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

Astro Live Apr 2015

Astronomy Live: Searching for Alien Life in the Universe

February 28, 2017

Sold out - Are we alone in the universe? Jackie Faherty and Emily Rice will investigate this question by touring a nearby solar system and exploring the potential diversity of living conditions on newly discovered extrasolar planets.

Illustration of New Horizons space craft with Pluto and Pluto's moon in the background

Frontiers Lecture: Pluto Revealed!

March 13, 2017

Jeff Moore, geology and geophysics imaging team leader for the New Horizons mission to Pluto, shares what scientists have learned about this distant dwarf planet during that time. Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will present imaging from the mission using the Museum’s new OpenSpace software.

Cartoon illustration of Sun orbiting the Earth

Sun-Earth Day

March 18, 2017

Explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. 

Family Astronomy: Creatures in the Sky

Family Astronomy

March 18, 2017

NASA Solar System Ambassador Laura Jean Checki will be your guide in the Hayden Planetarium as we travel to Arcturus and listen for the roar of Leo the Lion. Young astronomers will learn about the methods and tools used to observe the night sky.

LeFrak Theater

2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: De-Extinction

March 29, 2017

Sold out - Join host and moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson and his panel of experts for a lively discussion and debate about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative and revolutionary idea.


Hayden Special Event: Earth Day

April 21, 2017

Celebrate Earth Day in the planetarium dome! Carter Emmart guides you through the immersive story of our beautiful planet.


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.

Past Offerings

Planet Mercury

Astronomy Live: Mercury Rising

January 31, 2017

CANCELED - Join guides Denton Ebel and Carter Emmart for an up-close examination of our solar system’s smallest planet.


Frontiers Lecture: Can We Reach The Stars?

January 23, 2017

Sold out. Professor of physics Greg Matloff discusses recent developments that have advanced the possibility of interstellar travel for robots and humans, from the discovery of a potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun, to the announcement of an interstellar-probe called Project Starshot.