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Galaxy Club

Welcome!

Parkland Staerkel Planetarium photo
We offer various educational programs for school field trips, Scout troops, day care groups, park recreation, civic groups, and others.

Our World of Science lectures provides a monthly forum in which a local scientist discusses his or her specialties.

Enjoy weekend public Planetarium shows for residents of all ages. Explore this website for descriptions of our current shows. Contact us at planetarium@parkland.edu. See our calendar for what's playing.

 

 

See our calendar for a full schedule. You don't need a reservation - all tickets are sold at the door!  We will be closed for public shows on May 27/28 for Memorial Day weekend!  


Prairie SkiesTraditional "Live" planetarium at its best! "Prairie Skies" Friday nights at 7pm

Take a live tour of the current night sky (and not have to swat mosquitoes)! Learn how to find the current constellations and planets, plus hear a few of the legendary stories featuring the imaginary figures above us!  The summer version of the show begins June 17.   

Father's Day Special . . . .dads get in free with a paying kid for the 7pm and 8pm shows on June 17

 

 

 

 

 


 Begins June 3, "From Earth to the Universe"   

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe, a new fulldome show from the European Southern Observatory. Showing Fridays at 8pm in June and July.  Admission is $6 adults; $5 students, seniors, and children under 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Summer Matinees begin June 7

For the summer, we will again temporarily suspend Saturday programming in the months of June and July and add matinees for the kids.   Matinees will be Tuesdays at 1pm & 2pm and then Thursdays at 10am and 11am.  The schedule will appear in our online calendar soon!   

 

"In My Backyard"
Let’s explore the night sky from our own backyards! Through use of story-telling, poetry and songs, children are encouraged to participate in the show while learning about the seasons, Ursa Major, planets, meteors, and the Moon. Narrated by Fred Penner. Admission is $6 adults; $5 students, seniors, and children under 12.

"Coyote Explores the Earth, Moon, & Sun"
Explore the relationships between the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our neighbors in space. His confusion makes us think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work as a system as we distinguish between myth and science. Examine how the Sun rises and sets and how the Sun shines, then learn about craters on the Moon, phases and eclipses. Finally, we look at past exploration of the Moon. Admission is $6 adults; $5 students, seniors, and children under 12. See both shows and get the second one half price! 

 

 

 


meteorite

See the Goose Kaler Meteorite Collection now on display in our lobby

On loan from the Kaler family, the meteorite collection contains samples from Canyon Diablo, Esquel (Argentina), Gibeon (Namibia), and Sikhote-Alin (Siberia). The "monster" of the collection is a 16 kilogram iron meteorite that you can touch. A brochure containing background information on the samples can be picked up in our lobby or you can download one here.