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!

 

Family Science Night!

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

  • November 20, 5:30 – 7 pm
  • FREE hands on science activities for kids of all ages!
    • Taste to Waste! – Act out what happens to your food!
    • No Stain No Gain! – A messy Experiment!
    • Bend Light!
    • Science in Motion – Hands-on centrifugal force
    • Goldilocks & How Many Bears? – Experiment with buoyancy
    • Drop It Like It’s Hot – Explore air resistance
  • Followed at 7 pm by the Science Dome’s Friday night all ages show –  From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA.

Wild Weather! A New Children’s Show.

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Wild Weather is our newest children’s show.  It is specifically designed with our youngest audience members in mind (ages 3-8).  We encourage kids to explore weather with hands on activities and demonstrations. 

Travel around the solar system in search of wild weather! What is rain made of on Venus? Does it snow on Pluto? Join us as we find out!

Wild Weather starts Saturday November 7 and runs Saturdays at 12:30 and 2 pm through the first part of the new year.  Please see our schedule for details as we have some breaks for the holidays.

Cost: $6 for children 3-8, All others are free!

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Changes coming November 1, 2015!

As of November 1, 2015 we will be using the same ticketing service (Vendini) as all other Pierce College events.  So if you have been buying or reserving tickets online this will be new but hopefully convenient for you. Just clicking  the button below will take you to the site to select and purchase tickets.

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Along with this new ticketing service comes price changes.  Good news is that there will no longer be any additional fees for reserving tickets online!!

Pricing structure:

  • All ages shows – $6 general admission – ages 3 and up.
  • Children’s shows – $6 ages 3-8, all other ages are free
  • Pierce College Students are free with ID
  • Free events – still free!

We are also hoping to offer year long family and individual memberships for frequent customers soon.  More details on that will come later!

Haunted Night Sky – this October!

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A Children’s Show: Haunted Night Sky!

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.  Best for children 3-12 years old.  Cost $3 per child.  Adults free.  Approximately 45 minutes. Every Saturday in October at 12:30 pm AND 2 pm.

Get tickets through the third party Eventbrite for a small fee.  Tickets are also sold at the door with no extra fees.
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Plutopalooza!!!

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  • Saturday August 8th, noon – 4 pm
  • Hands-on Astronomy Activities
  • Planetarium Presentations
  • Everything you knew about Pluto and more!!

The New Horizons spacecraft is finishing an almost decade long journey out to the dwarf planet Pluto. This historic mission will make its closest approach to Pluto on July 14th and send back the only detailed pictures of Pluto and its moons ever taken!  We will be presenting the latest from the New Horizons mission on the enigma that is Pluto!

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