August, September and October • Astronomy Activities


Lunchtime Sidewalk Astronomy

Every clear Wednesday • 12pm-1pm • Lafayette Science Museum • 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!

Archaeoastronomy for Archaeology Day and Month

Every Saturday and Sunday in October • 1:30pm • Planetarium • FREE with Museum Admission

October is Louisiana Archaeology Month and October 19 is International Archaeology Day. Celebrate both by attending the planetarium program "Stonehenge" (archaeoastronomy is the study of ancient astronomy and sky mythology). Best for ages 8-adult.

International Observe the Moon Night at Hilliard University Art Museum Play Day

October 5 • 7:30 pm to 10 pm • HIlliard Universerty Art Museum • FREE

Join the Lafayette Science Museum and the Hilliard University Art Museum to enjoy not only Play Day but also International Observe the Moon Night. Weather permitting, that evening we'll have telescopes out for public viewing of the Moon along with other moon-related activities. ThePlay Day is scheduled from 4-8 pm but the telescope viewing will begin at 7:30 pm and continue until 10 pm.

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.