Planetarium Programs 2013
“Exploring The Night Sky”
An introduction to the world of
astronomy and stargazing will be our topic.
We will demonstrate the basic use of a telescope and
other optical instruments for observing the night sky.
After the program we will observe through the
planetarium’s large telescope (weather permitting).
“Mysteries of the Universe”
Are we about to be swallowed up by a
giant Black Hole? Is
the Universe going to expand forever? How did space begin?
These and many other mysteries will be addressed
during the month of February.
View the wonders of the night sky while
listing to stereophonic music in the planetarium star
of classical and pop music will be played on the
planetarium’s powerful sound system while
cosmic visuals dance before your eyes.
This program allows your imagination to wander among
“The Stars of Spring”
The change of seasons brings new
constellations into view.
As the Earth orbits the Sun we observe different
stars throughout the year. In
the spring night sky we notice the bright winter stars
setting in the western sunset while other bright stars are
noticed rising in the east.
We will explore the reasons for the seasonal changes
in the sky.
“Solar System Tour”
Go back almost five billion years to
the birth of the sun and planets.
Review the scientific theory for the beginning of our
solar system. We
will explore new discoveries among our planets and moons
made by astronomers and
robotic space probes.
“The Mystery of Stonehenge”
Examine a strange ring of giant rocks
built almost 4,000 years ago by a tribe of barbarians.
Some believe it was a pagan temple and others believe
it was built as a Stone Age computer for the predictions of
astronomical events. This
program will examine the Stonehenge building site and
demonstrate some of the astronomical alignments of these
July & August*
“The Summer Stars”
The wonders of the summer sky will be
the topic of this program.
We will examine the summer constellations and some of
the mythology associated with these stars.
The program will also examine some of the celestial
objects in the summer sky and demonstrate the methods of
locating them with a small telescope or binoculars.
planetarium will be operating on a summer schedule. Call the
reservations number for show dates and times.
“50 Years of Stargazing”
The Chesapeake Planetarium will be
celebrating “50 Years of Stargazing” in 2013.
For 50 years the planetarium has offered the citizens
and students of Tidewater programs on the night sky.
We will explore the history of the planetarium and
the history of space exploration.
The planetarium will demonstrate the events and
changes in the Chesapeake sky over the half century.
“Day of the Black Sun”
One of the most spectacular sights in
the sky is a total solar eclipse.
As the Moon orbits the Earth it sometimes passes
directly in front of the Sun producing a solar eclipse. On
November 3rd an unusual solar eclipse will occur
between South America and Africa, called a hybrid solar
we will see only a partial view this eclipse in North America, it is
worth viewing and understanding such an unusual celestial event.
Photographs and videos from other solar eclipses will
“The Winter Sky”
The winter sky offers some of the
brightest stars visible from earth. The constellations of
winter are easy to identify and the mythology associated
with them offers some of the best star stories found among
the stars. Explore
the crisp clear winter night sky this month in the
planetarium star theater.
“The Christmas Star”
During the month of December the
Chesapeake Planetarium sky will be set back more than 2000
years to the date of 8 B.C.
Visitors will view the planets and stars as they were
long ago. We
will search the night sky for the story of a star that
marked the coming of the Christmas season.
We will also explore some of the astronomical
possibilities suggested for the most famous star in history.