Now Showing in the JLP

Currently Showing in the JLP 

Tickets: $5 for all visitors, plus museum admission.  Children 3 and younger admitted free.

All programs are subject to change. While we make every effort to present the shows as listed on our website and in our activities calendar, equipment issues may prevent their presentation and we may be forced to substitute shows. If you're planning to see a certain show, we recommend that you call our Reception Desk at 704.866.6908 to confirm presentation status. We apologize in advance for any problems our substitution policy may present.



Earth, Moon & Sun
Monday - Saturday: 11 AM

Discover the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors in space. Learn why the Sun rises and sets, see how Earth’s rotation and tilt impact our climate and seasons, and explore the Moon’s orbit, craters and phases. 


We are Aliens
Daily at 2 PM & 4 PM

Explore how our understanding of life on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe. Visit Mars, Europa, and distant Exoplanets to help answer the ultimate question… are we alone? An immersive experience that perfectly balances science, education, and family entertainment. Free Tuesdays 6 PM (standard fees apply)


The Sky Tonight!
Monday - Saturday 12 & 3 PM
Sunday at 3 PM


Lie back under the planetarium’s clear sky as we discover the stars, planets, and other celestial events visible from your backyard. Whether you are looking for the North Star and Big Dipper or seeking distant pulsars and galaxies, we will arm you with the tools necessary to find your way in the sky and discover the wonders that await. This live show is different every time, so stop back to see what’s up in The Sky Tonight! Free Tuesdays 7 PM (standard fees apply)


James H. Lynn Planetarium Special Program:

Our Carolina Sky

First Friday of each month

(online tickets here)

The night sky above the Carolinas is constantly changing; have you ever wondered what lies overhead?  Join us the first Friday of each month to discover how our sky has changed and to stay up-to-date with the newest space missions and discoveries. Take a live tour of the current month’s constellations and explore various topics ranging from the earliest history of astronomy to the latest advancements in the field. This new monthly program series is hosted by James H. Lynn Planetarium Director, Will Snyder.

*Programs last about an hour.