Public Shows

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Note: Change in times because of longer days

8pm Larry Cat in Space

9pm 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.

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).


The RPSEC Observatory is open after the 7:00 & 8:00 shows.


June 6, 13, 20, 27

8pm In My Back Yard

9pm More than Meets the Eye

In My Back Yard

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 (from his ninth album "What a Day"). This show begins with Fred greeting the audience and introducing his helper, Arnie the Arrow. Then it's off to explore 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." Arnie points out the Big Dipper -- but wait -- it's really a bear we're looking at! 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. Children will enjoy story telling, poetry, and song as they learn about the seasons, constellations, planets, meteors and the Moon.

Target audience: young families and the young at heart

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

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.