Public Shows

Welcome to the DuPont Planetarium!

September 7, 14, 21, 28

6 PM Big Bird's Adventure

7 PM Defying Gravity: It IS Rocket Science!

8 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

Defying Gravity: It IS Rocket Science!

Join host Apollo Aurora and her science reporters as they explore the science behind rocket power, gravity on other planets, and even monstrous black holes! Robot experts Apple 1-6-8-6 and EGR-1 will also lend a few circuits to explain the force that keeps us humans all grounded. Well, some of the time!

Target audience: ages 8 and up

Sunstruck

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.

Sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
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.

 

October 5

Science Education Enrichment Day

Alternating every 30 minutes
10 AM - 3 PM

Saving the Dark & NASA Explorations

Learn about how our outdoor lights interfere with the night sky to cause light pollution. What can we do about this? Visit the planetarium to find out. Then, see some of the wonderful plans that NASA has for the future.

Target audience: Ages 8 and up

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!"

Target audience: ages 8 and up

October 12, 19, 26

6 PM In My Backyard

7 PM Seven Wonders

8 PM Small Pieces of Glass

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 (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

Seven Wonders!

Travel back thousands of years in time and witness spectacular marvels of the ancient world. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's phenomenal SEVEN WONDERS. We will investigate the social forces and technologies leading to the creation of these incredible antiquities and glimpse other sensational spectacles of the universe. This show won four Telly Awards and is narrated by Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings films.

Sponsored by Dr. Rose Lee Hayes & Family
Target audience: ages 8 and up

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Celebrate the work of those who used telescopes during the past 400 years. The largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. Join two young people at a star party as they learn how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. A local astronomer teaches them how telescopes work and how the telescope has changed from Galileo's modified spyglass - using two small pieces of glass - to the huge, space and land-based devices of today, like NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

Appropriate for all ages

Welcome to the DuPont Planetarium

Come See Our Digistar 6 Planetarium System!!

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, some shows focus history and other science areas. 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 system 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.