Join us in the planetarium each week for Friday Night Lights, where you can enjoy a special evening presentation under the dome! We offer a new program each week, ranging from live shows about the local night sky to feature presentations.


Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet
Friday, April 9 at 5, 6, & 7 PM

Travel through space and time that makes you look at Earth in a whole new way! 

A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.

Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet’s interior. Journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. Visit the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Learn how scientists and engineers collaborate to help society prepare for a safer environment — and a safer future. Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth’s story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons — and how geological activity influences the course of human history.

Recommended for ages 6 years+



Planetarium Program Tickets:

  • Adult: 19 years + ($8)
  • Youth: 4 - 18 years ($8)
  • Child: 3 and under (free)

Tickets for Schiele Members are $5 pp ages 4 years & up. Member planetarium passes are not eligible for use for these evening programs.



Shows begin promptly at their scheduled time. Due to the planetarium’s dark environment, late admission or re-admission once a program begins is not permitted; please arrive early to allow time for seating. All programs are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to present the shows as listed on our website and in our events calendar, we may need to substitute shows. If you're planning to see a certain show, we recommend that you call our Admissions Desk at 704.866.6900 to confirm presentation status. All participants ages 5 years+ must wear a mask at all times.





The April Sky Tonight
Friday, April 16 at 5 & 7 PM
Discover the stars, planets, and other celestial events visible in the sky tonight. This program will give you the skills you need to find your way around the night sky. This interactive show is different every time, so sit back, relax, and see what’s up in The Sky Tonight! 

Recommended for all ages.

The April Sky Tonight - en español
Viernes 16 de abril a las 6 p.m.

Descubre las estrellas, planetas, y otros objetos celestes visibles esta noche en el cielo. Este programa enseña cómo encontrar cuerpos celestes.  


Friday, April 23 at 5, 6, & 7 PM

Join Noreen Neuron, host of the “Personal Universe” game show, as she leads us through a competition to decide which body system is the best and brightest. Will it be Scabby (the immune system), Boogie (the respiratory system) or Flatus (the digestive system)?

Laugh and learn as these animated characters explore the inner workings of the human body!

Recommended for ages 8 years+


The Cowboy Astronomer
Friday, April 30 at 5, 6, & 7 PM

The Cowboy Astronomer is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits - all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way.


Recommended for all ages


MAGELLAN: Report From Venus
Friday, May 7 at 5, 6, & 7 PM
Take a safari under the clouds of Venus to experience its scorching hot surface, explore its volcanoes and lava rivers, and scan its intriguing cratered plains — through images from the Magellan radar mapping mission.  

Recommended for all ages