Astronomy Activities

Telescope at Downtown Alive!

May 11 • 5:00pm – 7:30pm • FREE

Weather permitting, watch for the planetarium telescope during Downtown Alive in Parc International! We’ll set up near the Children’s Museum of Acadiana to do some safe viewing of the sun as well as trying for Venus in daylight.

Lunchtime Sidewalk Astronomy

Every Wednesday, June–August • 12 Noon • FREE

Watch for one of the planetarium’s telescopes by the Museum at the corner of Jefferson and Congress Streets. See a safely filtered view of the sun and any sunspots that day!

ArtWalk Sidewalk Astronomy

July 14 • 6pm – 9pm • Lafayette Science Museum

Look for the planetarium’s telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, during daylight and twilight we’ll look for the thin crescent moon, Venus, and Jupiter. Will we be able to find Mercury in daylight? We’ll find out!

Planetarium Marathon


Enjoy seven planetarium programs a day for three days in a row! And the only programs that will repeat are our regular 4:00 p.m. ‘Sky Tonight’ programs! Some programs will be designed for children while most will be for the general public. Topics include constellations, telescopes, planets, stars, galaxies, space flight, and more – pick your preference or see ‘em all!



July 20 • 8pm – 10pm • Parc International

Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2003 on July 31! No, it won’t look as big as the moon, but it will be bright and easy to see in a telescope. As will Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn – with a slim chance of seeing Mercury as we start. So, we’re making an evening of it!

Also, Central Pizza will be on hand with pizza by the slice available for purchase.

Globe at Night — at Home!

Globe at Night is a worldwide study of light pollution and its effect on the night sky. By making and reporting simple observations of well-known constellations from your home, you can provide some of the data scientists need. For more information and to download a Family Activity Packet suitable for families and school classes, go to the Globe at Night web site at

The Telescope Line and Facebook

To find out if a telescope viewing has been cancelled due to bad weather, call 337-291-5544 during Museum hours. Cancellations will also be announced on the Lafayette Science Museum Facebook page.