Big Astronomy, a new planetarium show from the Academy.
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Discover Chile’s grand observatories and meet the people who push the limits of technology and what we know about the universe using world-class telescopes.

About the Show (Grades 3-12)

Duration: Approximately 30 minutes

It takes a team of people with diverse backgrounds, talents and skills, working under unique sky conditions, to make a world-class observatory succeed. Big Astronomy will introduce you to cutting-edge telescopes in the remote mountains of Chile and to the people who make sure these instruments operate day and night, unlocking the secrets of the universe.

Tips for Scheduling Free Seats in the Planetarium

Big Astronomy (Grades 3-12) is scheduled on most weekdays starting September 26, 2020, with a performance run likely to extend through mid-February 2021.

A total of 150 seats are available in the 11:30 am presentation during the school year (summer showtimes vary), and seats are booked on a first-come, first-served basis as field trip applications roll in.

Can't Attend the Academy to See the Show?

Big Astronomy is also exploring ways to share astronomy stories beyond the planetarium show. People of all ages can join virtual live events with the stars of the show and others working at four U.S. National Science Foundation observatories in Chile. You’ll also find behind-the-scenes footage, a variety of hands-on activities, and much more.

Visit bigastronomy.org today!

Grades: 3rd Grade - 12th Grade
Program Duration: 30 minutes
Capacity: 150
Price: Free
Time Slots: 11:30 am
Book a Field Trip

Dates through June 5, 2020, are now available.