Public Shows

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclipse coming our way August 21!

June 3, 10, 17, 24

8 PM Ancient Sky Lore

9 PM Digistar Virtual Journey

Ancient Sky Lore

In this live show, the presenter points out constellations and stars while sharing enchanting tales involving heroes and maidens, herdsmen and a harp, and real and imaginary animals. Star stories from ancient cultures come to life on the planetarium dome!

Bonus Eclipse Coverage! We will include our eclipse promotional video and a hands-on eclipse activity.

Appropriate for all ages

Digistar Virtual Journey

Take an exciting journey using the power of Digistar! You'll drive through space with the "space truck," enter a virtual space station, and travel to places from the depths of imagination. This fast-paced trip includes a tour of a virtual amusement park and a "ride" on its roller coaster! You will be amazed by the wild ride you will experience.

Bonus Dark Shadows! We will include a portion of our Dark Shadows show to highlight the upcoming eclipse.

Appropriate for all ages: fast-paced motion makes a few people slightly queasy

NOTE: Observatory Open After Public Shows.

Weather permitting, the RPSEC Observatory housing the Bechtel Telescope will be open for 30 minutes after public shows. There is no cost for these public observatory sessions.

 

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

8 PM Dark Shadows

9 PM Digistar "Laser" Fantasy

Dark Shadows

To learn how “dark shadows” are related to the phases of the Moon and to solar and lunar eclipses, join us for this program! It includes stunning images, Digistar segments, hands-on activities, and an inspiring video of a total solar eclipse. In addition, you’ll learn when, where, and how to view the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017!

Target audience: ages 8 and up

Digistar "Laser" Fantasy

Enjoy the soothing music and parade of shapes that dance in front of you during this laser-like program. Some of the shapes pick up speed and give you the sensation that the planetarium is in motion! This show includes a tribute to American astronauts and ends with a patriotic display of fireworks.

Bonus Eclipse Coverage! We will include our eclipse promotional video and a hands-on eclipse activity.

Appropriate for all ages: fast-paced motion makes a few people slightly queasy

Welcome to the DuPont Planetarium

The DuPont Planetarium exists to inspire others to explore the majesty of the heavens. Visitors age 4 and up attend public shows presented every Saturday. We encourage our visitors to reserve seats in advance. If you make a reservation, please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the show starts. All unclaimed reservations will be released 10 minutes prior to the show.

Astronomy and More

While most DuPont Planetarium programs focus on astronomy and encourage exploration of the night sky, one show takes visitors inside the living cell, and another blows them away into the wild world of weather. Most shows take advantage of the automation system in the planetarium, and all involve an enthusiastic presenter who is eager to share the majesty of the heavens with visitors. Digistar shows, such as Virtual Journey, entertain by using the power of the digital star projector to create shapes that dance across the dome to lively music.

Student Programs

Each year, thousands of K-12 school children visit the planetarium during the school day for exciting programs that meet science standards. These programs are reserved and scheduled like other student programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. We also conduct specialized programs for university classes.

RPSEC Observatory

The RPSEC Observatory (on the roof of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center) is open after public shows on Saturday evenings, weather permitting. The Bechtel Telescope housed in the RPSEC Observatory provides views of planets, nebulae and other celestial objects.

Private Programs

Private shows are arranged for educational groups such as scouts, preschools and colleges and for fun events such as birthday parties and company celebrations. To schedule a private showing for your group, see the Plan Your Visit section.