Now Showing in the JLP

Currently Showing in the James H. Lynn Planetarium & Science Theater:

Tickets: $5 for all visitors, plus museum admission. Children 3 and younger admitted free.

All programs are subject to change. While we make every effort to present the
shows as listed on our website and in our activities calendar, equipment issues may prevent
their presentation and we may be forced to substitute shows. If you're planning to
see a certain show, we recommend that you call our Reception Desk at 704.866.6908
to confirm presentation status. We apologize in advance for any problems
our substitution policy may present.


The Sky Tonight!
Monday – Friday 12 PM
Saturday 12 & 2:30 PM
Sunday 2:30 PM
Lie back under the planetarium’s clear sky as we discover the stars, planets, and other celestial
events visible from your backyard. Whether you are looking for the North Star and Big Dipper
or seeking distant pulsars and galaxies, we will arm you with the tools necessary to find your way
in the sky and discover the wonders that await.
Oasis in Space
Daily 1:30 PM
Free Tuesdays 5:30 PM
(Free Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month; standard fees apply)
On Earth, water is plentiful, but can it be found elsewhere in the Solar System?
Soar through the rings of Saturn, dive into the clouds of Venus, and get up-close view of Jupiter’s
Great Red Spot on a journey through the Solar System.
Solar Superstorms
Sunday – Friday 3:30 PM
Saturday 11 AM & 3:30 PM
Free Tuesdays 6:30 PM
(Free Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month; standard fees apply)
Our Sun that seems to shine peacefully in the daytime sky is also capable of fierce outbursts.
A tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma vents the Sun's rage in dramatic flares,
violent solar tornadoes, and massive eruptions. Explore the inner workings of our star and discover
how solar storms can affect life here on Earth.


James H. Lynn Planetarium Special Program:

Our Carolina Sky
Sept. 7, 2018 at 7 PM

First Friday of each month

(online tickets here)

The night sky above the Carolinas is constantly changing; have you ever wondered what lies overhead? Join us the first Friday of each month to discover how our sky has changed and to stay up-to-date with the newest space missions and discoveries. Take a live tour of the current month’s constellations and explore various topics ranging from the earliest history of astronomy to the latest advancements in the field. This new monthly program series is hosted by James H. Lynn Planetarium Director, Will Snyder.

The September 7 installment will highlight the sights and events that fill this month’s night sky. After dominating the cosmos throughout the summer, the bright planets of Venus and Jupiter slowly start to slip from our sky. The Summer Triangle reaches its highest point of the year after sunset and offers a wonderful view of our birds, Cygnus and Aquila, as they fly down the Milky Way. With the start of fall arriving in September, Pegasus leaps up above the horizon bringing his rider Andromeda and her family drama in the east. Close by in the sky, the distant planet Neptune reaches opposition, providing us the opportunity to dive into the mysteries that hide beneath the blue clouds of our final planet in the Solar System. Join us as we discover these sights and more that await in “Our Carolina Sky.”

Admission to “Our Carolina Sky” is $5.00 for everyone over 3 years of age. Planetarium seating is limited, and advanced ticketing is strongly encouraged. To purchase your tickets in advance, please visit or call 704-866-6900. The program will begin promptly at 7:00pm, and late admission will not be possible.

*Programs last about an hour.