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Explore the moon, stars and beyond in our new digital planetarium.
Housed in the Museum’s original Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium (formerly the Nature Dome featuring Grandpa Tree), the dome has been retrofitted with a new Digitarium® Zeta planetarium system, with bench and floor seating around the dome.
The daily schedule will include a mix of multimedia shows and seasonal star shows. Throughout July & August, our 3:30 p.m. show on Wednesdays and Saturdays will be a special solar eclipse-themed guided program.
View the solar eclipse, taking place on August 21, 2017, from the comfort of our new Planetarium. See the Charlotte sky during the hours of the eclipse and learn what causes a solar eclipse and what makes this particular eclipse so special.
Multimedia shows are full-dome video adventures that explore astronomy topics such as moon landings, space travel, solar phenomena and the inner workings of the telescope.
Seasonal star shows take you on a guided tour of the Queen City sky in winter, spring, summer or fall. Learn to identify stars, planets and constellations visible to the naked eye and how to orient yourself using celestial guideposts.
Planetarium shows are included with Museum admission. Due to limited seating, tickets are required for entry. Please request planetarium tickets at Admissions upon arrival. Tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be requested online or in advance.
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