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.

Past Offerings

aurora borealis

Sun-Earth Day

March 24, 2018

Explore the special relationship between Earth and the Sun and learn about the delicate balance that makes our planet the perfect place to call home. 

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.

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.

Big Bird Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu looking at the Moon and Stars

Family Astronomy: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

June 3, 2017

Sold out - In this entertaining and educational video, the fun begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend Hu Hu Zhu visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the Sun, Moon, and stars, learn about the Big Dipper, and take an imaginary trip to the Moon.