Planetarium

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Planetarium

Enjoy the night sky (even during the day), attend a laser show, or watch one of our many cool programs. Great for all ages! The SciWorks Planetarium is a multi-media theater. Inside the 50-foot dome, visitors experience a realistic simulation of the night sky as observed from any place on Earth. Special effects, slides, video images, and lighting are combined to enhance the overhead drama. Planetarium programs range from preschool to adult level and include many multi-cultural selections that reflect a world view of astronomy throughout the ages. Our laser light system offers the additional pleasure of a dazzling light show set to music and includes a choice of selections for all ages.

Show and Event Schedules

2016 Planetarium Show Schedule

2016

June

Saturday

11:00 AM Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
12:00 PM Explorers
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)

July

Saturday

11:00 AM Mystery of the Missing Seasons
12:00 PM Mars
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Space and Beyond (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM Mystery of the Missing Seasons
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Space and Beyond (15 minute musical laser show)

August

Saturday

11:00 AM Sol and Company
12:00 PM Seeing the Invisible Universe
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM Sol and Company
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)

September

Saturday

September
11:00 AM In My Backyard
12:00 PM Planet Patrol
2:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Space and Beyond (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM In My Backyard
2:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Space and Beyond (15 minute musical laser show)

October

Saturday

11:00 AM Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
12:00 PM Ring World
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Monsters and Mermaids (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Monsters and Mermaids (15 minute musical laser show)

November

Saturday

11:00 AM Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs
12:00 PM Mars
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs
2:00 PM TBD
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)

December

Saturday

11:00 AM The Alien Who Stole Christmas
12:00 PM Mannheim 35 min
2:00 PM Tis the Season
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Mannheim (15 minute musical laser show)

Sunday

1:00 PM The Alien Who Stole Christmas
2:00 PM Tis the Season
3:00 PM Live Sky Tour
4:00 PM Mannheim (15 minute musical laser show)

Weekdays

Please call ahead or see front desk when you arrive.

March 19, 2016
6:30 p.m. – Led Zeppelin
7:30 p.m. – Laser Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon

April 16, 2016
6:30 p.m. – R.E.M.
7:30 p.m. – The Beatles

September 17, 2016
6:30 p.m. – Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
7:30 p.m. – Pink Floyd, Best of Echoes.
8:30 p.m. – Pink Floyd, The Wall

October 29, 2016
6:30 p.m. – Halloween Rock
7:30 p.m. – Metallica

  • In my Backyard (Grades PreK-3) Major Theme: interactive program about rainbows and stories of constellations
  • Sol and Company (Grades PreK-3) Major Theme: Planets, Comets and Asteroids
  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Grades K-4) Major Theme: Planets
  • Tis the Season (Grades 1-9+) Major Theme: Explores cultural traditions during the winter season
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd (Grades 2-9) Major Theme: follows a slave family as they follow the big dipper to freedom
  • Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs (Grades 3-6) Major Theme: Constellations and theories about the extinction of dinosaurs
  • Mystery of the Missing Seasons (Grades 3-6) Major Theme: seasonal constellations and the earth’s tilt
  • Planet Patrol (Grades 3-6) Major Theme: Planets
  • Carolina Skies (Grades 3-9+) Major Theme: Planetarium staff introduces you to the constellations currently visible in the night sky. They may also mention extra ordinary events occurring in the night sky.
  • The Hunt for the Red Sprite (Grades 3-9+) Major Theme: cloud formations, storms and the Red Sprite
  • WSKY Radio Station of the Stars (Grades 3-9+) Major Theme: addresses a variety of astronomical questions
  • Ring World (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn
  • The Mars Show (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Mars
  • The Explorers (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Historical celestial navigation and future exploration
  • Lords of the Night (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures and their advanced understanding of astronomy
  • Seeing the Invisible Universe (Grades 6-9+) Major Theme: Wavelengths of light, astronomical observations in x-ray and infrared
  • Explorers of Mauna Kea (Grades 6-9+) Major Theme: Discoveries through high powered telescopes
  • Islands in a Sea of Night (Grades 9+) Major Theme: Star clusters, nebulas and galaxies
  • The Alien Who Stole Christmas (all ages) Major Theme: Explores the constellations in the winter sky with Santa Claus
2016

At SciWorks:

  • Jan 16: 6:00 PM (sunset is 5:30)
  • April 16: 8:00 PM (sunset is 7:55)
  • June 11: 9:00 PM (sunset is 8:30)
  • Oct 8: 7:30 PM (sunset is 7:00)

At Pilot Mountain:

  • March 5, 2016 7:00-10:00 (sunset is 6:30) (cancelled)
    • Rain date: March 12 (cancelled)
  • November 19, 2016 5:30-10:00 (sunset is 5:10)
    • Rain date: December 3

**There are no rain dates for the scheduled observation nights, unless otherwise noted.**
In the event of weather restrictions, check the recording at 336- 767-6730 beginning at 5:00pm for updates.


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