Coming Attractions at the Faulkner Planetarium

Coming to the Faulkner Planetarium

“Black Hole: First Picture” (w/ live sky tour)

Black Hole First Picture, produced by Cosm Studios in partnership with Radboud University and ESO, details the effort to create the very first picture of a black hole.  For years, the Event Horizon Telescope, a globe-spanning network of radio telescopes with an unrivaled sharpness of vision, has been staring into the hearts of the Milky Way and galaxy Messier 87, gathering the data to construct the first images of the shadows of Sagittarius A* (our galaxy's central supermassive black hole), and the black hole M87*.  Two young astronomers on the EHT team travel to remote locations to take part in this historic scientific mission to see what has never been seen: the warped spacetime surrounding a black hole.

A live sky tour follows the program, featuring constellations, planets, the moon and other items of interest currently visible in the sky, with tips for finding your way around in the heavens on the next clear night, and stories about the stars.

Opening Tuesday, March 21st

“Deep Sky” (w/ live sky tour)

The starry sky is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes we can see from Earth.  Thousands of stars dotting the sky above our heads provoke that feeling of infinity and at the same time smallness.  Humans have felt this since we first turned our eyes up to the sky.

But what lies beyond?  If we were able to look farther and farther away and to study this black background of the night, what would we see?

Over the past decades large telescopes and observatories in space have spied the black background of the night and have unearthed a fascinating, dynamic and complex universe…Hundreds, thousands of astronomical objects that were hidden from our view have filled our eyes with an explosion of colors, shapes and unimaginable dimensions.

This modern image of our universe deserves to be told and known by the public.  Come with us and discover our own Deep Sky.

A live sky tour follows the program, featuring constellations, planets, the moon and other items of interest currently visible in the sky, with tips for finding your way around in the heavens on the next clear night, and stories about the stars.

Coming in 2023