Planetarium Programs & Events

Ingram Planetarium Sunset Beach NC
SUMMER PROGRAMMING

May 23 – September 1, 2014

NEW! NANO Exhibit — On display in the Science Hall from now until January 17, 2015  — Come learn about nanoscience and technology. Nanoscience is the study of structures and material on the scale of nanometers — a size almost too small to even imagine. Nanotechnolgy is the manipulation of matter on a molecular scale. In other words, scientists and engineers can now create new materials and devices by building them atom by atom. What are some of the products created by nanotechnology that impact our every day lives? What are the social and ethical implications of this new technology? The Nano Exhibit engages visitors of all ages with hands-on activities, examples of real-world applications, and discussion about the future of nanotechnology.

There is no admission charge to visit the Science Hall! The Nano Exhibit is FREE!

Sky Theater Shows:
11:00 Legends of the Night Skies — Half-price admission!
1:00 Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
2:00 Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
3:00 Undiscovered Worlds (includes live star show)
4:00 Back to the Moon for Good (includes live star show)
5:00 Dynamic Earth
Sky Theater shows are free for members.
Non-member per-show admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.

FREE Noon Programs Monday through Friday:
MONDAY

What’s Up in the Sky This Week
TUESDAY
History of Technology
WEDNESDAY
Sea Turtle Talk
Science Hall Exploration (11:30-1:30)
THURSDAY
To The Moon
FRIDAY
Science in Small Bytes Series:
August 1 — The Size of Space
August 8 — NC’s Hurricane History — Guest speaker Jay Barnes’ program includes photos, survival stories, interesting facts, and weather records of the great hurricanes in NC’s history. Mr. Barnes will be available for book signing after his presentation.
August 15 — Ancient Aliens — Guest speaker Fred R. David discusses the question: Has the Earth been visited by ancient aliens?

Laser Music Shows on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday:
THURSDAY
6:00 — Beatles; 7:00 — Laser Retro; 8:00 — U2
FRIDAY
6:00 — NEW! Laser Country; 7:00 — Led Zeppelin*; 8:00 — Metallica**
SATURDAY
6:00 — Laser Vinyl; 7:00 — Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon; 8:00 — Pink Floyd: The Wall**
Laser Music Shows are free for members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.

* Led Zeppelin will be replaced by Laser Spirit on May 23, July 4, & August 29.
** Metallica & Pink Floyd: The Wall are not recommended for young children.

FALL PROGRAMMING

September 4, 2014 – January 3, 2015

NEW! NANO Exhibit — On display in the Science Hall from now until January 17, 2015  — Come learn about nanoscience and technology. Nanoscience is the study of structures and material on the scale of nanometers — a size almost too small to even imagine. Nanotechnolgy is the manipulation of matter on a molecular scale. In other words, scientists and engineers can now create new materials and devices by building them atom by atom. What are some of the products created by nanotechnology that impact our every day lives? What are the social and ethical implications of this new technology? The Nano Exhibit engages visitors of all ages with hands-on activities, examples of real-world applications, and discussion about the future of nanotechnology.
There is no admission charge to visit the Science Hall! The Nano Exhibit is FREE!

Sky Theater Shows

Thursday
12:00 — Astronaut (live star show follows movie)
1:00 — Undiscovered Worlds (live star show follows movie)
2:00 — Back to the Moon for Good (live star show follows movie)
3:00 — Seven Wonders
4:00 — Dynamic Earth (replaced by Laser Holidays from Nov. 26, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015)

Friday
11:00 — Half-price! — Back to the Moon for Good (live star show follows movie)
12:00 — Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
1:00 — Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
2:00 — Undiscovered Worlds (live star show follows movie)
3:00 — Two Small Pieces of Glass (live star show follows movie)
4:00 — Dynamic Earth (replaced by Laser Holidays from Nov. 26, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015)

Saturday
11:00 — Half-price! — Back to the Moon for Good (live star show follows movie)
12:00 — Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea
1:00 — Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
2:00 — Astronaut (live star show follows movie)
3:00 — Seven Wonders (live star show follows movie)
4:00 — Tales of the Maya Skies (replaced by Laser Holidays from Nov. 26, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015)

Sky Theater shows are free for members.
Non-member per-show admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.
During Sunset at Sunset on Oct. 4, we are offering half-price admission to all shows!

Laser Music Shows

Sept. 11 & 25 ~ Oct. 9 & 23 ~ Nov. 13 ~ Dec. 11

5:00 — Beatles
6:00 — Laser Vinyl
7:00 — Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Sept. 12 & 26 ~ Oct. 10 & 24 ~ Nov. 14 & 28 ~ Dec. 12 & 26 ~ Jan. 2

5:00 — Laser Country
6:00 — Laser Zeppelin
7:00 — Pink Floyd: The Wall

Sept. 13 & 27 ~ Oct. 11 & 25 ~ Nov. 15 & 29 ~ Dec. 13 & 27 ~ Jan. 3

5:00 — Laser Pop
6:00 — U2
7:00 — Laser Spirit

Special Halloween Laser Music Shows on Oct. 30 & 31

6:00 — Laser Mania
7:00 — Hypnotica
8:00 — Fright Light

Laser Music shows are free for members.
Non-member per-show admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.

Evening Lectures — 7:00 PM

Sept. 6 — Shoot the Moon! International Observe the Moon Night — Rain date: Sept. 7 at 7:00 PM

Sept. 20 — Nanotechnology: The Past

Oct. 4 — Nanotechnology: The Future

Oct. 18 — SciTech of SciFi

Nov. 8 — Augmented Future Reality

Nov. 22 — Star Party! Use our telescopes to view the night sky! Rain date: Nov. 23 at 7:00 PM

Dec. 6 — James Webb Space Telescope with guest speaker Dr. Barry Kirkham

Evening lectures are free for members.
Non-member admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children (3-12), and free for age 2 & under.