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

Tickets: $5 per person, plus museum admission. Children 3 and younger admitted free.


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.


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Season of Light

December 2018

Daily 1:30 PM

Saturdays & Holiday Evenings 6 PM

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays to discover why the coldest season holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. This eloquent presentation traces the history of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season - from the burning of the Yule log and sparkling Christmas tree lights, to the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah and New Year’s Eve fireworks. Holiday evenings are December 26th-30th.


Let it Snow

December 2018

Daily 3:30 PM

Saturdays & Holiday Evenings 7 PM

Get into the spirit of the holidays with immersive, artistic visuals filling the dome around you synchronized to a winter soundtrack guaranteed to entertain carolers of all ages. Be sure not to miss a dazzling finale by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra that will kick off your holiday celebrations! Holiday evenings are December 26th-30th.


Our Carolina Sky

February 1, 2019 at 7 PM

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. Admission to Our Carolina Sky is $5 per person; 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 704.866.6900 to confirm presentation status. We apologize in advance for any problems our substitution policy may present.