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Image of the Front doors of the planetarium at the Academy.

 

The U.S. Air Force Academy Planetarium is temporarily closed to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. For the latest news, click here.

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

Science at Home

We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Planetarium and STEM Center when circumstances allow, but in the meantime we’re here to ignite wonder and curiosity from our dome to your home. Science is everywhere and can be done anywhere! While at home, we encourage you to explore the science around you with your research team (a.k.a. your family). Whether you’re in the kitchen or in the backyard, there are lots of opportunities to ask questions, make observations and test theories.

 

Free Streaming Movies

Enjoy  the following free, family-friendly films—Dinosaurs Alive!Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs and Wild Ocean. Each film comes with a downloadable education guide that includes easy, try-it-at-home activities.

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STEM Videos and Education Guides

Superpower Dogs star Henry took over the Superpower Dogs Facebook page in early April. The two-week takeover concluded with a very special Facebook Live featuring Henry and his trainer Ian from their cabin in Whistler, BC, Canada. To watch, click here.

SK Films is offering a free “Explore at Home” kit filled with science-based activities, entertaining and informative videos and full episodes of The Water Brothers. There’s something for kids of any age. To download, click here.

If you are looking for marine science education with educator guides, click here to check out Jonathan Bird’s show.

The producers of Dream Big: Engineering Our World and the American Society of Civil Engineers have released a new program called “Everyday Engineering: STEM@Home”, where they took educational activities created for Dream Big and made an “at home” version. To explore all 50 activities, click here

Planetarium Information
Free Public Shows

Under normal operating conditions, 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.

SHOWTIMES

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. For a limited time, we are offering special showings of Dream Big: Engineering Our World for your students. Bridge-building kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis during this promotion.

  • 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


Directions

To visit the Planetarium, use exit 156 off Interstate 25 and enter the U.S. Air Force Academy through the North Gate. 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 at exit 150, 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. To the north of the visitor parking, there is 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.