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The Westminster College Planetarium is open for in-person shows! If you have any questions or concerns, please email planetarium@westminster.edu.

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Upcoming Planetarium Shows


February


Feb 8, 2023

6:00 PM

Stargazers of Africa
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

"Stargazers of Africa" takes viewers on a journey to Africa for a journey connecting the stars, moon, and planets to the people across this great continent. From the dawn of time, African people have looked to the skies above for inspiration and guidance, and this show will depict the mythology and lessons that have been reflected back to them.

This show is recommended for grades 3+ (ages 8 and up).

Please register for the show here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525598407987 

Feb 17, 2023

6:00 PM

Stargazers of Africa
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

"Stargazers of Africa" takes viewers on a journey to Africa for a journey connecting the stars, moon, and planets to the people across this great continent. From the dawn of time, African people have looked to the skies above for inspiration and guidance, and this show will depict the mythology and lessons that have been reflected back to them.

This show is recommended for grades 3+ (ages 8 and up).

Please register for the show here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525603984667

March


Mar 1, 2023

6:00 PM

Fate of the Maya
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

Explore The Prophecies Of The Mayan Astronomers! Visit the Classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future. Explore pyramids towering above the rainforest, designed as observatories to follow the sun. Experience the apocalypse of the Maya and discover how they predicted a fate for the world in 2012.

This show is recommended for grades 7+ (ages 12 and up).

Please register for the show here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525608096967 

Mar 10, 2023

6:00 PM

Fate of the Maya
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

Explore The Prophecies Of The Mayan Astronomers! Visit the Classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future. Explore pyramids towering above the rainforest, designed as observatories to follow the sun. Experience the apocalypse of the Maya and discover how they predicted a fate for the world in 2012.

This show is recommended for grades 7+ (ages 12 and up).

Please register for the show here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525612189207 

April


Apr 5, 2023

6:00 PM

Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

Over 2,000 years ago ancient astronomers knew the Earth was round; they measured its diameter and distance from the Sun; knew the length of the year to the precision of our modern calendar; and developed a method for predicting eclipses. Ancient sailors navigated by the stars and some astronomers even suspected the Earth orbited the Sun.

Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity is a journey of learning from the Pantheon to the ancient Library of Alexandria to the pyramids of Egypt.

Discover why the Pantheon is an astronomical instrument, how Eratosthenes measured the Earth’s circumference, how the Saqqara Step Pyramid depicts the turning stars, who first claimed that the Earth orbits the Sun, and who created the Antikythera Mechanism with hundreds of gears to predict motions of the Sun, Moon and planets.

This show is recommended for grades 3+ (ages 8 and up).

Please register for the show here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525612540257 

Apr 14, 2023

6:00 PM

Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

Over 2,000 years ago ancient astronomers knew the Earth was round; they measured its diameter and distance from the Sun; knew the length of the year to the precision of our modern calendar; and developed a method for predicting eclipses. Ancient sailors navigated by the stars and some astronomers even suspected the Earth orbited the Sun.

Amazing Astronomers of Antiquity is a journey of learning from the Pantheon to the ancient Library of Alexandria to the pyramids of Egypt.

Discover why the Pantheon is an astronomical instrument, how Eratosthenes measured the Earth’s circumference, how the Saqqara Step Pyramid depicts the turning stars, who first claimed that the Earth orbits the Sun, and who created the Antikythera Mechanism with hundreds of gears to predict motions of the Sun, Moon and planets.

This show is recommended for grades 3+ (ages 8 and up).

Please register for the show here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525614255387 

Apr 26, 2023

6:00 PM

The Navigators
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

Nga Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators is a family-friendly animated show that tells the story of Maori, Pasifika, and later, European navigation towards Aotearoa through the eyes of a young girl, Moko.  

Moko dreams of becoming a master star navigator like her koro Jack.

Journey with Moko as she gains knowledge and understand of Maori, Pasificka, and European voyanging traditions and realizes how skilled her tupuna had to be to travel the largest ocean on Earth.

This show is recommneded for grades 1+ (ages 6 and up.)

Please register for the show here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525614817067 

May


May 5, 2023

6:00 PM

The Navigators
Hoyt 116 - Planetarium

Nga Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators is a family-friendly animated show that tells the story of Maori, Pasifika, and later, European navigation towards Aotearoa through the eyes of a young girl, Moko.  

Moko dreams of becoming a master star navigator like her koro Jack.

Journey with Moko as she gains knowledge and understand of Maori, Pasificka, and European voyanging traditions and realizes how skilled her tupuna had to be to travel the largest ocean on Earth.

This show is recommneded for grades 1+ (ages 6 and up.)

Please register for the show here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/525616120967