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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

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. 

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.

Past Offerings

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.


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. 

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.

Sci Fi Universe

The Sci-Fi Universe at the Hayden Planetarium

October 9, 2014

Cancelled - Hayden Astronomers Brian Levine and Christina Pease, examine the universe as seen through the lens of science fiction using immersive visualizations in the Hayden Planetarium.

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