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Galaxy Club

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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 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!    Please note that, due to the state budget situation, beginning in January, we have been asked to raise our weekend show prices by a dollar.   


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 spring version of the show begins March 18.   Come and learn how to find the bright stars of our winter sky!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Returning to the dome April 1, "Dawn of the Space Age"   

From the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights, be immersed and overwhelmed by this accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women who took part on these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, passion and perseverance to explore. Originally produced by Mirage IIID.   Showing Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, beginning April 1.   Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens and children, available at the door. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

For the kis, "Flight Adventures!" opens April 2 

 

Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators—like you!   Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens and children, available at the door.  Make a "foam plate glider" (FPG) just like in the show!  The plans are here. 

 

 

 

 


 

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts!   Merit Badge workshops start in April. 

 

Get help on your Girl Scout "Sky" badge or your Boy Scout "Astronomy" merit badge during one of these evening workshops.   Advance registration is required.   For more information and to register, click here.   

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 


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!