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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 the rare, close clustering of heavenly bodies that can be seen in Maine backyards this February! Featured in each star show, planetarium guides will explain when and where to look for this clustering, allowing visitors to view the backyard scene and launch into space to get an astronaut’s perspective on the cluster.

February Shows

Earth, Moon and Sun

This first standards-based elementary show for full dome beautifully illustrates basic concepts like moon phases and seasons with the dubious help of Coyote. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this micro-unit of astronomy.

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


Tickets for public star shows can be purchased at the door up to the start time. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Astronomy Center between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm or over the phone with a credit card by calling 581-1341



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