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The Planetarium is in dire need of some upgrades that will affect our ability to continue to offer shows to the public.
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If Northern Kentucky University is closed due to inclement weather, all shows at Haile Planetarium are canceled for that date. 

Schneider Observatory Reopening: International Observe the Moon Night
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International Observe the Moon Night

Schneider Observatory Reopening 

Join us on Saturday, October 20 as we celebrate the reopening of the Schneider Observatory by being part of NASA's International Observe the Moon Night. Observing the moon will only be one part of our evening. We have a moon craft for the first 100 people, and either a short talk about the moon, or an opportunity for you to control the planetarium to fly around the moon. We invite everyone to come out and explore the moon, planets, and other astronomical objects with our eight telescopes and feel closer to the stars! Plan to be here for an hour to get through the three stations. No reservations required. 

What:  Schneider Observatory Grand Reopening Event

When: October 20, 8-11 p.m.

Where: Health Innovation Center Atrium, NKU Campus

How Much: Free (not including parking)

 

Monday Noon Shows

Two Mondays a month we will have an hour long show starting at noon. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome show. These shows are free and open to the public.

  • September 10: "Sunstruck!" and "The Incredible Sun" 
    • Recommended age: Middle school and up
  • September 24: "Einstein's Gravity" 
    •     Recommended age: Middle school and up
  • October 8: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
    • Recommended age: Kindergarden through elementary school
  • October 29: "Dark Matter Mystery"
    • Recommended age: Middle school and up
       
  • November 5: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    • Recommended age: Kindergarten through elementary school
  • November 19: "Seeing! A Photon's Journey Across Space, Time and Mind"
    • Recommended age: 3rd grade and up
Friday Night Shows

The 7:30 p.m. Friday night show has a range of ages for the targeted audience. It is an hour long. The doors open 15 minutes before the show. A couple times a month, we will have a preschool show at 6:00 p.m. select Fridays. These shows include a tour of the night sky (constellations) and a full dome show (listed below). These shows are free and open to the public.

7:30 Friday Shows

  • October 5: "Earth, Moon, Sun". Motions of the night sky
    • Recommended age: 4th grade and up
  • October 12: "Seeing", night sky tour
    • Recommended age: 3rd grade and up
  • November 9: "The Sun: Our Living Star"
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
  • November 16: "Einstein's Gravity Playlist
    • Recommended age: 6th grade and up
  • November 30: "Seven Wonders"
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
  • December 7: "Phantom of the Universe"
    • Recommended age: 6th grade and up
  • December 14: "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System"
    • Recommended age: 6th grade and up

6:00 Friday Shows

Several times throughout the year we will have a show at 6:00 especially suited for young children (ages 4 through 3rd grade). 

  • October 5: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
  • October 12: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • November 9: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • November 16: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
  • November 30: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • December 7: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket" 
  • December 14: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
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