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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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.

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Astronomy Live: Mars in Focus

March 27, 2018

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

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Astronomy Live: Exoplanets

April 24, 2018

 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.

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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 LevineEmily Rice, and Jana Gercevich 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.

Past Offerings

Romance Under the Stars

Romance Under the Stars

February 14, 2018

Sold out - Celebrate the holiday with a unique NYC experience only at the Hayden Planetarium!

LeFrak Theater

2018 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate

February 13, 2018

Sold out - Each year, the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate brings the finest minds in the world to the Museum to debate pressing questions on the frontier of scientific discovery.

Family Astronomy: Creatures in the Sky

Family Astronomy

February 10, 2018

Sold out - Learn how to identify celestial objects in the night sky and see what you can find hiding in plain sight.

Elizabeth Tasker

Frontiers Lecture: Dangerous Worlds

February 5, 2018

Join astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker as she discusses the structures and features of exoplanets, and their potential for harboring life. 


Astronomy Live: NASA Missions

January 30, 2018

Join Emily Rice and Mark Popinchalk on a journey through the solar system, featuring information and images gathered through recent NASA missions.