Public Shows

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

NOTE: Extra Dark Shadow Show Times 8/19 (see below)

-Dark Shadows-

Saturday, August 19
New Showtimes Added
10 & 11 AM and 12 PM
- Available
5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 PM - SOLD OUT

Sunday, August 20
7, 8 & 9 PM - SOLD OUT

August 26
8 & 9 PM


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

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.

Planetarium Upgrade in September!!

The planetarium will be closed for the month of September in order to upgrade our equipment. We will publish the October schedule at a later date.

Welcome to the DuPont Planetarium

Planetarium Upgrade in September!!

We are excited to report that we will be upgrading our planetarium system to a Digistar 6 in September. The planetarium will be closed for the month of September in order to install the upgrade. Check back here for scheduling of our New planetarium system.

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.