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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.

Tonight's Sky Live

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. 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. Admission fees apply.

Firefall

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - Various Times

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! Showtimes are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Noon. Also Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Admission fees apply.

Back to the Moon for Good

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - 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. Showtimes are Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. Also Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:00 p.m. Admission fees apply.

Earth Moon & Sun

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - 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. Admission fees apply. Showtimes are Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Also showing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:00 p.m.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

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! Showtimes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Also on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday at noon. Admission fees apply.

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - Daily at 10:00 a.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Children and adults will enjoy this animated laser show where Aesop the owl will lead you on a lighthearted 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. Admission fees apply.

From Earth to the Universe

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru November 30, 2018 - Daily at 2:00 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Please come and 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. Admission fees apply.

Evening Laser Light Shows

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr

When:  October 2, 2018 thru December 22, 2018 - Various Times

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Laser lights shows at the Golden Pond Planetarium. Featuring many genres of music including retro, rock, pop, country, faith-based and so much more. Download the fall schedule here. Admission fees apply.

Experience Land Between The Lakes

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