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. 

Monday Noon Shows

One Monday 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.

  • July 9: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
    • Recommended age: Kindergarden through elemnetary school
  • August 27: "Sunstruck!" and "The Incredible Sun"
    • 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. 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

Several times throughout the year for the 7:30 show we will have a show especially suited for young children (ages 4 through 3rd grade). These shows are denoted with an asterisk (*). 

  • July 13: "Secret Lives of Stars" 
    • Recommended age: middle school and up
  • *August 3: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"  
    • Recommended age: preschool - K5
  • August 10: "Dark Matter Mystery" 
    • Recommended age: middle school on up 
  • 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
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.

  • July 20
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 9:00-11:00 p.m.
  • August 17
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 8:00-10:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Note: If the weather does not allow the Friday observations in July and August, the backup date is the next day, Saturday.

Wednesday Matinee Shows

Several Wednesdays a month we will have an hour long show starting at 2:00 p.m. These shows include a constellations tour and a full dome show. These shows are free and open to the public.

  • July 11: How to find your way around the night sky; "New Horizons"
    • Recommended age: 4th grade and up
  • July 25: The night sky for kids
    • Recommended age: K5 through 5th grade
  • August 8: Greek Constellation Lore; "IBEX: Searching for the Edge of the Solar System"
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
  • August 15:  Beach Constellations, Moon and Sun 
    • Recommended age: K-4th grade
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