Public Shows

Public Show Schedule

The Glastonbury Planetarium is open to the public on selection dates through out the year. You'll see the celestial sights of the night sky and fly through the solar system, Milky Way and beyond in an all new planetarium experience. We offer a regular series of shows on select Thursday nights and Saturday mornings.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show start time.

Due to the dark conditions in the dome, late arrivals are not allowed.

March 2019

Planetarium LIVE

New Month, New Sky, New Discoveries, New Adventures

Travel with the Planetarium on a journey into the vastness of space and the wonder of the night sky. Planetarium LIVE lets you experience the power of the most advanced planetarium in Connecticut. We'll explore the sky above and fly through deep space. Want to fly to the Moon? No problem. Ever wished you could fly through the rings of Saturn and land on Mars? Let's go. Curious about Pluto and its non-planet status? We can discuss. Bring your questions...bring your curiosty. The universe is yours to explore.

March 7 & 21 at 7:00 p.m.

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Sky Safari

New Month, New Sky, New Stories

A live presenter takes you on a journey into the celestial sights above featuring the stars, constellations, planets and nebulae of the seasonal night sky. No two shows are ever the same. This all live show is perfect for younger kids and their familes. We promise to explore all the cool places in space and tell lots of stories.

March 9 & 23 at 11:00 a.m.

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April 2019

Origins of Life

Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth.

Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Origins of Life then covers the great extinctions, as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth.

Origins of Life is an inspirational journey through time — and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it's right now!

Planetarium LIVE

New Month, New Sky, New Discoveries

Prior to our feature show, we'll travel with the Planetarium on a journey into the vastness of space and the wonder of the night sky. Planetarium LIVE lets you experience the power of the most advanced planetarium in Connecticut. We'll explore the sky above and fly through deep space. Want to fly to the Moon? No problem. Ever wished you could fly through the rings of Saturn and land on Mars? Let's go. Curious about Pluto and its non-planet status? We can discuss. Bring your questions...bring your curiosty. The universe is yours to explore.

Showtimes:

April 4 @ 7:00 p.m.

April 18 @ 7:00 p.m.

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Flight of the Butterflies

The monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent to a place it has never known.

It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico.

The technology of planetarium immerses you in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico – to a place it has never been!

Sky Safari

New Month, New Sky, New Stories

Prior to our feature show, a live presenter takes you on a journey into the celestial sights above featuring the stars, constellations, planets and nebulae of the seasonal night sky. No two shows are ever the same. This all live show is perfect for younger kids and their familes. We promise to explore all the cool places in space and tell lots of stories.

Showtimes:

April 6 @ 11:00 a.m.

April 20 @ 11:00 a.m.

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May 2019

Mars: One Thousand One

BRAND NEW SHOW! AN EPIC PLANETARIUM EXPERIENCE 4.6 BILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING!

An international crew of astronauts is about to embark on the first interplanetary journey in history, the first manned mission to the surface of Mars. Reporter Miles O'Brien is reporting live from his Space Headquarters TV Studio in New York while events unfold for the crew on their 1001 day long mission.

We will witness firsthand their brave attempts to put human footprints on Mars and return safely to Earth. This journey is made possible by the biggest engineering feat ever and loaded with scientific experiments. The explorers will be extending our knowledge of Mars and will be learning whether or not mankind has a future among the stars.

Experience the thrill of the grandest mission of exploration ever undertaken!

Planetarium LIVE

New Month, New Sky, New Discoveries

Prior to our feature show, we'll travel with the Planetarium on a journey into the vastness of space and the wonder of the night sky. Planetarium LIVE lets you experience the power of the most advanced planetarium in Connecticut. We'll explore the sky above and fly through deep space. Want to fly to the Moon? No problem. Ever wished you could fly through the rings of Saturn and land on Mars? Let's go. Curious about Pluto and its non-planet status? We can discuss. Bring your questions...bring your curiosty. The universe is yours to explore.

Showtimes:

May 2 @ 7:00 p.m.

May 4 @ 11:00 a.m.

May 9 @ 7:00 p.m.

May 11 @ 11:00 a.m.

May 30 @ 7:00 p.m.

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June 2019

Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet

Travel through space and time in a fulldome production that makes you look at Earth in a whole new way.

A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.

Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet’s interior. Journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. Visit the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Learn how scientists and engineers collaborate to help society prepare for a safer environment — and a safer future. Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth’s story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons — and how geological activity influences the course of human history.

Planetarium LIVE

New Month, New Sky, New Discoveries

Prior to our feature show, we'll travel with the Planetarium on a journey into the vastness of space and the wonder of the night sky. Planetarium LIVE lets you experience the power of the most advanced planetarium in Connecticut. We'll explore the sky above and fly through deep space. Want to fly to the Moon? No problem. Ever wished you could fly through the rings of Saturn and land on Mars? Let's go. Curious about Pluto and its non-planet status? We can discuss. Bring your questions...bring your curiosty. The universe is yours to explore.

Showtimes:

June 6 @ 7:00 p.m.

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Zula Patrol - Down to Earth

While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, The Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been travelling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. The Zula Patrollers must find and catch her, before her actions cause catastrophic consequences. In the process, our heroes learn all about the formation and development of Earth, and the life forms who call it home.

Sky Safari

New Month, New Sky, New Stories

Prior to our feature show, a live presenter takes you on a journey into the celestial sights above featuring the stars, constellations, planets and nebulae of the seasonal night sky. No two shows are ever the same. This all live show is perfect for younger kids and their familes. We promise to explore all the cool places in space and tell lots of stories.

Showtimes:

June 1 @ 11:00 a.m.

June 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

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Public Show Ticket Information

The planetarium seats 80. Tickets are required for our public shows as seating is limited. We recommend that you purchase your tickets on-line but you can purchase tickets at the door via a credit card. We are not able to handle cash transactions. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Seating is on a first-come basis. No late arrivals! We cannot admit guests after show has started so please arrive on time.

Our planetariums shows are open to all ages but here are some things to consider. Weather and time permitting we will include telescope viewing. Dress appropriately for the weather. All guests should be comfortable with sitting in the dark for an extended period of time. We want everyone to have a great time and be inspired by the awesomeness of the universe.

Show titles and times are subject to change without notice.