August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
8pm Worlds in Motion
9pm Digistar Virtual Journey with New Horizons Preshow (Dwarf Planet Pluto spacecraft)
Worlds in Motion
Discover how the Earth and other objects move through space, how fast you are moving right now, and how there is no such thing as a total couch potato. From the atoms in the air to the dance of the planets, everywhere you look, ours is a universe on the move.
Target audience: Ages 8 and up
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
Preshow - New Horizons at Pluto
A preshow about the New Horizons spacecraft and its flyby of Dwarf Planet Pluto will precede the Digistar Virtual Journey show.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.