The Frontiers Lectures highlight the latest advances in our knowledge of the universe by presenting the work of scientists working at the cutting edge of astrophysics.

The Hayden Planetarium has assembled the world’s largest cosmic atlas, extending from the Earth to the edges of the observable universe. Combined with the brilliant stars of the Zeiss Mark IX star projector Astronomy Live programs offer an interactive tour of the universe and a view of the constantly changing night sky.


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See individual listings for upcoming program below.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Upcoming Offerings

Manhattanhenge on 34th Street


May 30, 2017

As the Sun sets on May 30, it will be perfectly aligned with Manhattan's east-west numbered streets. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will be your guide to the history and astronomy behind this fascinating phenomenon in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.

Big Bird Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu looking at the Moon and Stars

Family Astronomy: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

June 3, 2017

In this entertaining and educational video, the fun begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend Hu Hu Zhu visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars, learn about the Big Dipper, and take an imaginary trip to the Moon. 

The sun rising over the top of Earth as seen from space

Astronomy Live: Earth-Sun Connection

June 27, 2017

NASA heliophysics scientists join Carter Emmart for an immersive look at "space weather"— a beautiful (and potentially dangerous) phenomena.


Cosmic Lights, Summer Nights

July 11, 2017 - August 4, 2017

Cosmic Lights, Summer Nights is a special series of Astronomy Live programs in July and August of 2017.

orange book cover with mountains and space ship illustration

Astronomy Live: Vacation Guide to the Solar System

July 18, 2017

Ever wanted to take a vacation to another world? Plan your astronomical itinerary while flying over the canyons of Mars, moon-hopping the satellites of Jupiter, and skiing the pink slopes of Pluto.

Stars in Planetarium

Astronomy Live: Stars of Summer

July 25, 2017

Join Joe Rao as he highlights the wonders of summer nights from Saturn and its spectacular rings to Jupiter gleaming in the south as darkness falls to Venus’ magnificent predawn show. 

Past Offerings


Astronomy Live: Exotic Skies

April 25, 2017

 Irene Pease and Brian Abbott show you what the night sky looks like from other vantage points in the cosmos.

Wave VS Moon

Science Throwdown: Sea vs. Space

April 13, 2017

Explore the merits of sea vs. space across a range of judging categories with aquanaut Fabien Cousteau and astronauts Mike Massimino and Don Pettit.