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

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.

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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.

Our Sun Is A Star!

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Did you know the sun is a star? Have you ever wondered what stars are made of? Why are stars different colors? Come learn all about stars in this new children’s show! This interactive show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-8.  You can expect to get up out of your seat and get moving!

Saturdays this spring at 12:30 and 2 pm.  $6 per child.  Adults free!

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Ready Jet Go!

Join us for a free event as we team up with KBTC to launch the new PBS KIDS series, Ready Jet Go!

Sunday January 31, 2016

  • 10 – 11 am Ready Jet Go Screening  and Amazing Aurora live planetarium show
  • 11-11:30 am Hands-on science activities
  • 12:00 pm – 1 pm Ready Jet Go Screening and Amazing Aurora live planetarium show
  • 1:00-1:30 Hands-on science activities

Reserve your seats now!

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Ready Jet Go! is a series that follows three neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts; Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination; and their 4-year old neighbor Mindy, who has lots of questions about space.  They befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together, they explore the solar system, learning about friendship and teamwork along the way.

Ready Jet Go! is designed to build on children’s curiosity about science, technology and astronomy.  The series features fun stories that help kids learn a variety of Earth science concepts – such as gravity, sound waves, and force – and demonstrates technology such as telescopes, the Mars rovers and robots.  At the heart of every episode is a basic, kid-friendly question about our solar system, our galaxy and the universe, In the show, the characters often use the scientific method to find the answers to their questions.

 

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Amazing Aurora is a live and interactive planetarium show.  Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? Find out why these swirling lights appear in our night sky and visit other places in the solar system where they can be found!