Public Shows

April 1, 8, 15, 22

7 PM In My Backyard

8 PM More than Meets the Eye

In My Backyard

What can you see from your backyard? Join acclaimed family entertainer Fred Penner as he helps answer this question in an interactive program with three original songs. This show explores things large and small in Fred's backyard -- from the colors of the rainbow to counting ladybugs on a rose. After looking at the reasons for the seasons, the stars begin to appear as Fred sings "We're Going to Shine." ! Following a story about Callisto and Arcus, we snap our fingers to the beat of the planet poem, see some meteors whiz by, and sing along to "The Moon Song." The show ends with the song "In My Backyard" and Fred's goodbye to the audience.

Target audience: Young Children


More than Meets the Eye

In this great introduction to astronomy, mysteries of outer space are revealed as naked-eye views of objects in the sky are compared with views through binoculars and telescopes. Using the special capabilities of the DuPont Planetarium, learn about the night sky and how to identify a few constellations, nebulae and galaxies. You will also learn about the Moon and neighboring planets in the solar system. You'll realize there is "More than Meets the Eye" in the night sky as you observe planets, nebulae, galaxies and stars in ways you have not seen them before.

Target audience: Ages 8 and up


April 29

Family 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.


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.


May 6, 13, 20, 27

7 & 8 PM Engineering the International Space Station

This interactive show describes how 15 nations worked together to create the International Space Station (ISS), a unique scientific laboratory and home in space. A rap and animations explain how weight, mass, gravity and speed are related, and why astronauts are weightless on the ISS even though there IS gravity in space. Benefits to humanity of the ISS are also discussed.

Target audience: Ages 8 and up

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.