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

Manhattanhenge on 34th Street


July 12, 2016

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


Cosmic Lights, Summer Nights

July 19, 2016 - August 30, 2016

Cosmic Lights, Summer Nights is a special series of Astronomy Live programs in July and August of 2016.


Astronomy Live: Come Fly with The MARSBAND

July 19, 2016

Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, and the musicians of The MARSBAND, including Keith Patchel and Tenzin Kunsel, for an immersive exploration of the Red Planet.

Astro Live Apr 2015

Astronomy Live: Our Cosmic Destiny

August 9, 2016

Join Brian Abbott and Alejandro Núñez as they guide 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.”

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.

Past Offerings


Frontiers Lecture Series: Coloring the Universe

June 13, 2016

Astrophysicist Travis Rector will explain how researchers create images that are both aesthetically pleasing and scientifically useful while Carter Emmart will project examples of this stunning imagery in full-dome. 


Astronomy Live: Opposition of Mars

May 31, 2016

Join Steven Beyer and Joe Rao as they illustrate Mars’ place among the stars of the constellation Scorpius, and explain what happens during the Opposition of Mars, when the Red Planet and the Sun are on opposite sides of Earth.