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A winter series of public star shows has begun in the most advanced planetarium and observatory in Maine! Family programs are every Friday evening at 7 p.m., and for younger sky watchers, there are Sunday afternoon programs at 2 p.m.

Private and group showings are arrangeable, and our calendar is quickly filling with spring field trips, so be sure to plan ahead. To make reservations, call (207)-581-1341.

Don’t miss out on a rare, close clustering of heavenly bodies that can be seen in Maine backyards this February! Featured in star shows this month, planetarium guides will explain when and where to look for this clustering, preparing visitors to capture view the backyard scene, and launch audiences into space to get an astronaut’s perspective using the space travel mode in Jordan Planetarium’s new Definniti theater.

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February Public Star Shows


Earth, Moon and Sun

Funny and fascinating for young astronomers, this is a fast-paced full dome demonstration of lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, the sun and other puzzling events with the help of a crazy coyote. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. The program immerses viewers in extraordinary digital models and scenery made possible by Jordan Planetarium’s new Definiti theater. A live guided tour of this season’s Maine sky, its constellations and planets, completes the sky adventure.

Sundays at 2:00 pm

Ages 4 to 11


Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. Narrated by Mark Hamill.

Fridays at 7:00 pm

Ages 5 to adult


General admission is $6 and tickets can be purchased at the door up to the start time.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Center between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm or over the phone with a credit card by calling 207-581-1341.



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