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 Schedules

 

Weekends in September

Saturday

11:00 Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs
12:00 Mystery of the Missing Seasons
2:00 The Mars Show
3:00 Autumn Sky Tour
4:00 Laser Fun Laser Demo

Sunday

1:00 Case of the Disappearing Dinosaurs
3:00 Autumn Sky Tour
4:00 Laser Fun Laser Demo

 

 


 
 

September 8-12, 2014

NOTE:  Times and/or titles are subject to change without notice.

Monday

CLOSED

Tuesday

11:00  Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
2:00 WSKY

Wednesday

11:00 Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
1:00 WSKY

3:00 Laser Fun (15 minute musical laser show)


Thursday

11:00 Planet Patrol
2:00 Space and Beyond. (15 minute musical laser show)

Friday

12:00 Missing Seasons
2:00 - Mars
3:00 Space and Beyond. (15 minute musical laser show)

 

 


 

2014 Laser Show Schedule

February 15
6:30 Metallica
8:00 Modern Hard Rock

March 15
6:30 R. E. M.
8:00 Pink Floyd – The Best Of Echoes

April 19
6:30 The 80s
8:00 Led Zeppelin

September 13, 20, 27
7:00 The Beatles
8:00 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
9:15 Pink Floyd – The Wall
10:30 Modern Hard Rock

October 25
6:30 Halloween Rock
8:00 Metallica

Planetarium 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

Observation Nights offered by the Forsyth Astronomical Society

At SciWorks

  •  April 14, Lunar Eclipse! (CANCELLED due to Weather )
  • June 7
  • Sept. 6

At Pilot Mountain

  • Nov. 15 (Nov. 22 rain date).

**There are no rain dates for the scheduled observation nights, unless otherwise noted.**

In the event of weather restrictions, check the recording at 767-6730 beginning at 5:00pm for updates. 


Astronomy Links

Astronomy Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets



Classes

Are you interested in learning more about Astronomy?  Many classes are held at SciWorks throughout the year in our Planetarium. Please click on the below links for more information.
  • No astronomy classes are currently scheduled, but please check back soon! 

Forsyth Astronomical Society

astcCheck out what the Forsyth Astronomical Society is doing by visiting their website or liking their Facebook page.