetarium will be receiving an upgrade that will allow us to present dramatic Earth Science lessons using software called “The Layered Earth”. Stayed tuned for updates!

“Creatures of the Night” program at the planetarium May 7

On Tuesday, May 7, Zacheis will be hosting a special program: “Creatures of the Night”.  Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the San Luis Valley are home to some amazing nocturnal animals! Though seldom seen, eight species of owls, six species of bats, black bears, amphibians and more roam freely with starlight and moonlight as their guide within this national park. These special creatures are part of the reason why dark skies matter in this high mountain valley. Take a closer look at our nocturnal neighbors at a special presentation at Zacheis Planetarium with “Night Sky Ranger” Danielle York from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

The program will be given twice, at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the planetarium when the doors open at 6:30. Admission is free and open to the general public, but tickets are required due to limited seating.

Come see the nightlife under the dome at Zacheis!