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

Stars in Planetarium

Astronomy Live: Stars of Summer

July 25, 2017

Join Joe Rao as he highlights the wonders of summer nights from Saturn and its spectacular rings to Jupiter gleaming in the south and Venus’ magnificent predawn show.

The planet Mars as seen from space.

Astronomy Live: Come Fly with The MARSBAND

August 1, 2017

Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and the musicians of The MARSBAND, including Keith Patchel for an immersive exploration of the Red Planet. Experience the Martian landscape up close, accompanied by a live performance, as you fly around the planet in an educational, musical meditation. 

Past Offerings

orange book cover with mountains and space ship illustration

Astronomy Live: Vacation Guide to the Solar System

July 18, 2017

Ever wanted to take a vacation to another world? Plan your astronomical itinerary while flying over the canyons of Mars, moon-hopping the satellites of Jupiter, and skiing the pink slopes of Pluto.

The sun rising over the top of Earth as seen from space

Astronomy Live: Earth-Sun Connection

June 27, 2017

NASA heliophysics scientists join Carter Emmart for an immersive look at "space weather"— a beautiful (and potentially dangerous) phenomena.