Haunted Night Sky returns this October!

This show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12.  Use your imagination to find creatures in the night sky, build a Frankenstein satellite, and take a tour of the Sea of Serpents on the Moon, the Witch’s Head Nebula and other spooky places in the Universe.  Saturdays in October @ 12:30 pm and 2 pm.  Approximately 45 minutes.  Price is $6 for children and free for adults.

Solar Eclipse – FAQs

We are VERY excited about the upcoming eclipse, are you?  Join us on eclipse day!  Here are some details.

  • You do NOT need to buy or reserve tickets for the eclipse viewing.  Just show up.
  • We will be viewing the eclipse outside both in front and behind the Rainier building.
  • The planetarium presentation inside the Science Dome explaining the ins and outs of solar eclipses is at 8:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am  and 11:45 am, first-come, first-served – no reservations (Red times just added so we can accommodate more people.)
  • Parking – The “A” parking lot is the closest to the Rainier building/eclipse viewing, but be prepared to walk across campus if it is full.  Here is a campus map. Please do not park in the employee parking.  All other parking is fine.

We will provide:

  • SAFE ways to view the eclipse (eclipse glasses, pinhole cameras, sun spotters, telescopes with solar filters, etc)
  • Hands-on eclipse related activities
  • A live stream of the eclipse from the path of totality

Some facts about the eclipse:

  • From Lakewood we will see a partial eclipse, the moon will cover 94% of the sun.
  • Eclipse starts at 9:08 am, is maximum at 10:20 am and ends at 11:38 am.
  • People from every part of the United States will be able to see at least a partial eclipse.

Safety tips:

  • Even with 94% of the sun obscured it is NOT safe to look at the sun without proper equipment.
  • Sunglasses are NOT good enough to protect your eyes.
  • The only thing you can see in proper eclipse glasses is the sun, they block out more than 99% of the light.
  • If you can’t make it out to join us and do not have eclipse glasses you can make a pinhole camera to view the eclipse safely.

We will be handing out eclipse glasses on eclipse day but cannot do so before then.

Solar Eclipse Viewing August 21, 2017

Save the date for this, you don’t want to miss it!

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. This is the first time a total solar eclipse will cross coast-to-coast since 1918!
We are just outside the path of the TOTAL eclipse. From Lakewood 94% of the sun will be blocked by the moon! Join us in viewing this spectacular event!

-We will provide SAFE ways to view the eclipse*
-Live stream of the TOTAL eclipse rain or shine
-Presentations in the Science Dome describing what happens during a solar eclipse

*DO NOT look directly at the sun on your own without proper equipment

Pre-eclipse planetarium presentation in the Science Dome at 8:30 am

Eclipse begins at 9:08 AM
Eclipse is maximum at 10:20 AM
Eclipse ends at 11:38 AM

Post-eclipse planetarium presentation in the Science Dome at 11:45 am

Additional planetarium presentations added at 9:15 am and 11 am! All are first-come, first-served.

The event is totally FREE and totally AWESOME.

If you have a chance to drive down to Oregon and see the eclipse on the path of totality DO IT.  It will be absolutely amazing.  If not, join us and it will still be pretty cool.

3-2-1 Blast Off!

How do rockets work? What parts do they have? Where do they take us? Junior Explorers can learn the answers to these questions in our new children’s show 3-2-1 Blast Off!  Our young astronauts (ages 3-12) will embark on Orion Mission 74 and learn the ins and outs of rockets, build their own rocket and have a rocket race!

3-2-1 Blast Off! starts Saturday April 1st and will run through May at 12:30 and 2 pm. Price is $6 per child ages 3-12.   Tickets can be purchased online through the link below OR at the door.  Please keep in mind that children’s shows often sell out and we recommend purchasing tickets before heading out the door to ensure a seat.  You only need to purchase/reserve seats for children, adults get in free.

Motions and Patterns – A new Children’s Show!

Our newest show for our youngest visitors (recommended 3-12) starts this Saturday January 28, 2017 and will run through March.  Saturdays at 12:30 and 2 pm.  $6 per child.  Adults get in free.

Motions and Patterns –  How do the sun, moon and stars move across the sky?  Why does it get dark so early in the winter yet the sun is still up at bedtime in the summer? Discover motions and patterns in the sky, make and take your own constellation and travel around the world to see how others see the sky.

Get your tickets now!

CWU Family Science Night 2016

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Join us for a fun-filled family science night hosted by Central Washington University!

  • Friday, December 2nd, 5:30 – 7 pm
  • FREE hands on science activities for kids of all ages!
    • Did you See That Smell?
    • Fast Tracks
    • What’s the Matter?
    • Chromatography: What’s in that pen?
    • Picture This
    • Parachute Drop
  • Followed at 7 pm by the Science Dome’s Friday night all ages show – Experience the Aurora ($6 general admission).

Exploring Earth

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  • July 23, noon – 4 pm.
  • Hands-on Science Activities
  • Premiere of new fulldome video: Habitat Earth (1 pm, 2:45 pm)*
  • New Children’s Show: Living Planet (noon, 1:45 pm, 3:30 pm)*
  • Free!
  • Great for all-ages!

*Reserve Seats!

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Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

LivingPlanet

Children’s Show: The Living Planet  Join an interstellar tour as an alien visiting the amazing blue planet, Earth!  Dive deep into the oceans, scour the vast deserts and trek deep into the heart of the rain forest!  This new program is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-8!

Transit of Mercury 2016

Transit of Mercury Viewing – May 9th, 7 am – 11:42 am

A transit of Mercury in 2006. Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO

A transit of Mercury in 2006. Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO

A transit of Mercury is a fairly rare event with just 14 happening this century!

Mercury will pass in front of the sun and cast a tiny shadow.  Weather permitting we will be out starting at 7 am to watch Mercury trek across the sun.  Come learn about and experience SAFE solar viewing techniques.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LOOK AT THE SUN WITHOUT PROPER EQUIPMENT.  

We will also have FREE presentations in the Science Dome on planetary transits at 7 am, 8 am, 9 am and noon.  Reserve Seats – unreserved seats are first come first served.