Strange but true – it is winter for us when the Earth’s orbit is closest to the sun!

Count down to Perihelion, the “real new year”, with us as we celebrate the moment when the Earth will be closest to the sun for all of 2019.  

Learn more about this amazing astronomical event during a show in the Planetarium Star Theatre, join us for activities, science demos, and for a tour of our observatory at this family friendly event.

6:30pm - 8:15pm Observatory Tours (weather permitting)

6:30pm - 8:15pm Cosmic Courtyard – “Ultima Thule and the Icy Worlds Beyond Pluto”
Learn about the space probe New Horizons as it approaches Ultima Thule, an object at the farthest point we’ve ever explored in space in history! We’ll have dry ice demos to theorize what we may find out there. Live demonstrations will be running every half hour.

8:15pm Planetarium Star Theatre Show – “A Year in Space”
What does perihelion mean, how do orbits work, and are the orbits for all planets and moons the same? We’ll be answering these questions and will be looking at all of the hottest (and coldest) topics in space from 2018 and into 2019. Learn about the InSight mission on Mars, the New Horizons mission to Ultima Thule and countdown to 9:19pm when Earth finally reaches perihelion, the start of a new yearly orbit!

Tickets available at the door.

Tickets prices are the same as our standard evening admission rates.
Adult: $14
Child: $8.50
Youth/Senior $11
Family (5 persons; 2 adults maximum): $41

Event Details

January 2, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:45pm