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Programs in the Museum's Hayden Planetarium include:

  • The Frontiers Lecture Series
    This dynamic lecture series in the Hayden Planetarium features prominent astrophysicists, authors, and Museum experts. Attendees will learn about cutting-edge research and more.
  • Astronomy Live
    These Hayden Planetarium programs let visitors explore the night sky with the Zeiss Mark IX star projector or travel to the farthest reaches of the observable universe with the world's most complete cosmic atlas, the Digital Universe.

See individual listings for upcoming program below.


Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family.

Upcoming Offerings

Winter Solstice

Special Event: Winter Skies and Telescope Party

December 15, 2014

Join Hayden astronomers Steve Beyer, Joe Rao, and Ted Williams for a “sneak peak” at the nebulas, open cluster and all the other celestial objects that will be visible this winter.

Astro Live Dec 2014 Earth

Astronomy Live: Earth, As Seen From Space with Carter Emmart

December 30, 2014

With the Museum's director of astrovisualization, Carter Emmart as your guide, drift over the blue planet and witness the unparalleled beauty of the most diverse and necessary planetary system that we call home our home planet.


Astronomy Live: Astronomy 101 with Ted Williams

January 27, 2015

Interested in becoming an amateur astronomer but unsure where to begin? Ever wonder if it is even worth it to house a telescope in a crapped New York City apartment?  Start your astronomical viewing in the Hayden Planetarium and prepare for the night sky. 

Past Offerings

Starshade 2014

Searching for the Nearest Alien Worlds with a Starshade

November 6, 2014

In this talk scientists describe an innovative design for a space-based observatory consisting of a telescope plus “starshade,” to separate the faint specks of planet light from the glare of their parent stars, and begin probing mysteries related to their chemistry, structure, and potential for harboring life. 

Carolyn Porco

Frontiers Lecture: A Decade at Saturn with Carolyn Porco

October 20, 2014

For seven years, the Cassini spacecraft and its Huygens probe traveled to Saturn. Join Cassini Imaging Team Leader, Carolyn Porco, and witness the sights and magic worked by these emissaries from Earth to the enchanting realm of Saturn.

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