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Sit back, relax and watch the stars spin all around you at the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory. Housed within the Golden Pond Visitors Center at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about constellations and galaxies. You’ll find yourself lost in a magical scene where the night sky comes to life. It’s an educational treat for the whole family!

The Planetarium

You’ll never look at a starry sky quite the same way after viewing it under Golden Pond’s 40-foot domed screen. During each of the Planetarium’s educational programs, a Konica Minolta Mediaglobe II digital system projects images of stars and planets above you as 360-degree angles bring it all to life. The facility’s technology also recreates the night sky from anywhere in the world, providing a glimpse of the galaxy unhindered by pollution or cloud cover.

Featured Programs

At the Golden Pond Planetarium, you’ll be captivated by state-of-the-art presentations such as “Wildest Weather in the Solar System,” “Little Star That Could” and “From Earth to the Universe.” The planetarium also offers “Tonight’s Sky Live,” a live program that invites audiences to marvel at the stars, planets and constellations in the sky on the evening of the presentation. Or, if you’re looking for a program that offers shear entertainment, then take your family to a laser light show set to popular tunes of various musical artists. From your theater seat, you can  watch lights dance to music across the dome. Most of the planetarium’s programs last about 40 minutes.

The Observatory

You can gain a closer look at the universe through the Golden Pond Observatory’s computerized Meade 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope. You’ll be amazed at what you find! Or, during the summer, attend Observatory Star Parties and gaze through smaller telescopes with friends. The facility is open on select Saturdays, and its activities are weather-dependent.

General Admission

Admittance costs $6 for ages 13 and up and $3.50 for ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. All seats for laser light shows are $8, and special events may cost more.

Don’t waste a minute! Check out Golden Pond’s schedule of planetarium events and mark them on your calendar. Start exploring the world above you!

For more information on show times or discount group rates, call (270) 924-2020.

The Planetarium

SEASON  Year-round except Thanksgiving.  Closed December 24-25 and January 1.  Call for details.
HOURS  Varies with several shows daily.  See our Events Calendar for details.
ADMISSION  Daytime Shows:  $6.00 Ages 13 & Up; $3.50 for ages 5-12.  Evening Shows are $8 for all ages
GPS  N 36 46' 38.41" / W 88 03' 53.75"  {Map It!}
LOCATION  At the Visitor Center

Planetarium Show Dates & Times

Note:  Dates and times are subject to change.  Call 1-800-LBL-7077 for more information.

Earth, Moon and Sun

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - various

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

The entire family will enjoy discovering the secrets about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about how these three celestial objects interact. Learn why the Sun rises and sets. How are moon phases different from an eclipse? If the moon orbits the Earth, why do we always see the same side? This full-dome presentation also explores past and future space travel to our moon and beyond.

This show can be seen on Mon, Wed and Fri at 12:00 p.m. and Tue, Thur, 2:00 p.m.

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - Daily 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

Children and adults will enjoy this animated laser show where Aesop the owl will lead you on a light-hearted look at the Greek mythology associated with some of the constellations. This includes the stories behind the mighty warrior Perseus, the beautiful princess Andromeda, Cetus, the terrible sea monster, Scorpio the scorpion, and Orion the hunter. A non-laser full-dome version of this show is also available.

Firefall

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - various

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

If you have ever enjoyed a meteor shower or made a wish upon a "shooting star", you will enjoy this full dome presentation. All aspects of meteor showers are explored. Where they come from, what they are made of, past impact evidence, and possible future impact predictions may surprise you.

This show can be seen on Saturday's and Sundays from 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:00.

Tonight's Sky Live

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - Daily at 1:00 p.m.

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

Somewhere along the line, planetariums became cool shaped movie theaters and the technology got ahead of the message. You are invited to quietly relax under a canopy of stars that represent tonight's sky. As you do, our knowledgeable and entertaining staff will personally lead you on a tour of planets, constellations, and special celestial events. This live presentation is recommended for ages 6 and above.

From Earth to the Universe

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - Mon-Fri 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

Enjoy the many beautiful full-dome images of our universe on this virtual space tour as seen from the eyes of the world's largest telescopes including the Hubble Space Telescope. Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and see impressive images from today's giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

This show can be seen Monday-Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - various

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

Each member of your family can tag along with two teenagers to a Star Party where they learn how the telescope has helped us understand space and how telescopes expand our understanding of the Universe. While looking through the astronomer's telescope we explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and galaxies. A great full-dome show for those who may be considering a telescope purchase.

This show can be seen on Saturday and Sunday at 4:00, and Tuesday/Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

Laser Light Show Programs

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - various

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

There are many special laser light shows available each month at the Golden Pond Planetarium. The cost per seat for laser light shows is $8. Show themes include classic rock such as the Beatles, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd. Totality, Laseropolis and Summer Star Party are just a few of the exciting laser light programs offered. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - Daily 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

Teens, adults, and even children can appreciate this full-dome presentation from National Geographic. Join us aboard the imaginary space ship Erion as you journey through our solar system looking for the planet with the wildest weather. Witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system! Once enlightened, you will most assuredly be thankful that we live on Earth!

This show is presented at 12 p.m. on Sat, Sun, Tue and Thur. On Mon, Wed, and Fri it begins at 4 p.m.

Back to the Moon For Good

Where:  Golden Pond36.7777306,-88.065122

When:  July 31, 2018 thru August 31, 2018 - various

Contact:  (270) 924-2243

Your family will enjoy this full-dome presentation narrated by Tim Allen. Right now there is a new space race going on as teams of young scientists all around the globe compete for 30 million dollars in prize money offered by Google to see who will be the first private organization to land a rover on the moon in 2018. Not since the Apollo missions 40 years ago has there been this much lunar exploration.

This show can be seen on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 a.m. and Tue, Thur, Sat and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

Experience Land Between The Lakes

The Planetarium should be on your list of things to do when visiting Land Between The Lakes.  There are many other things to do and places to see when vacationing at LBL.  You might decide a multiple-day trip is needed to take in all the attractions.  If so, check out these lodging options located just outside Land Between The Lakes.

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