Dupont Planetarium

The DuPont Planetarium exists to inspire others to explore the majesty of the heavens. Visitors age 4 and up attend public shows presented every Saturday. We encourage our visitors to reserve seats in advance. If you make a reservation, please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the show starts. All unclaimed reservations will be released 10 minutes prior to the show. While most DuPont Planetarium programs focus on astronomy and encourage exploration of the night sky, one show takes visitors inside the living cell, and another blows them away into the wild world of weather. Most shows take advantage of the automation system in the planetarium, and all involve an enthusiastic presenter who is eager to share the majesty of the heavens with visitors. Digistar shows, such as Virtual Journey, entertain by using the power of the digital star projector to create shapes that dance across the dome to lively music.

In My Backyard

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What can you see from your backyard? Join acclaimed family entertainer Fred Penner as he helps answer this question in an interactive program with three original songs (from his ninth album "What a Day"). This show begins with Fred greeting the audience and introducing his helper, Arnie the Arrow. Then it's off to explore things large and small in Fred's backyard -- from the colors of the rainbow to counting ladybugs on a rose. After looking at the reasons for the seasons, the stars begin to appear as Fred sings "We're Going to Shine." Arnie points out the Big Dipper -- but wait -- it's really a bear we're looking at! Following a story about Callisto and Arcus, we snap our fingers to the beat of the planet poem, see some meteors whiz by, and sing along to "The Moon Song." The show ends with the song "In My Backyard" and Fred's goodbye to the audience. Children will enjoy story telling, poetry, and song as they learn about the seasons, constellations, planets, meteors and the Moon.
Target audience: young families and the young at heart

In My Backyard

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Great for young families and the young at heart....

What can you see from your backyard? Join acclaimed family entertainer Fred Penner as he helps answer this question in an interactive program with three original songs. This show begins with Fred greeting the audience and introducing his helper, Arnie the Arrow. Then it's off to explore things large and small in Fred's backyard -- from the colors of the rainbow to counting ladybugs on a rose. After looking at the reasons for the seasons, the stars begin to appear as Fred sings "We're Going to Shine." Arnie points out the Big Dipper -- but wait -- it's really a bear we're looking at! Following a story about Callisto and Arcus, we snap our fingers to the beat of the planet poem, see some meteors whiz by, and sing along to "The Moon Song." The show ends with the song "In My Backyard" and Fred's goodbye to the audience. Children will enjoy story telling, poetry, and song as they learn about the seasons, constellations, planets, meteors and the Moon.

More than Meets the Ey

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In this great introduction to astronomy, mysteries of outer space are revealed as naked-eye views of objects in the sky are compared with views through binoculars and telescopes. Using the special capabilities of the DuPont Planetarium, learn about the night sky and how to identify a few constellations, nebulae and galaxies. You will also learn about the Moon and neighboring planets in the solar system. You'll realize there is "More than Meets the Eye" in the night sky as you observe planets, nebulae, galaxies and stars in ways you have not seen them before.
Target audience: Ages 8 and up

More than Meets the Eye

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In this great introduction to astronomy, mysteries of outer space are revealed as naked-eye views of objects in the sky are compared with views through binoculars and telescopes. Using the special capabilities of the DuPont Planetarium, learn about the night sky and how to identify a few constellations, nebulae and galaxies. You will also learn about the Moon and neighboring planets in the solar system. You'll realize there is "More than Meets the Eye" in the night sky as you observe planets, nebulae, galaxies and stars in ways you have not seen them before.
Target audience: Ages 8 and up

Dark Shadows

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To learn how “dark shadows” are related to the phases of the Moon and to solar and lunar eclipses, join us for this program! It includes stunning images, Digistar segments, hands-on activities, and an inspiring video of a total solar eclipse. In addition, you’ll learn when, where, and how to view the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017!
Target audience: ages 8 and up  Three shows:  7, 8, and 9 PM

Engineering the International Space Station

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This interactive show describes how 15 nations worked together to create the International Space Station (ISS), a unique scientific laboratory and home in space. A rap and animations explain how weight, mass, gravity and speed are related, and why astronauts are weightless on the ISS even though there IS gravity in space. Benefits to humanity of the ISS are also discussed.
Target audience: Ages 8 and up, two shows 8 and 9 PM.

Ancient Sky Lore

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In this live show, the presenter points out constellations and stars while sharing enchanting tales involving heroes and maidens, herdsmen and a harp, and real and imaginary animals. Star stories from ancient cultures come to life on the planetarium dome!
Appropriate for all ages

Digital Virtual Journey

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Take an exciting journey using the power of Digistar! You'll drive through space with the "space truck," enter a virtual space station, and travel to places from the depths of imagination. This fast-paced trip includes a tour of a virtual amusement park and a "ride" on its roller coaster! You will be amazed by the wild ride you will experience.
Appropriate for all ages: fast-paced motion makes a few people slightly queasy

Ancient Sky Lore

  • Dupont Planetarium

In this live show, the presenter points out constellations and stars while sharing enchanting tales involving heroes and maidens, herdsmen and a harp, and real and imaginary animals. Star stories from ancient cultures come to life on the planetarium dome!
Appropriate for all ages 

Dark Shadows

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Take an exciting journey using the power of Digistar! You'll drive through space with the "space truck," enter a virtual space station, and travel to places from the depths of imagination. This fast-paced trip includes a tour of a virtual amusement park and a "ride" on its roller coaster! You will be amazed by the wild ride you will experience.
Appropriate for all ages: fast-paced motion makes a few people slightly queasy

Digital "Laser" Fantasy

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Enjoy the soothing music and parade of shapes that dance in front of you during this laser-like program. Some of the shapes pick up speed and give you the sensation that the planetarium is in motion! This show includes a tribute to American astronauts and ends with a patriotic display of fireworks.
Appropriate for all ages: fast-paced motion makes a few people slightly queasy

Dark Shadows

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To learn how “dark shadows” are related to the phases of the Moon and to solar and lunar eclipses, join us for this program! It includes stunning images, Digistar segments, hands-on activities, and an inspiring video of a total solar eclipse. In addition, you’ll learn when, where, and how to view the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2017!
Target audience: ages 8 and up  Two shows 8 and 9 PM