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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 The fall, 2015 schedule is updated - See our calendar for what's playing.



** Our summer matinees are over and we are back to our Friday/Saturday evening public programming! See our calendar for a full schedule. You don't need a reservation - all tickets are sold at the door! We will be closed September 4th & 5th for the Labor 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! Though our New Horizons Pluto show is now over, we'll be putting new Pluto images into "Prairie Skies" as they become available. Our fall show begins September 18.







Secrets of the Sun are told Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm

Take an intimate look at the role the Sun plays in the life of our solar system in this full-dome movie. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, we experience the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. We will trace the life cycle of the Sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.

Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.






Solar System SafariThe Solar System Safari begins September 12

A jungle adventurer uses a magical camera to take visitors on an exciting safari through the Solar System.  The Sun, Moon, planets, and dwarf planets come to life, taking on unique personalities and describing their own characteristics and eccentricities.  Learn about the planets and the current status of Pluto.  Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.





ArtemisEvery wanted to command your own starship?

The William Staerkel Planetarium will enter the world of gaming on October 12 as we play the Artemis Bridge Simulator in the dome.  The program networks several computers together simulating duty stations aboard a starship, including Captain, Science, Helm, Communications, Engineering and Weapons Control.  Players must work together to defeat the game.  Cooperation is encouraged!  Sound and lighting effects add to the experience!  You can see a tutorial of the game here. Advance registration is required! Click here for more info.  



Backyard workshop

"Backyard Astronomy" workshop returns this fall

Dive into the world of amateur stargazing! Learn how to read a star chart, how to locate stars and planets, how to watch meteor showers, how the Moon changes phase, and how telescopes work in this five week series. The workshop will meet for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning October 20, from 7-8:30pm. Pre-registration is mandatory! The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and kids 8 and over. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. The deadline to register is October 13. For a registration form, click here.




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.