Reserve a Planetarium Show
The best way to reserve a show is by calling the Planetarium director directly at (910) 672-1176 or (910) 672-1719. When calling, have the following information handy:
- The contact information of a point of contact for your group. A cell-phone number is also appreciated, especially for first-time customers, just in case.
- What time of day and day of week you prefer. Although weekends are problematic, most weekday evenings are fine. Mornings are popular with school groups and fill up quickly. Keep in mind that the Planetarium director has classes to teach, so some times might not be available.
- What type of group is coming. This is important for tailoring the show to fit your needs, and for handling logistical details. Also, if you anticipate a rambunctious group with lots of questions, let me know so I can set aside plenty of time for interaction.
- What type of show you would like. There are many different areas of astronomy, too many to fit in one planetarium show. All our shows are live, allowing for interaction with the audience, and questions are encouraged! Simply let me know what areas you want to be emphasized more:
- Constellations of the season and knowing one's way around the sky.
- Phases of the moon and how the phase affects when the moon is up.
- The solar system, including the planets, their moons, comets, and meteors.
- Calendars of different cultures and their connection to the sky.
- Space exploration.
- The lives of the stars, including supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes.
- Cosmology, which is the study of the Universe as a whole, including its structure, origin, and fate.
- Astronomy and chemistry: the stellar origin of the elements on the periodic table, and what substances are found on other planets and in nebulae.