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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 $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. All seats for laser light shows are $7, 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 24-26 and January 1.
HOURS  Varies with several shows daily.  See our Events Calendar for details.
ADMISSION  Daytime Shows:  $5.00 Ages 13 & Up; $3 for ages 5-12.  Evening Shows are $7 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.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Back to the Moon for Good

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are Saturdays and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00 noon. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Earth, Moon & Sun

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - Daily - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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. Laugh out loud as Coyote attempts to explain how the moon and sun always appear to astound us with their celestial antics. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 noon. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: From Earth to the Universe

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - Daily - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Please come and enjoying the many beautiful full-dome images of our universe on this virtual space tour as seen from the eyes of the worlds 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. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 noon; Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Tonight's Sky Live*

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Daily

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are 1:00 p.m. daily. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: TOTALITY

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. Daily

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

From lunar to total solar eclipses TOTALITY will show you how eclipses occur and what to expect when they happen. This Bays Mountain production takes a look back at eclipses of the past and forward to eclipses of the future and where you can see them. With a variety of spectacular space environments you will see what happens when you get caught in the shadow of the Moon as the Sun plunges into a total Solar eclipse. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are 2:00 p.m. daily. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Little Star That Could

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - Tues. & Thurs. at 11:00 a.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Children love a good underdog story. This full-dome presentation is about the newest baby star in the sky - Little Star. He quickly discovers he is just an average star, but he yearns to become special and have planets of his own. Along the way in his quest, he meets other stars and learns what makes each star special. He also discovers much about planets and what it takes to lead a solar system. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are 10:00 a.m. daily. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Firefall

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - Tues. and Thurs. at 4:00 pm

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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 in vivid detail. Where meteors come from, what they are made of, past impact evidence, and possible future impact predictions may surprise you. Comets and asteroids are also discussed making this show about anything that could fall on your head! View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond, KY 42211

When:  June 1, 2017 thru August 31, 2017 - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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. Laugh out loud as Coyote attempts to explain how the moon and sun always appear to astound us with their celestial antics. View a complete listing of all Golden Pond Planetarium Shows (PDF).

Showtimes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Admission fees apply. See the aforementioned link for details.

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