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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.

Upcoming Events

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Come, Sit, Stay! Join the Superpower Dogs Pack!

Superpower Dogs will arrive at our Planetarium on Friday, November 29, with free shows at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Reservations for these special showings can be made here. In this inspiring true story, narrated by Chris Evans, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. As we discover the incredible abilities of dogs and the astonishing science behind their superpowers, we’ll never look at our best friends the same way again!

Complimentary holiday showings of Superpower Dogs (with no reservations required) will take place at 3 p.m. on December 6, 13 and 20, and at 10 a.m. on December 23, 24, 26, 27 and 30. In January, this show will be incorporated into our regular, Monday-Friday schedule of public shows.


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USAFA Astronaut Adventures

November 26, 2019, Arrive at 9:15 a.m.- Depart at 12:30 P.M
The myths and realities of astronaut life! What is space travel really like? What skills do I need to become an astronaut?

Welcoming Remarks 9:30 a.m.; The U.S. Air Force Academy and Northrup Grumman staff will join in Arnold Hall. All participants will then rotate between three different sessions:

Planetarium Show Colonel Nick Hague, a USAFA graduate, is back from his mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Come to enjoy his ISS video as well as the full dome show, “Astronaut,” which takes you from Earth into space…and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the ISS, to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body.

Astronaut Anecdotes Join Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Duane G. “Digger” Carey to hear about his adventures in space and discover the realities of being an astronaut. Bring your questions, too!

“More Than Just Tang!” The USAFA Chemistry Department demonstrations dispel myths about freeze dried food, reveal the realities of space suit technology, and demonstrate the chemical engineering behind launching astronauts into space.

There are no more reservations available for this event. Check back soon for more show opportunities.

Astronaut Adventures is made possible by a generous grant from Northrop Grumman


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)

Attention Schoolteachers
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. Call Judy Cara at (719) 333-3361 to set up your field trip.

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

* Please note: If you plan to visit the Planetarium on Friday, August 9, please allow extra time to arrive and depart the base. The U.S. Air Force Academy is hosting the 2019 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championship, which will adversely impact traffic conditions.

Recent Past Events

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2019 Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival

The U.S. Air Force Academy’s Planetarium was excited to participate in this year’s Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival with three separate events:
Both Night Sky Safari shows were sold out! Audiences joined our professional astronomer, Dr. Dan Polsgrove, on a stunning tour of the planets, stars, constellations, and other intriguing astronomical phenomena visible in the autumn night sky over Colorado.

A sold-out audience enjoyed watching Dream Big: Engineering Our World to celebrate the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and to learn how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.


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.