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Stories from Space

Stories from Space

Posted: February 1, 2019

Sunday March 3, 10:00 AM

Story Time for infants to 5 years old. Our planetarium welcomes space travelers of all ages! Science educator Mike Ressler zooms kids through the solar system as he reads space stories. This family-friendly event in our Planetarium begins with stories, followed by a space-based craft. Funded in part by ...
February Astronomy

February Astronomy

Posted: January 30, 2019

February evenings feature the great Orion, mid-way up from the southern horizon by 8 o’clock, accompanied by the brightest star in our night skies, Sirius, below and left of Orion, marking the nose of the Great Dog.  High in the south, Taurus, the Bull charges at Orion, as the Big ...
Stellar Seating

Stellar Seating

Posted: December 4, 2018

How would you like to see your name on plush, new seating in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium?

Your gift of $200 or more now through February 28 gives you a chance to place your name -- or the name of someone you want to honor -- on a fabulous chair ...
Planetarium

Planetarium

Posted: November 19, 2018

Winter hours: Shows at 12:30 PM every day, and 3:30 PM Saturdays and Sundays.

Shorter days mean more night sky and fantastic stargazing. Whether you're seasoned or just starting to explore, take a tour through the cosmoses in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium. Our live presenters guide you through the visible stars, ...
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: November 2, 2018

November's annual return to Standard Time, (on the 3rd), gives us a parting view of Saturn during the earlier evenings, inching lower in the southwest.  The Milky Way arches high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while the dazzling Capella rises higher in the northeast.  Lower in ...
New Planetarium Shows!

New Planetarium Shows!

Posted: September 17, 2018

This fall we have a roster of brand new and exciting shows in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, in addition to experiences like Rosetta, Stars and Shadows, and The New Space Race. If you plan on doing some stargazing this fall, come enjoy What's Up Tonight: Autumn Lights to learn about ...
Mark Bowen

Mark Bowen

Posted: August 29, 2018

Physicist and author Mark Bowen presents at the Fairbanks Museum on Friday, September 28, at 6:00 PM!

Author Mark Bowen will read from his recent book The Telescope In The Ice, followed by a brief Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available to purchase in our Nature Store before ...
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 28, 2018

The summer skies, like the weather, are in transition through September.  The Scorpion lowers into the southwest through the month, followed by the Teapot in Sagittarius.  Still dazzling, though low in the skies, Mars shines a pale rusty color to the lower left of the Teapot, while the fainter Saturn ...
New World Record Set!

New World Record Set!

Posted: August 13, 2018

What a day! What a party! What a tremendous event!

August 10 is a day to remember. That's when more than 1,701 people gathered on the green across the street from the Fairbanks Museum for the largest astronomy lesson ever. This extraordinary event started as an idea to do something different ...