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.

  • April 30: "Hot and Energetic Universe"
    • Recommended age: Middle school and up
  • May 21: "Mayan Archeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe"
    • Recommended age: Middle school and up
  • June 25: "Seven Wonders"
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
Friday Night Shows

There are two shows on Fridays. One starts at 6:00 and has a target audience of preschoolers. The 7:30 p.m. show has a range of ages for the targeted audience. Both shows are 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.

6:00 Friday Shows

  • April 20: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • April 27: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • May 4: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
  • May 11: "Clockwork Skies", "Sizing up Space", "Space Shapes"
  • May 18: "Clockwork Skies", "Sizing up Space", "Space Shapes"
  • May 25: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
  • June 1: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • June 8: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • June 15: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure"
  • June 29: "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" 

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 (*). 

  • April 20: "The Hot and Energetic Universe" 
    • Recommended age: Middle school and up
  • April 27: Astrophotography 
    • Recommended age: Middle school and up
  • *May 4: "Clockwork Skies" and "Sizing up Space" 
    • Recommended age: 4-8 
  • May 11: "Wonders of the Universe" 
    • Recommended age: 5th grade and up
  • May 18: "Earth, Moon, Sun"
    • Recommended age: 4th grade and up
  • May 25: "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System"
    • Recommended age: middle school and up
  • June 1: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
    • Recommended age: K - 4th grade
  • June 8: "Cosmic Origins Spectrograph"
    • Recommended age: middle school and up
  • June 15: "Experience the Aurora"
  • June 22: Special Presentation from Astronomy Campers
  • June 29: "Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
    • Recommended age: K - 4th grade 
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.

  • May 18
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 8:30-10:30 p.m.
  • June 22
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • 9:00-11:00 p.m.
  • 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 May, June, July and August, the backup date is the next day, Saturday.

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