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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.

Special Upcoming Events

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Lunar Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration

To celebrate the first lunar landing on July 20, 2019 the Planetarium will be playing 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 be shown twice on July 20 at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm.  And at 2:17 pm—the exact moment the lunar landing occurred, the National Anthem will be sung on the planetarium steps by MSgt Julie Bradley, a vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band.
Registration is closed, both shows have reached capacity.


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60 Minutes to Infinity: A Tour of the Cosmos

Which stars and planets are visible in the sky tonight? Join astronomer, Dr. Dan Polsgrove, for a stunning journey through the cosmos, exploring galaxies, nebulae, and our own neighborhood, the Solar System.

This show will premiere in the Planetarium on August 21 with two offerings at 9:30 am and 10:45 am. Reservations are required but there is no cost for your ticket to this exciting show. Register here


Planetarium Info

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
Recent Events
Endowment Show
Planetarium Grand Opening 3/2/19

On April 6, the United States Air Force Academy Endowment celebrated the re-opening of the planetarium by recognizing the donors who so generously provided funding for the renovations.


Planetarium’s Grand Opening

On March 4, 2019, 2,500 people celebrated our grand opening with a show by Steve Spangler in Arnold Hall. Steve Spangler may be best known for teaching millions of people how to turn an ordinary bottle of soda and a roll of Mentos into an erupting geyser of fun. Steve is a regular guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where he recently celebrated his 20th appearance. From sparks of electricity to exploding bubbles and giant rings of smoke, this show was perfect for the entire family. It was hands-on…filled with laughs…and so much fun.


Lunar Eclipse

On January 20, 2019, we offered a special opportunity for local residents to ooh and ahh at the night sky with a showing of the film “Eclipses and Phases of the Moon” in the Planetarium followed by viewing the eerie red total lunar eclipse through telescopes. We were thrilled to host about 850 people for the planetarium show that night and many more chatted with our observatory director while viewing the eclipse.

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. Food, drinks and gum are strictly prohibited at all times inside the planetarium.