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nebula Planetarium shows are a resource for astronomy information, and keeps area residents informed about sky events.

Public Shows are free and all ages are welcome to attend, but see below for suggestions about age if you're unsure. Telescopes are available before and/or after the shows for viewing celestial objects when the conditions outside are favorable. The schedules for the public shows can be found on the Public Show Schedule page. There are two types of public shows: Wendesday Sky Tours and Science Staurdays.

Wendesday Sky Tours begin at 6 and 7 pm every other Wednesday of the month in February, March, April, September, October, and November. They feature a special topic that digs into a particular astronomical subject with an emphasis on the most recent, cutting-edge, discoveries. Some children younger than 10 - 12 yrs old may find the special topics too technical to keep their interest.  A brief tour of the night sky is given before the special topic presentation. Shows last about 30 - 35 minutes.

jupiter Science Saturdays are on the 1st Saturday of the month from February through December. The movies are for appropriate for most age groups - Younger children will enjoy the high quality graphics and 3D effects if not the technical parts. The time of each Science Saturday changes in order to optimize the potential for viewing the moon and the visible planets in a telescope (see the Public Show Schedule page). Before the movie is a brief news segemnt featuring the lates astronomical discoveries followed by a tour of the night sky.

Private shows are available for school and other groups upon request. Shows for public school groups are free. If your group is close to 20 or larger, you may want to schedule a private show in order to gaurantee seating (the MLC can only hold about 80 people). Private shows typically start with a tour of the night sky followed by a full dome movie. Options afterwards include telescopes for viewing celestial objects, and/or a question and answer session with a professional astrophysicist. Those interested in a private show should contact us for more information.