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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: Earth, Moon & Sun

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

When:  September 1, 2017 thru November 23, 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.

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

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

When:  September 1, 2017 thru November 23, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 Daily

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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.
Ages 13 and up - $5
Ages 5-12 - $3
Ages 4 and under - Free

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Tonight's Sky Live*

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

When:  September 1, 2017 thru November 23, 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:  September 1, 2017 thru November 23, 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.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System Planetarium Show

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

When:  September 5, 2017 thru November 23, 2017 - 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 Tue/Thur

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Join National Geographic on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena on the other planets in our solar system.
From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth!
Ages 13 and up - $5
Ages 5-12 - $3
Ages 4 and under - Free

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Little Star That Could

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

When:  September 1, 2017 thru November 23, 2017 - Times vary

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.

From Earth to the Universe Planetarium Show

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

When:  September 1, 2017 thru November 23, 2017 - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

This stunning, full-dome voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science.
Viewers can revel in the splendor of the nearby worlds in our Solar System. Then go out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of galaxies.
Along the way, you will learn about the history of astronomy, invention of the telescope, and today's giant telescopes that allow us to probe even deeper into the Universe.
Ages 13 and up - $5
Ages 5-12 -$3
Ages 4 and under - Free

Golden Pond Planetarium Presents: Laser Music Shows

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

When:  September 1, 2017 thru December 16, 2017 - Tue/Fri/Sat - 5:30

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Evening Laser Music Shows September 1 -December 16
Enjoy evening laser music shows and planetarium shows throughout the fall!
Laser shows - All seats $7
Planetarium shows - $5/3 Click here for a schedule of music shows that will be offered.

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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