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Book a group planetarium star show and/or laser light show by contacting the planetarium director:

Ken Murphy

2018 Planetarium Christmas Show and Holiday Laser Light Show Schedule:

  • Saturday, December 15th 7-8 p.m.
  • Friday, December 21st 7-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 22nd 7-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 23rd 2-3 p.m.
  • Monday, December 24th 2-3 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and only sold at the door. Show up early to ensure a good seat. For questions email:

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Space Calendar
Space Calendar for 2018
January 2 Earth at perihelion, the closest point to the Sun
January 6 Mars & Jupiter very close in the morning sky
January 31 Lunar Eclipse, visible—early morning! Also a Super, Blue, Blood Moon!
January 31 60th Anniversary of Explorer 1; first successful American satellite
January to March Launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2; Moon Orbiter & Rover
February 15 Partial Solar Eclipse; South America, Antarctica
February 16 Chinese New Year—Year of the Dog
March 3-4 Venus & Mercury very close in evening sky; very low
March 11 Spring ahead!  Daylight Saving Time begins
March 14 Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday
March 20 Spring begins at 11:15 a.m. CDT
March 31 Blue Moon #2 for 2018—2nd full Moon in same month
Spring Launch of NASA’s TESS--Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
April 2 Saturn & Mars very close in morning sky
April 5 45th Anniversary of Pioneer 11 Launch; second spacecraft to reach Jupiter and first to fly by Saturn
May 5 Launch of NASA’s Mars Lander InSight--Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy & Heat Transport
May 8 Jupiter’s at opposition, opposite the Sun, up all night
June 21 Summer Solstice starts at 5:07 a.m. CDT
June 26 Saturn at opposition, opposite the Sun, up all night
June/July Hayabusa 2 (Japan) reaches Asteroid Ryugu; sample returns December 2020
July 6 Earth at aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun
July 12 Pluto at opposition
July 13 Partial Solar Eclipse; SE Australia, part of Antarctica
July 26 Mars at opposition, opposite the Sun, up all night
July 27/28 Lunar Eclipse—Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia
July 31 Launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe—first mission to "touch" the Sun
August 11 Partial Solar Eclipse; NE Europe, NW Asia, N Canada, Arctic
August 13 Perseid meteor shower peaks
September 7 Neptune at opposition
September 22 Fall arrives with the autumnal equinox at 8:54 a.m. CDT
October 1 NASA’s OSIRIS-REx surveys Asteroid Bennu; lands July 2020, returns September 2023
October 1 60th Anniversary of founding of NASA—National Aeronautics and Space Administration
October 1 Launch of Mercury orbiter BepiColombo (European Space Agency); arrives 2024
October 23 Uranus at opposition
October 26 Venus at inferior conjunction, between Earth and Sun
October 29 Venus & Saturn are close together in the evening sky
November 4 Fall back! Daylight Saving Time ends
November 26 Landing of Mars Lander InSight
December 14 Geminid meteor shower peaks
December 21 Winter Solstice starts at 4:23 p.m. CST
December 21 Jupiter & Mercury close together in morning sky
December 21-27 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8; first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit
January 1, 2019 New Horizons flies by Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69; flew by Pluto July 2015

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