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Planetarium

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With state-of-the-art projection technology and immersive surround sound, the Air Force Academy Planetarium enhances our K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outreach and cadet education. 

Planetarium Information

Free Public Shows

Shows are offered free 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. There are 110 seats with additional space for wheelchairs. No pets are allowed; however, service animals specifically trained to aid a person with a disability are welcome. Food, drinks and gum are strictly prohibited at all times.

Shows are subject to cancellation without notice due to inclement weather and cadet education. The Planetarium is closed on weekends, graduation day and Federal holidays.

  Now Playing

Monday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Dream Big: Engineering our World
Fighter Pilot
Tuesday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Superpower Dogs
Black Holes
Wednesday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Humpback Whales
Thursday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Robots
Astronaut
Friday 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Volcanoes
Great Bear Rainforest

 

Student/School Shows

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)

  • Astronaut
  • Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • Eclipses and Phases of the Moon
  • Experience the Aurora
  • Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way by ESO
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass

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

Attention teachers: For a limited time, we are offering special showings of Dream Big: Engineering Our World for your students. Bridge-building kits and transportation scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis during this promotion. For more information, call Judy Cara at (719) 333-3361.


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 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 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. Foreign national visitors with a passport will need to go to the Pass & Registration Center, just outside the South Gate, to obtain a pass. 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.

DO NOT USE A GPS SYSTEM TO REACH THE PLANETARIUM SINCE IT WILL LEAD YOU TO A RESTRICTED AREA.