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The sky's the limit at the U.S. Air Force Academy's

Planetarium

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After many years of being closed, the newly renovated Planetarium opened to the public on March 4, 2019.

With state-of-the-art projection technology and immersive surround sound, this venue will enhance our K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outreach and explore the Universe and life on Earth.

Planetarium Information

All shows are free to the public. Food, drinks and gum are strictly prohibited in the planetarium at all times. There are 110 seats with additional space for wheelchairs. No pets are allowed. Service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. The Planetarium is closed on weekends, U.S. Air Force Academy graduation day, and Federal holidays.

Student Shows (School Visits)

Elementary, Middle and High Schools may reserve shows for their students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Shows are typically followed by a 30 minute interactive presentation with a professional astronomer. When requesting a school visit, teachers may select from one of the following shows for their students: (see video descriptions below)

  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • Eclipses and Phases of the Moon
  • Experience the Aurora
  • IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
  • Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way by ESO
  • Robot Explorers
  • The Future of Human Space Exploration by NASA
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass

To book a school visit, click here. For questions, email planetarium@usafa.edu

Public Shows

Shows are offered to the public, Monday-Friday, at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are required. These shows are available on a first come, first served basis. Shows are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and cadet education.

Day Time Show
Monday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Robots
Dream Big: Engineering our World
Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Experience the Aurora
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Wednesday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Black Holes
Fighter Pilot
Thursday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Search for the Edge of the Solar System
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Friday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Robot Explorers
Humpback Whales
Past Events

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Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate the first lunar landing on July 20, 2019 the Planetarium played the critically acclaimed Apollo 11: First Steps Edition – a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the moon. The filmmakers reconstruct the exhilarating final moments of preparation, liftoff, landing and return of this historic mission.

This film will continue to show Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm.


Contact Us

Judy Cara
Project Manager
U.S. Air Force Academy
2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 3100
USAFA, CO 80840-5002

(719) 333-3361
planetarium@usafa.edu

Directions

To reach the Planetarium, leave Interstate 25 at exit 156 and enter the U.S. Air Force Academy through the North Gate, which is open to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. You will need your driver’s license or military ID and proof of vehicle insurance to enter the base. Please be prepared for potential security measures such as vehicle inspections. For more information, click here.
Once on base, continue driving straight on Academy Drive for 4 miles and then turn left to park in the visitor lot for Arnold Hall and the Cadet Chapel. For an interactive campus map, click here. To the north of the visitor parking, there’s a building with a white dome – that’s the Planetarium! Please follow the steps to the front door or use the winding path to the left of the steps for handicapped access.