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

Earth and Sun

Astronomy Live: Countdown to Totality

August 30, 2016

Get ready for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 with Joe Rao and share a “sneak preview” of the experience in the immersive dome environment.


Frontiers Lecture: Mapping The Heavens

October 3, 2016

Join astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan, as she explains the science behind dark matter and energy and provides an understanding of how radical scientific theories gain acceptance. 

Family Astronomy: Creatures in the Sky

Family Astronomy

October 22, 2016

Join us in the Hayden Planetarium as we teach our youngest astronomers about the methods and tools used to observe the night sky. 


Astronomy Live: Sci-Fi Universe

October 25, 2016

Explore the universe through the lens of science fiction with Brian Levine and Irene Pease, visiting the real counterparts of fictional locations to uncover how much has (and hasn't!) been explored.

Past Offerings


Astronomy Live: Constellations of the Zodiac

August 16, 2016

Sold out - Irene Pease and Lydia Maria Petrosino share stories of ancient mythology as they guide you through the night sky to identify the constellations of the zodiac.

Astro Live Apr 2015

Astronomy Live: Our Cosmic Destiny

August 9, 2016

Sold out - Join Brian Abbott as he guides you through the history of the universe, and then discover what will happen to stars and galaxies in the future, including our ultimate fate—the “Big Freeze.”