Public Shows

Welcome to the UPGRADED DuPont Planetarium!

 

October 6 - SEED

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

-Saving the Dark & NASA Exploration

Explore the night sky over planet Earth and way that we can work together to save the dark and provide opportunities for others to enjoy the majesty of the heavens. From there, join us as we explore the exciting future exploration plans for NASA.

-I Spy the Sky

Spy the daytime sky and people outside through the camera obscura, then spy the nighttime sky on the planetarium dome. Learn while you play "I Spy!"

 

October 13, 27

6 PM Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

7 & 8 PM Cosmic Colors  

Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

Follow Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

Target audience: Ages 4 - 10

Cosmic Colors

Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays at your doctor's office and at a monstrous black hole. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!

Target audience: Ages 10 and up
Click to See Trailer - YouTube Video

 

October 20 International Observe the Moon Night

6 & 8 PM Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

7 & 9 PM Sunstruck  

Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky

Follow Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

Target audience: Ages 4 - 10

Sunstruck - Sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

Explore the sun in all its glory as you take a journey to the center of our solar system. This amazing, nuclear-powered "furnace" contains most of the mass of our solar system and is the source of its energy. Sunstruck will allow you to discover the wonders of our magnificent sun and investigate how our star supports life on Earth. This program includes information on the structure of our sun, the source of its energy, and how solar activity impacts our world.

Target audience: Ages 8 and up

 

NOTE: Observatory Open After Public Shows.

If it is dark, and 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.

 

Welcome to the DuPont Planetarium

Come See the New Digistar 6 Planetarium System!!

We are excited to report that we upgraded our planetarium system to a Digistar 6 in September 2017. We have some exciting new shows with plans to acquire other shows. We are looking for show sponsors. Sponsors will be identified on our website and promotional materials for the planetarium. Additionally, sponsors will be identified during the planetarium shows.

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 back in time to see the seven ancient wonders of the world and another helps young children learn about weather. All shows involve an enthusiastic presenter who is eager to share the majesty of the heavens with visitors. Digistar Special Effects shows entertain by using the power of the Digistar 6 projectors 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.