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 is gearing up to begin a new semester of public programming! The schedule of programs for January and February has been posted on our Scheduled Public Shows page. This semester we will be offering Thursday and Friday shows, as well as three special Saturday observing nights.
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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll add you. You’ll be notified of planetarium programs when we start back up in August.
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!
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!
On Saturday, April 27, Zacheis planetarium will present two new full-dome movies. “Life: A Cosmic Story”, will be shown at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet” will be shown at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. See the “Scheduled Public Programs” page for details.
Zacheis planetarium announces a new schedule of Free Friday Movies for the remainder of the spring semester. We have added several new movies to our library, and the new schedule will feature those new movies plus a few of the old favorites. Check out the “Scheduled Public Shows” page of the blog for the new schedule.
Zacheis planetarium will be showing its latest new fulldome movie “DARK” on Saturday, Feb. 16. Produced by iVEC on the University of Western Australia campus, DARK is a fulldome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.
DARK will be shown at 6:30, 7:15, and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Each showing will be followed by a short star tour and then a quick sneak-peek at another new capability for Zacheis: a trip to the Sistine Chapel! Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up outside so visitors can view the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, double stars, and more.
Admission is free but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets for all showings will be available at the planetarium when the doors open at 6:00 p.m.
The planetarium is also in the process of securing several other new fulldome movies. When that process is complete, showings of the new films will be scheduled and notice will be sent out to our email list. If you’re not already receiving our emails, drop me a note and I will add you: email@example.com.
See the “Scheduled Public Shows” page on the blog for the schedule of free Friday afternoon full-dome movies for Spring 2013. Show times each Friday are 3:45 and 4:30. Note that the schedule is likely to change after spring break as we are in the process of purchasing several new movies.