May, June, and July • 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!

Star Party at West Regional Library

June 11 • 8pm-10pm • West Regional Library • FREE

Join us for a Star Party as we celebrate "A Universe of Stories" at the new West Regional Library! Weather permitting, the Planetarium will set up telescopes as the Library celebrates its grand opening. There will be music, light refreshments, space-themed video gaming, and more, all with the Moon, Jupiter, and other celestial objects overhead. For more information, call West Regional Library at 337-232-9321.

World of the Moon

June 19 • 10am • Moss Bluff Library • FREE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landings by learning about the moon and the Apollo program at Moss Bluff Library, a branch of the Calcasieu Parish Public LIbrary System. Best for ages 5 to adult.

World of the Moon

June 19 • 2pm • Sulphur Regional Library • FREE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landings by learning about the moon and the Apollo program at Moss Bluff Library, a branch of the Calcasieu Parish Public LIbrary System. Best for ages 8-12.

Library Storytimes in the Planetarium

June 27 and July 25 • 1:30pm • Planetarium • FREE

The Museum will partner with Lafayette Public Library to present two special Storytimes under the planetarium dome and in a Museum classroom. Begin your child's literacy education early with a star-studded lineup of storytelling, music, fingerplays and other educational activities. Because of limited seating, participants must sign-up in advance at the Main Library. For children ages 3-6 and their adults.

*CANCELLED* On the Moon Again - Artwalk Astronomy

July 13 • 6pm-9pm • Parc Sans Souci • FREE

"On the Moon Again" is a celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Thousands of public telescopes around the world will be pointed at the moon during the weekend's 48-hour period. Weather permitting, you can see Earth's closest neighbor through our telescope during ArtWalk!

Planetarium Marathon

July 16, 17, 18 • 9:30am-4pm • Planetarium • FREE with Museum Admission

Explore the Universe with seven planetarium programs a day for three days in a row, and the only programs that will repeat are our regular 4 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! See our calendar for a complete schedule and program descriptions.


July 20 • All Day • Lafayette Science Museum & Planetarium • FREE with Museum Admission

It's the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first piloted landing on the moon! In addition to our regular schedule of planetarium programs, we'll have special classroom presentations about Apollo and the moon, a web-based "realtime" replay of the Apollo 11 landing, giveaways of a model Lunar Module and model Command & Service Module that were 3D printed here at the Museum, the Apollo mini-exhibit "Race to the Moon," and (weather permitting) a star party at Picard Park in the evening!

Realtime Apollo Landing • 10:30am, 2:50pm, 3:35pm • Auditorium
Hear a 15-minute replay of the Apollo 11 descent to landing, with information that tells who is speaking and how the Lunar Module "Eagle" is aimed, all synchronized to actual video looking out the lander's windows. The 2:50pm session will be timed so that as "Eagle" touches down, it will be 50 years to the minute since the real thing happened!

Planetarium Programs • 11:15am, 1:30pm, 2:45pm, 4pm • Planetarium
See calendar for programs and descriptions.

World of the Moon • 1pm • Auditorium
Discover what the moon is like and how Apollo astronauts got there! Best for ages 6 and up.

Apollo 3D-printed Model Giveaway • 4:45pm • Auditorium
Two lucky Museum visitors will win models of a Lunar Module or a Command Module that were 3D printed right here at the Museum. Sign up to be eligible any time during your visit on the Museum on this date. Need not be present to win.

Apollo Star Party • 9pm-10pm • Picard Park
See details below.

Apollo-Palooza Star Party

July 20 • 9pm-10pm • Picard Park • FREE

If it's a clear evening, we'll set up telescopes near the parking lot at Picard Park for public observing of Jupiter, Saturn, and more! Because of mosquitoes, wearing long pants, long sleeves, socks and closed-toe shoes is highly recommended. Don't forget your bug spray! No alcohol or controlled substances, please, and use only flashlights that give off red light. Enter from Rue Fosse, telescopes will be near ball fields and basketball courts.

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.