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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Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Upcoming Offerings

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Astronomy Live: Voyagers

November 28, 2017

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager spacecraft, composer Gerald Cohen brings us Voyagers, a new musical piece for clarinet and string quartet.

This artist concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of our sun.

Frontiers Lecture: Demystifying Black Holes

December 11, 2017

From gravitational raditation to X-ray binary star systems, Steven Gubser and Frans Pretorius use creative thought experiments to explain the fantastical properties of black holes, and how the same qualities that capture the public imagination inform today’s research.

Seeing Into the Future

Astronomy Live: Astronomical Calendar

December 26, 2017

Prepare for your next journey around the Sun. Join Ted Williams and Irene Pease as they share the highlights of 2018, including celestial sights and constellations from January to December.

Past Offerings

Caleb Scharf wearing a black shirt and glases and holding out his arm to the viewer as if explaining a thought

Frontiers Lecture: The Zoomable Universe

November 13, 2017

Inspired by the bestselling book and classic film Powers of Ten, the award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf leads an epic tour through all known scales of reality, from the largest possible magnitude to the smallest.

Family Astronomy: Creatures in the Sky

Family Astronomy: Achakosuk (The Stars)

November 4, 2017

Sold out - Young astronomers and their families are invited to an evening in the Planetarium with “The Star Guy.” Wilfred Buck, a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation, shares legends and stories illustrating how indigenous people from the First Nations have connected to the sky for thousands of years.

Stars in Planetarium

Astronomy Live: Spooky Astronomy

October 31, 2017

On this Halloween night, join Jackie Faherty and Lydia Maria Petrosino for an evening of spooky stories of the cosmos as we navigate the constellations and explain the most frightful and petrifying objects in the sky.


Exploring Scientific Data

October 26, 2017

Sold out - Meet scientists who are developing new methods of exploring data to investigate the natural world, from earthquakes to solar flares to phenomena far outside our home galaxy.