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Lyman Spitzer Jr Planetarium

The Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium is OPEN!

Join our Night Owl Club for monthly astronomy discussions.

When you want an immersive planetarium experience in Vermont’s only public planetarium, there are new steps to keep guests and presenters safe.

  • Fairbanks Museum members can reserve tickets by email. Reservations must be received at least 24 hours in advance of your visit and picked up at least 1/2 hour before the scheduled presentation. Not currently a member? Join online now, then reserve your plantarium tickets!
  • Fairbanks Museum members are admitted at no charge.
  • Tickets for nonmembers are $7/person.
  • You can purchase your tickets at the front desk on the day of your visit. Please check the calendar for times and availability. 
  • Purchase a private package, including a personal planetarium show for up to 14 people, plus a family membership and admission for everyone in your party for $250. 

Our planetarium offers an immersive, surrounded experience. Regularly scheduled presentations are recommended for children ages 5 and older. Once the doors are closed, guests will no longer be admitted.

Planetarium Presentations

Flying Monsters

Renown British naturalist David Attenborough explains the rise and fall of pterosaurs, mistakenly known as flying dinosaurs. He also flies a glider to show how big the Quetzalcoatlus, at the time the largest known pterosaur species, really was.

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Mysteries of the Unseen World transports you to places on this planet you've never been before, to see things that are beyond normal vision, yet are literally right in front of our eyes.  

High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that allow us to see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never knew existed. These technologies now give us “super powers” to see beyond what is in front of us. 

Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will take you to worlds that exist in the air we breathe, on own bodies, and in all of the events that occur around us minute-by-minute—and nanosecond-by-nanosecond. With this understanding comes a new appreciation of the wonder and possibilities of science.

Extreme Weather

Get closer than you've ever been to collapsing glaciers, out-of-control wildfires, and tornado-whipped debris while discovering the surprising connections among these powerful forces. About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible.

Dinosaurs of Antarctica

From the Permian through the Jurassic, journey to the south polar landscapes of Antarctica hundreds of millions of years ago. Roam the primitive forests and thick swamps with bizarre dinosaurs and colossal amphibians. Enter a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals—where survival means enduring the sunless, six-month polar winter surrounded by meat-eaters with night vision. Join intrepid Antarctic scientists on a quest to understand the ice continent’s profound transformation—and to predict the future as humans drive dramatic change. Welcome to the lost prehistoric world of Gondwana. Welcome to Antarctica.

DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA - Official Trailer from Giant Screen Films on Vimeo.

Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries

To study the vastness of space, you need extra-large equipment. Journey to three world-class observatories in Chile’s rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert—remote, extreme regions that happen to have the perfect conditions for astronomical research. Along the way, you’ll meet an inspiring cast of astronomers, engineers, technicians, and support staff who keep these mega-machines running.

Fairbanks Night Owl Club

An informal, virtual Q&A to discuss all of your questions about astronomy and space!

The Fairbanks Museum’s astronomy program is featured in the StarStuck broacast on WCAX-TV each month, with educator Bobby Farlice-Rubio leading you on a journey to the cosmos! You’ll learn about the latest explorations in space, once-in-a-lifetime astronomical occurrences, and advances in space technology.

StarStruck offers a glimpse of what is new and exciting in our understanding of the universe. But what if you want to learn more? Now you can with our monthly Night Owl Club: a virtual discussion with Bobby, answering all of your burning questions about space!

Tune in on Zoom or Facebook on the Thursday following our monthly Star Struck broadcasts (which occur on the first Monday of the month), to “talk shop” with our local astronomy guru.

Want to know more about the data coming back from the Mars Perseverance Rover? About rockets being launched from Maine? Or whether there could be life on nearby or faraway planets? Bring any questions you want to discuss about space- the sky is the limit… or is it the stars?

Use this Zoom link to log on, or find us live on Facebook 

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