Planetarium

Enjoy the night sky (even during the day), attend a laser show, or watch one of our many cool programs. Great for all ages! The SciWorks Planetarium is a multi-media theater. Inside the 50-foot dome, visitors experience a realistic simulation of the night sky as observed from any place on Earth. Special effects, slides, video images, and lighting are combined to enhance the overhead drama. Planetarium programs range from preschool to adult level and include many multi-cultural selections that reflect a world view of astronomy throughout the ages. Our laser light system offers the additional pleasure of a dazzling light show set to music and includes a choice of selections for all ages.

Show and Event Schedules

Weekend Schedule Show

Weekends

  • Saturday shows at 11 am, Noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm
  • Sunday shows at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm

 

Weekday Show Schedule

Weekdays

Please call ahead or see front desk when you arrive.

Specialty Laser Shows

2017 Laser Show Schedule coming soon!

Specialty Laser Shows

Wednesday, April 19

  • 9:15 pm –Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon (42:52; This show is separate from our Brewing & Distilling Event from 6 pm-9 pm)

Friday, July 21st

  • 7 pm – The Beatles (39:10)
  • 8 pm – Led Zeppelin (49:33)

October- Halloween Event (date TBD)

  • 2 pm – Halloween Rock (38:31)
  • 3 pm – Halloween Rock (38:31)
  • 4 pm – Halloween Rock (38:31)
  • 5 pm– The Beatles (39:10)
  • 6 pm– Pink Floyd-The Wall (47:26)

November– (Date TBD)

  • 8 pm–Pink Floyd-The Best of Echoes (54:32)
  • 9 pm –Metallica (52:20)
Show Descriptions
  • In my Backyard (Grades PreK-3) Major Theme: interactive program about rainbows and stories of constellations
  • Sol and Company (Grades PreK-3) Major Theme: Planets, Comets and Asteroids
  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Grades K-4) Major Theme: Planets
  • Tis the Season (Grades 1-9+) Major Theme: Explores cultural traditions during the winter season
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd (Grades 2-9) Major Theme: follows a slave family as they follow the big dipper to freedom
  • Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs (Grades 3-6) Major Theme: Constellations and theories about the extinction of dinosaurs
  • Mystery of the Missing Seasons (Grades 3-6) Major Theme: seasonal constellations and the earth’s tilt
  • Planet Patrol (Grades 3-6) Major Theme: Planets
  • Carolina Skies (Grades 3-9+) Major Theme: Planetarium staff introduces you to the constellations currently visible in the night sky. They may also mention extra ordinary events occurring in the night sky.
  • The Hunt for the Red Sprite (Grades 3-9+) Major Theme: cloud formations, storms and the Red Sprite
  • WSKY Radio Station of the Stars (Grades 3-9+) Major Theme: addresses a variety of astronomical questions
  • Ring World (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn
  • The Mars Show (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Mars
  • The Explorers (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Historical celestial navigation and future exploration
  • Lords of the Night (Grades 5-9+) Major Theme: Ancient Aztec and Mayan cultures and their advanced understanding of astronomy
  • Seeing the Invisible Universe (Grades 6-9+) Major Theme: Wavelengths of light, astronomical observations in x-ray and infrared
  • Explorers of Mauna Kea (Grades 6-9+) Major Theme: Discoveries through high powered telescopes
  • Islands in a Sea of Night (Grades 9+) Major Theme: Star clusters, nebulas and galaxies
  • The Alien Who Stole Christmas (all ages) Major Theme: Explores the constellations in the winter sky with Santa Claus
Observation Nights, hosted by the Forsyth Astronomical Society

Stargazing Nights Hosted by the Forsyth Astronomical Society

Saturday, February 18th at Pilot Mountain

  • 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (February 25th rain date)

Saturday, April 8th at SciWorks

  • 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21st at Yadkin County Park

  • 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 Saturday, April 22nd at Pilot Mountain

  • 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 23rd at SciWorks

  • 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 11th at Pilot Mountain

  • 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Astronomy Resources

Astronomy Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets