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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

Chris Hadfield

You Are Here with Astronaut Chris Hadfield

October 14, 2014

Join astronaut, author, and YouTube sensation Chris Hadfield for a virtual orbit of the Earth as experienced from aboard the International Space Station as documented in his latest book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes.


Family Astronomy in the Dome: I Spy in the Sky

October 18, 2014

The Hayden Planetarium invites our Youngest Astronomers for an evening of star hopping as we look at the fall and winter constellations of the nigh sky using the Zeiss Star projector. 

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.

Past Offerings

digital universe

Astronomy Live: Life on Other Worlds

August 26, 2014

In this program, Jackie Faherty and Carter Emmart will use the vast atlas of the Digital Universe to take a voyage through the nearby solar neighborhood and to explore exotic new worlds.

Grand Tour of the Universe

Astronomy Live: The Grand Tour

July 29, 2014

Sold out - Explore planets, extrasolar planets, nearby stars, and the myriad galaxies that populate the universe while we fly through the 3D Digital Universe Atlas.

Manhattanhenge on 34th Street


July 11, 2014

Learn the history and astronomy behind this unique event in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.

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