August, September and October • Astronomy Activities


ArtWalk Astronomy

Saturday, November 9 • 6pm-8pm • Parc Sans Souci • FREE

Look for the planetarium's telescope during ArtWalk! Weather permitting, we'll look at the nearly full moon. All ages welcome!

Transit of Mercury

Monday, November 11 • 6:35am - 12:05pm • • FREE

The last transit of Mercury until 2032 will happen on November 11 as Mercury passes directly between Earth and the sun. It will look like a tiny black spot moving slowly across the sun's disk from just after sunrise until minutes after noon. Weather permitting, we will stream the event live from our new observatory so anyone can follow it from home, work or school. In case of clouds, we will provide links on our website to other public observatories streaming the event. Remember: Never look directly at the sun!

Christmas with The Boss: Keith Frank

December 6 • 6 pm to 9 pm • Parc International • FREE

Weather permitting, look for the planetarium's telescope near the Parc International entrance on Polk Street for a nice view of the moon during a Christmas concert with The Boss: Keith Frank. There will be a Christmas Tree lighting too! All ages welcome! FREE!

How to Use a Telescope for Astronomy

Saturday, February 1 • 2 pm to 4 pm & 7 pm to 8 pm • Lafayette Science Museum • $5 + regular museum entry

Discover what can be found in the current sky, acquire many helpful viewing tips and use your telescope in an outdoor observing session (weather permitting). Plan to attend both sessions from 2-4pm at Lafayette Science Museum and 7-8pm at Acadiana Park. Bring your assembled telescope, and be sure to dress appropriately for evening temperatures. If your telescope is driven by a computer, plan to attend the computer pre-session at Lafayette Science Museum.

Computer Pre-Session: 1 pm - 1:30 pm (LSM Classroom)
Classroom Session: 2 pm - 4 pm (LSM Classroom)
Outdoor Observation Session: 7 pm - 8 pm (Acadiana Park)

For ages 10 -- adult, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The fee for the class is $5 per telescope (more than one family member can attend), which is due at registration. And regular museum entry fee for each person on the day of the class. Register by January 28 at the LSM front desk or by calling 337-291-5544.

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.

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