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 Schedules

Weekends in December

November 29, December 6, 13, 20, 27 Saturday

November 28 & December Saturday
11:00 The Alien Who Stole Christmas
12:00 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Laser Show
2:00 ’Tis the Season
3:00 Live Sky Tour
4:00 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Laser Show

November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28 Sunday

1:00 The Alien Who Stole Christmas
2:00 ’Tis the Season
3:00 Live Sky Tour
4:00 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Laser Show




Please call ahead or see front desk when you arrive.

Prices are

  • $6.00 per person for a show.
  • $5.00 per person per show if you purchase more than one show the same night.

October 24 (Trick-or-Treat in the Museum)
5:00 Halloween Rock
6:00 Halloween Rock

December 11 (Festive Family Friday)
Various holiday laser shows will be shown throughout the evening.

  • 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

Observation Nights

(subject to change)

At SciWorks

  • September 19
  • September 27th. Lunar Eclipse!
At Pilot Mountain

  • Nov. 7 (rain date Nov. 14)
**There are no rain dates for the scheduled observation nights, unless otherwise noted.**

In the event of weather restrictions, check the recording at 767-6730 beginning at 5:00pm for updates.

Telescope Clinic

Conducted by the Forsyth Astronomical Society.

  • November 7, 2015 at SciWorks. Rain or Shine.

Astronomy Resources

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