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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.

Laser Show: Led Zeppelin

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 12, 2018 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Listening and watch your favorite tunes as they dance to a vivid array of lights and lasers in the Golden Pond Planetarium. $8 per seat.

Laser Show: Laser Vinyl

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 12, 2018 - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Listening and watch your favorite tunes as they dance to a vivid array of lights and lasers in the Golden Pond Planetarium. $8 per seat.

Laser Show: Laser Beatles

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 19, 2018 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Listening and watch your favorite tunes as they dance to a vivid array of lights and lasers in the Golden Pond Planetarium. $8 per seat.

Laser Show: Laser Country

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 19, 2018 - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Listening and watch your favorite tunes as they dance to a vivid array of lights and lasers in the Golden Pond Planetarium. $8 per seat.

Laser Show: Laser Spirit

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 26, 2018 - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Listening and watch your favorite tunes as they dance to a vivid array of lights and lasers in the Golden Pond Planetarium. $8 per seat.

Laser Show: Laser Pop

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 26, 2018 - 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Listening and watch your favorite tunes as they dance to a vivid array of lights and lasers in the Golden Pond Planetarium. $8 per seat.

Star Party

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Dr, Golden Pond

When:  May 26, 2018 - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

Join the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers as they search the night skies for fun and interesting objects in space with telescopes. Star Parties are free programs and are also weather dependent.

Earth, Moon and Sun

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 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 each day at 3:00 p.m. except for Tuesdays and Thursdays, which are at noon. Times through May 31. Admission fees apply.

Tonight's Sky Live

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 2018 - Daily at 1:00 p.m.

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! Daily showtimes at 1:00 p.m. through May 31. Admission fees apply.

Back to the Moon for Good

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 2018 - Daily at 2:00 p.m.

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. Daily showtimes at 2:00 p.m. through May 31. Admission fees apply.

From Earth to the Universe

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 2018 - Various Times

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. Showtimes are each day at 4:00 p.m. except for Mondays and Fridays, which are at noon. Times through May 31. Admission fees apply.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 2018 - Various Times - See Details

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 Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. as well as Mondays and Fridays at 3:00 p.m. through May 31. Admission fees apply.

Firefall

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 2018 - Various Times - See Details

Contact:  1-800-LBL-7077

f 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. Showtimes are Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. as well as Mondays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m. through May 31. Admission fees apply.

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  April 4, 2018 thru May 31, 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 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. Showtimes daily at 10:00 a.m. through May 31. Admission fees apply.

Back to the Moon for Good

Where:  LBL238 Visitor Center Drive

When:  May 13, 2018 thru May 31, 2018 - Daily at 8:00 p.m.

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. Daily showtimes at 8:00 p.m. through May 31. Admission fees apply.

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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Heron
Photo by Murray Blake

This stoic heron is looking at more than just his own reflection. He is looking at the fish that will become his lunch.