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.
Tickets can be either be purchased at the door or on-line via https://glastonburyplanetarium.ticketleap.com. We do recommend that tickets be purchased ahead of time. Please contact the Planetarium at Planetarium@Glastonburyus.org with any questions. See you under the stars!
Doors open 30 minutes prior to show start time.
Due to the dark conditions in the dome, late arrivals are not allowed.
Powerful Forces Are Colliding
Weather has always been one of the most dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet, but now it's intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather takes us to the front lines where few have gone.
Among the melting tidewater glaciers of Alaska, National Geographic Emerging Explorer Dr. Erin Pettit leads a young team of researchers into the splash zone at the face of Dawes Glacier aboard a boat custom-designed to get as close as possible to the calving ice. Using a variety of instruments, her team works to measure the rate of melting to help build a more accurate model of global ocean level rise.
In the Great Plains of the United States, Oklahoma native Justin Walker tries to place pods of sensors inside tornados as part of an effort to determine if tornado outbreaks are growing more extreme. Working with driver Herb Stein, he races across the farm roads of the Heartland to get his instruments in direct contact with one of the most destructive forces on the planet.
A prolonged drought in California has caused the death of huge swaths of forest, creating a dangerous surge in the intensity of wildfires. Firefighters battle through smoke so thick it looks like night and so shockingly close to the heat that out-of-control flames lick at the lens. These growing infernos are themselves speeding the rate of polar ice melt, influenced by and also an influence on our increasingly extreme weather.
Follow these researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.
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.
For this installment of Planetarium LIVE, we'll go in search of extreme weather throughout the moons and planets of our Solar System.
Bring your questions...bring your curiosty. The universe is yours to explore.
December 5 @ 7:00 p.m.
December 19 @ 7:00 p.m.
December 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
December 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Three more flights were made that day with Orville's brother Wilbur piloting the record flight lasting 59 seconds over a distance of 852 feet.
To celebrate the anniversary of the First Flight one hundred and sixteen years ago, we present Flight Adventures.
Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly, and imagine where flight might take them. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the four forces of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators - like you!
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.
December 7 @ 11:00 a.m.
December 21 @ 11 :00 a.m.
National Parks Adventure
The power of America's national parks is undeniable. Millions have packed up the family to hike through impossibly lush forests, to gaze upon towering cliffs and deep-plunging canyons, to witness the breathtaking arcs of natural history, and, most of all, to share moments of wonder amid the protected treasures of this land.
A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure is acclaimed filmmaker Greg MacGillivray's most visually ambitious giant-screen film to date—a film that offers not only a sweeping overview of the national parks' history, but is equal parts adrenaline-pumping odyssey and soulful reflection on what the wilderness means to us all.
National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation's awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America's most legendary outdoor playgrounds