UPCOMING SHOWS/EVENTS

Wednesday, April 23

11:00 p.m. Rusty Rocket in Full Dome!

12:00 p.m. LASER MANIA 2014! Laser Orion (followed by Laser Mania)

1:00 p.m. Dinosaurs at Dusk!

2:00 p.m.   LASER MANIA 2014!  Laser Retro

3:00 p.m. LASER MANIA 2014!  Laser Perseus/Andromeda (followed by Laser Pop)

6:00 p.m. LASER MANIA 2014!  Laser Beatles

7:00 p.m.  LASER MANIA 2014!  Laser Mania

April 2014 Show Schedule

News & Events

Dinosaurs at Dusk, a whirlwind time travel adventure back to the epoch of the dinosaurs, starts this September at USM’s Southworth Planetarium!
Asteroid contrail over Urals
An asteroid explodes over the Ural Mountains Friday, injuring more than 900

Rusty Rocket in Full Dome!

Rusty Rocket in Full Dome!

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Monday, August 5, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 10, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, August 19, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Monday, December 30, 2013, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, March 31, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, April 21, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 
Southworth Planetarium
Contact Name: 
Edward Gleason
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4249
Contact Email: 
egleason@usm.maine.edu

RUSTY ROCKET'S LAST BLAST

in Full dome Computer animation!

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!

Our favorite rocket character, Rusty Rocket, was once a slide and is now completely animated.   See this classic planetarium show in full dome computer animation!

Join Rusty Rocket and his band of rocket rookies as they explore the solar system.  From the Martian canyons to Saturn's rings to the Sun's interior, follow Rusty and his students on their solar system odyssey. 

April 23, 2014
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium

Laser Show: Laser Orion (followed by Laser Mania)

Laser Show: Laser Orion (followed by Laser Mania)

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, February 18, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 24, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: 
Southworth Planetarium
Contact Name: 
Edward Gleason
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4249
Contact Email: 
egleason@usm.maine.edu

 


LASER ORION


The story of Orion the Hunter set to full dome laser light.


Followed by the laser music show: Laser Mania


Cost $5.50 per person


($1.00 for 3-D glasses)


You may reserve your space by calling 207-780-4249 or by e-mailing egleason@usm.maine.edu. You may reserve your tickets in advance and then pay on arrival.

April 23, 2014
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium

Dinosaurs at Dusk!

Dinosaurs at Dusk!

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, September 6, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 8, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, September 9, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, September 13, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, September 16, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, September 20, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, September 13, 2013, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, September 27, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, September 27, 2013, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, September 29, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, September 6, 2013, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, September 20, 2013, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Monday, September 30, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, October 4, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, October 7, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, October 11, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, October 21, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, October 28, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, November 4, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 1:00 PM
Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monday, November 18, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, November 22, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, November 25, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, October 14, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, December 13, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monday, December 23, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, December 2, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, January 10, 2014, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Friday, January 24, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, January 31, 2014, 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Monday, January 20, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, February 7, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, February 17, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, February 21, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Friday, February 28, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, March 10, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monday, April 7, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday, April 21, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Monday, April 28, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: 
Southworth Planetarium
Contact Name: 
Edward Gleason
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4249
Contact Email: 
egleason@usm.maine.edu

 DINOSAURS AT DUSK!

more dinosaurs

 

A whirlwind time travel adventure back to the epoch of the dinosaurs!

 

We have to tell you that we've been waiting aeons to announce that we have a full dome, computer animated dinosaurs show! A larger than life extravaganza rife with roaring monsters from the ancient age: bounding, stomping, flying, hunting, and foraging frenetically above us.

 

Well, by heavens, now we can tell the world that the dinosaurs have arrived at the Southworth Planetarium! (Or, to get the verb tense right, they WILL arrive on September 6, 2013.)

 

Dinosaurs!

 

Propel yourself back through the epochs toexplore an Earth teeming with Pteradons, Triceratrops and, of course, the ferocious -and therefore wonderfully marketable- T-Rex!

 

Sir Richard Owen*

 

And, if we can say so, this is NOT your great great great grandfather's dinosaur show with slides and lethargic Sunday afternoon nature special narration. Instead, we're embarking on a causality violating adventure through time to discover a planet dominated by the largest land animals that ever set claw to topsoil.

 

Dinosaurs

 

This September, come back to the Southworth Planetarium and then venture back to the Mesozoic era for a personal odyssey through the realm of the dinosaurs.

 

Matinee and evening shows!

April 23, 2014
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium

Laser Show: Laser Retro

Laser Show: Laser Retro

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, February 22, 2013, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: 
Southworth Planetarium
Contact Name: 
Edward Gleason
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4249
Contact Email: 
egleason@usm.maine.edu

 


LASER RETRO:  Take a step back in time to experience yesterday's music. Duran Duran, Eurthmics, INXS,Red Rider, the Police, and otherr retro tunes


Cost $5.50 per person


($1.00 for 3-D glasses)


You may reserve your space by calling 207-780-4249 or by e-mailing egleason@usm.maine.edu. You may reserve your tickets in advance and then pay on arrival..

April 23, 2014
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium

Laser Perseus and Andromeda (followed by "Laser Pop")

Laser Perseus and Andromeda (followed by "Laser Pop")

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
Southworth Planetarium

Laser Perseus and Andromeda


The legend of Perseus and Andromeda set to full dome laser animation.


Followed by the music show "Laser Pop"


Cost:   $5.50 per person


($1.00 extra for 3-D glasses)


You may reserve your space in advance by calling 207-780-4249 or e-mailing egleason@usm.maine.edu.   You may reserve your space and then pay at the show.

April 23, 2014
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium

Birthday Parties at the Planetarium!

The planetarium is a perfect place to celebrate a birthday!   Our rates are reasonable; our facility is "spacey"; our staff is beyond friendly; our shows are engaging; and the experience is educational as well as being entertaining.

April 2014 Night Sky Calendar

Star party

April 2014 Night Sky Calendar


A monthly sky watcher's guide written by the Southworth Planetarium staff.

About Us

What can you do at the Southworth Planetarium?  See a showenroll in a classattend a lecture, buy fascinating science toys, explore our exhibit area, learn the night sky.

We are open throughout the week. Not only do we have public shows, but we offer private shows to school groups, scout troops, birthday parties, business organizations, and more.

Like the Universe, itself, the more you explore the planetarium, the more you'll discover!  

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