Can you help us reach for the stars? 

The Planetarium is in dire need of some upgrades that will affect our ability to continue to offer shows to the public.
Your donation, no matter the size, can have a direct impact on Haile Planetarium continuing to be a free resource for our community.

Give to the Planetarium

 

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

 

Reservations are encouraged for pre-scheduled, open, public shows.

If Northern Kentucky University is closed due to inclement weather, all shows at Haile Planetarium are canceled for that date. 

The projector at Haile Planetarium will soon be in need of replacement. Programs after September 30 are tentative and may need to be canceled until enough money is raised for new equipment. 

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
The projector at Haile Planetarium will soon be in need of replacement. Programs after September 30 are tentative and may need to be canceled until enough money is raised for new equipment. 
 
  • October 8: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
    • Recommended age: Kindergarden through elementary school
  • October 29: "Dark Matter Mystery"
    • Recommended age: Middle school 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

  • August 24: "Two Small Pieces of Glass" 
    • Recommended age: middle school and up
  • August 31: "From Earth to the Universe"
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
  • September 7: "Secret Lives of Stars", night sky tour
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
  • September 14: "Mayan Archeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe", Greek constellation lore
    • Recommended age: 8th grade and up
  • September 21: "Sunstruck!", "Solar Quest", night sky tour
    • Recommended age: 4th grade and up
  • September 28: "Phantom of the Universe" Greek constellation lore 
    • Recommended age: 6th grade and up
The projector at Haile Planetarium will soon be in need of replacement. Programs after September 30 are tentative and may need to be canceled until enough money is raised for new equipment. 
 
  • 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

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). 

  • September 7: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
  • September 21: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
The projector at Haile Planetarium will soon be in need of replacement. Programs after September 30 are tentative and may need to be canceled until enough money is raised for new equipment. 
 
  • October 5: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
  • October 12: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
Observing at Big Bone Lick State Park

On the Friday closest to the first quarter moon, we will take telescopes out to Big Bone Lick State Park to observe. Weather permitting, we will be at the Visitor's Center 2:00-4:00 to observe the sun, and then move up to the Campground when it gets dark to view constellations, planets, and deep sky objects.

  • September 15 (Saturday)
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • October 13 (Saturday)
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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