Public Shows

Public Show Schedule

The Glastonbury Planetarium is open to the public on selection dates through out the year. All shows feature a NEW LIVE Space Show highlighting our Digistar 6 Fulldome System! 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.

Showing this Fall!

The Sun - Our Living Star

October 4 & 18, 2018

7:00 pm

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations. Don’t be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

The show opens with our Explore the Universe live sky show! Leave Earth far behind as we take off through our Solar System, out of the Milky Way and beyond. We'll explore the large scale structure and the diversity of objects that make up our universe including galaxies, nebula, black holes, star clusters and more.

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Perfect Little Planet

October 20, 2018

11:00 am

In “Perfect Little Planet,” a family from another star system is doing just that — looking for the perfect vacation spot as they travel through our solar system. Join them and see the solar system from a distinctly different point of view. Soar over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Uranus’ moon Miranda at breath-taking speeds. Sail through the beautiful rings of Saturn and dare the ferocious lightning storms on Jupiter. Which destination would you choose? Explore some of the best known sights of our solar system.

The show opens with our Wonders of the Night Sky live sky 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 as the sky is never the same!

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Europe to the Stars

November 1 & 29, 2018

7:00 pm

Europe to the Stars takes the viewer on an epic journey behind the scenes at the most productive ground-based observatory in the world, revealing the science, the history, the technology and the people. Discover the European Southern Observatory in a story of cosmic curiosity, courage and perseverance; a story of observing a Universe of deep mysteries and hidden secrets; and a story of designing, building and operating the most powerful ground-based telescopes on the planet. The movie focuses on the essential aspects of an astronomical observatory, while offering a broader view of how astronomy is done. From site-testing to locate the best places in the world for observing the sky, to how telescopes are built and what mysteries of the Universe astronomers are revealing.

The show opens with our Explore the Universe live sky show! Leave Earth far behind as we take off through our Solar System, out of the Milky Way and beyond. We'll explore the large scale structure and the diversity of objects that make up our universe including galaxies, nebula, black holes, star clusters and more.

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Grossology & You

November 3 & 17, 2018

11:00 am

A wise respiratory system once said, "Gross is in the eye of the beholder." After watching this planetarium show, you may start thinking differently about the "gross" side of the human body and what it does to protect us every day.

Join Noreen Neuron, host of the "Personal Universe" game show, as she leads us through a competition to decide which body system is the best and brightest. Will it be Scabby (the immune system), Boogie (the respiratory system) or Flatus (the digestive system)? Laugh and learn as these animated characters explore the inner workings of the human body!

The show opens with our Wonders of the Night Sky live sky 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 as the sky is never the same!

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Tales of the Maya Skies

December 6 & 20, 2018

7:00 pm

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chichén Itzá, Mexico, the “seventh wonder of the modern world.” Listen to the story of the ancient Maya civilization. With unprecedented realism, “Tales of the Maya Skies” immerses us in Maya science, art and mythology, using full-dome digital technology to transport us back into the world of the Maya. The show inspires and educates through its description of the Maya’s accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the universe.

The show opens with our Explore the Universe live sky show! Leave Earth far behind as we take off through our Solar System, out of the Milky Way and beyond. We'll explore the large scale structure and the diversity of objects that make up our universe including galaxies, nebula, black holes, star clusters and more.

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Astronaut

December 1 & 15, 2018

11:00 am

What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as subject Chad, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. "Astronaut" is an experience like nothing on Earth. Featuring visualizations of key organs in the human body, Astronaut explores the effects of space travel on the circulatory, the nervous, and the skeletal systems. Learn how the forces of gravity change in space, and how astronauts prepare for their upward journey.

The show opens with our Wonders of the Night Sky live sky 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 as the sky is never the same!

Tickets

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.