Public Shows

May 9

Transit of Mercury. <-- Click for more information. The tranist will be from 7:12 AM to 2:42 PM

May 14

Earth and Sky Night!

6:30 - 10:30 PM

Hands-on activities, telescopes, planetarium shows. Sponsored by the Astronomy Club of Augusta, USC Aiken, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. Click Earth and Sky Night for more details.


May 7, 21, 28

8 PM Larry Cat in Space

9 PM To the Moon and Beyond

Larry Cat in Space

This is a playful presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. At the beginning of the show we meet Larry and his human family. We learn of their interest in the stars and the moon. Larry's special human companion is Diana, who must leave Larry so that she can take a job on the moon as a lunar geologist. Larry misses Diana and finds a way to smuggle himself on board a space plane. He makes a stop on the space station Freedom and eventually gets into a lunar shuttle. He finds Diana, meets the other inhabitants, and learns about life on the moon. Throughout the show, Larry gives us a cat's view of the moon, backyard astronomy, space travel, and what is it like to live on the moon. Then, learn how humans really got to the Moon as we view NASA images of the Apollo missions.

Target audience: young families and the young at heart

To the Moon and Beyond

Experience the exciting adventures of Apollo astronauts on the Moon with young Carol and her dad. Learn what prompted the Race to the Moon, and become better acquainted with the attributes of Earth's natural satellite. Then, discover how NASA plans to send humans back to the Moon, Mars, and beyond! You may be inspired to join this quest! This program features the voices of Mary Morrison of WJBF in Augusta, GA (narrator), Tony Baughman of WKSK 92.7 FM (Dad), Moriah Melvin (young Carol), and Laura Melvin (Dr. Carol Bradford).

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.

June 4, 11, 18, 25

8 PM Mission to Mars

9 PM Digistar Virtual Journey

Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars Join us on a Mission to Mars in the comfort of our planetarium! Launch videos will propel us from Earth; then we'll zoom through space to Mars using NASA images and our Digistar projector. Learn about space travel; compare the surface features and rock types on Mars with Earth's geology; and view the Martian night sky!

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.

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.