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 Schaffner Family and the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Upcoming Offerings

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Astronomy Live: Multiwavelength Universe

May 29, 2018

The universe is full of light, from the many hues of the visible spectrum to waves we can’t see like X-rays, gamma rays, and infrared light. Join Brian Levine and Emily Rice, and explore the universe through a different lens.

Mercury taken by Messenger

Frontiers Lecture: Mercury Rising

June 11, 2018

Join guides Denton Ebel and Carter Emmart for an up-close examination of our solar system’s smallest planet—Mercury.

Experience Manhattanhenge


July 12, 2018

As the Sun sets on July 12, it will be perfectly aligned with Manhattan's east-west numbered streets. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty will be your guide to the history and astronomy behind this fascinating phenomenon in a special presentation at the Hayden Planetarium.

Past Offerings

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Astronomy Live: Exoplanets

April 24, 2018

Sold out - Jackie Faherty will take you on a virtual tour of our local galactic neighborhood and explore the diversity of potential living conditions on newly discovered extrasolar planets.


Astronomy Live: Mars in Focus

March 27, 2018

Sold out - Join Carter Emmart and Irene Pease on a tour of Mars and examine multiple iconic locations in exquisite detail. 

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Frontiers Lecture: We Have No Idea

March 12, 2018

Join PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson as they explore everything we don’t know about the universe with popular infographics, cartoons, and entertaining and lucid explanations of science.