“Exploring The Night Sky”
An introduction to the world of
astronomy and stargazing will be our topic.
We will demonstrate the basic use of a telescope and
other optical instruments for observing the night sky.
After the program we will observe through the
planetarium’s large telescope (weather permitting).
“The Mars Invasion”
The red planet Mars will appear in the
skies over Tidewater during the next several months.
Our planet Earth passes Mars this coming April at a close distance of only 54.7 million miles.
It will be the best time to view Mars since its last
close approach to Earth in 2007, and it will appear as bright
as the brilliant star Sirius at a magnitude of -1.5 .
View the wonders of the night sky while
listening to stereophonic music in the planetarium star
of classical and pop music will be played on the
planetarium’s powerful sound system while cosmic visuals
dance before your eyes.
This program allows your imagination to wander among
“Night of the Red Moon”
Tidewater residents will have a rare
opportunity to view the Moon turning red this month.
On the evening or April 14th into the
night of the 15th, the Moon will slide into the
Earth’s shadow. It
will be the first of four total lunar eclipses visible over
the area this year and next.
Our program will demonstrate how eclipses occur and
why they are so interesting to observe.
“Aliens Among the Stars”
The night sky contains billions of sun
with planets. What
is the possibility that only our Sun supports life? We will
explore the probability and possibility that life on Earth
is not unique and that many other life forms could exist
among our star neighbors.
“The Mystery of Stonehenge”
Examine a strange ring of giant rocks
built almost 4,000 years ago by a tribe of barbarians.
Some believe it was a pagan temple and others believe
it was built as a Stone Age computer for the predictions of
astronomical events. This
program will examine the Stonehenge building site and
demonstrate some of the astronomical alignments of these
July & August*
“The Summer Stars”
The wonders of the summer sky will be
the topic of this program.
We will examine the summer constellations and some of
the mythology associated with these stars.
The program will also examine some of the celestial
objects in the summer sky and demonstrate the methods of
locating them with a small telescope or binoculars.
planetarium will be operating on a summer schedule. Call the
reservations number for show dates and times.
Among the eighty eight constellations
in the night sky, twelve of them are knows as the zodiac
signs. Are these
zodiac constellations any different from the others?
We will explore the night sky and show why some think
these stars may have some influence over our daily lives
while others think these stars are no different from the
billions of stars in the night.
“When Dragons Eat The Sun”
Some stargazers many years ago feared
the Sun could be devoured by dragons.
This month that fear may become a reality for ancient
the evening of October 23rd part of the Sun will
disappear over all of North America and parts of Canada.
Explore this partial solar eclipse in the planetarium
star theater this month.
“The Winter Sky”
The winter sky offers some of the
brightest stars visible from earth. The constellations of
winter are easy to identify and the mythology associated
with them offers some of the best star stories found among
the stars. Explore
the crisp clear winter night sky this month in the
planetarium star theater.
“The Christmas Star”
During the month of December the
Chesapeake Planetarium sky will be set back more than 2000
years to the date of 8 B.C.
Visitors will view the planets and stars as they were
long ago. We
will search the night sky for the story of a star that
marked the coming of the Christmas season.
We will also explore some of the astronomical
possibilities suggested for the most famous star in history.