Public programs are offered on Friday evenings throughout the year at 7:30 PM (or
8:30 from May through August) and Saturday afternoons during the academic year at
1:00 PM. Admission to all public programs is $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors, and UT community members (children 3 and under are free) . All shows are first come first serve and reservations are not accepted. Doors
open 30 minutes before the show, during which time you can explore the displays in
out lobby or try to answer our fun astronomy-themed quiz projected inside the dome.
What you can expect:
- A live guided tour of the Toledo night sky
You will learn about the constellations visible from Toledo and any planets visible
to the naked eye. We also typically discuss one "hot topic" in astronomy, such as
the discovery of new planets around other stars, or the latest NASA discover on Mars.
- The full-dome presentation
Whether we are traveling inside a black hole, taking a tour of the moon with Elmo,
or learning about the skies over Toledo, you and your family will simply be amazed
at the fulldome immersive show.
- An open-ended question and answer session
Our expert host will answer all of your astronomy questions, whether they pertain
to the live tour of the night sky, the feature presentation, or any other astronomy
question that you might have.
- Observing at Brooks/Ritter Observatory
You will be escorted over to Brooks Observatory atop McMaster Hall to view the stars
and/or planets through our new 14 telescope. On the first Friday of every month, we
instead observe with the Ritter 1m (40 in) telescope. This telescope is the largest
active telescope east of the Mississippi and is still used by the astronomers at UT
for their research. All observing is weather permitting!
The planetarium portion of the program is roughly an hour long, while the observing
session will continue until everyone has had a chance to take a look through the telescope.
Summer 2017 SCHEDULE
Cosmic Color, an Adventure along the Spectrum
Fridays, May 5th through June 30th at 8:30 PM
Enjoy a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond! Discover why the sky
is blue, why Mars is red, and the reason why many things are the color that they are.
Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the
invisible universe as you investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole.
Explore the world of infrared in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been
the actual color of a dinosaur. Explore the amazing rainbow of cosmic light through
Cosmic Colors, an original production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in cooperation
with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association.
Spring 2017 SCHEDULE (January-April)
Fridays, January 13th through February 24th at 7:30 PM
Explore the outer edges of our Solar System. See results from the historic New Horizon’s
encounter with Pluto, discover the icy inhabitants of the Kuiper Belt, and learn why
astronomer think there might be a giant undiscovered planet lurking far beyond the
orbit of Pluto. Produced by the Adler Planetarium this is the Toledo debut of this
exciting new program.
Chasing the Ghost Particle
Fridays, March 3rd through April 28th at 7:30 PM
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in
the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny
and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the insides of stars and galaxies.
These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive look into exploding stars and black holes.
Join us for the Toledo debut of this fascinating program.
Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Saturdays, January 14th through February 25th at 1 PM
Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago, and wipe
out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore
this impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic new show.
This is the Toledo debut of this fun and informative children’s program.
One World, One Sky, Big Bird's Adventure
Saturdays, March 4th through April 1st at 1 PM
Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu
Zhu, a Muppet from China. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street
to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. One World, One Sky,
Big Bird’s Adventure aims to nurture a child's natural sense of wonder about the night
sky while connecting kids across nations through a common bond in learning about the
One World, One Sky, Big Bird's Adventure and Moon Adventures
Saturdays, April 15th through April 29th at 1 PM
Moon Adventure is a free hands-on educational experience following the planetarium
show, One World, One Sky: Big Birds Adventure. The event will include many moon centered
activities including making craters and exploring the “moon” with binoculars. Both
the planetarium program and the Moon Adventures are aimed at children ages four through
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children to the planetarium program. There is
no additional fee for the Pre-school Moon Adventures. Guest are asked to arrive by
no later than 12:40 PM.