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The Planetarium at UT Arlington

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Contact Us

For scheduling and other inquiries, contact us during office hours:

Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm
817-272-1183
planetarium@uta.edu

Please note that shows are often scheduled outside of office hours.

Pricing
Adults$6.00
Seniors$4.00
Children$4.00
Students$4.00
UTA Students$3.00
Children under 3Free
Groups

Groups of 15 or more may schedule a private showing and take advantage of our discounted pricing of $4 per person.
Schedule a showing

Schools

If you are a teacher, inspire your students with a field trip to The Planetarium! The cost is $3 per student.
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Today's Moon Phase
Today's Moon Phase

Welcome to The Planetarium at UT Arlington!



The Planetarium offers live stargazing and pre-recorded programs to the public, school groups, and UT Arlington students all year round. Using state-of-the-art technology and a 60-ft. dome screen; the Planetarium is an immersive space theater facility with endless capabilities. Our shows are one-hour long and consist of ~30-minutes of stargazing of tonight’s night sky presented by a space scientist, and another ~30-minutes pre-recorded program.

Public is encouraged to check the Now Showing schedule for show times. Teachers can schedule their field trip using the Field Trip Scheduler form.

No Public Shows July 22 - 25

Due to a professional development conference, there will be no public shows Tuesday, July 22nd through Friday, July 25th. We will return to our regular public schedule on Saturday, July 26th. We apologize for any inconvenience.



  • The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scientists mentioned the Moon's craters that have ice in them are probably charged up by static electricity from interacting with the solar wind. Is there a way to measure the voltage from some probe or other?
  • This might be a good one to try to send to the LRO scientists because this will be depend on the amount of ice, as well as electromagnetic field strength caused by the solar wind. Unfortunately, static electricity can’t be measured by probes unless the voltage carrying medium is grounded and discharged. For example, we can’t measure the static electric voltage building up in clouds. However, if we knew the amount of current that was transmitted to a lightning rod by the cloud, then we would be able to estimate the amount of static electricity carried in the cloud just before the lightning.
  • Can we experience weightlessness near a black hole?
  • I don’t think that you would feel weightless around a black hole, because the difference in gravity between your head and feet is so great that you will be stretched into a long thin string. Even if you can get into a fast orbit around the black hole that would attempt to balance the gravitational forces, creating a free fall situation (exactly the same situation the astronauts have around Earth) you would still feel this stretching on your body. Some astronomers like to call this stretching effect, spaghettification, because it stretches you into a thin piece of spaghetti. You will eventually become stretched so much, that the bonds holding your atoms together will break, so it won’t be you that enters the black hole, but the protons, neutrons and electrons that make you up.
  • How long would it take to get to Venus going 60 miles per hour?
  • Venus’s distance from Earth varies depending on where each planet it is its orbit around the Sun. The closest that Venus ever gets to Earth is 23.6 million miles. That means that it would take 44.9 years to reach Venus travelling at 60 mph!
  • Has NASA spotted an exoplanet orbiting Alpha Centauri a and b and proxima centauri?
  • Yes! A planet, known as Alpha Centauri Bb, was discovered orbiting around Alpha Centauri B, which is part of a three-star system just 4.3 light-years away from us. Alpha Centauri Bb zips around its star every 3.2 days, orbiting at a distance of just 3.6 million miles (6 million kilometers) and is approximately the same size as Earth. For comparison, Earth orbits about 93 million miles, or 150 million km, from the sun.

View more and submit your own questions to Ask the Astronomer

The Starry Messenger

The Starry Messenger

Sign up to receive our free, monthly e-newsletter containing interesting information about The Planetarium and events in the world of astronomy.

Read the July issue

The Star Store Gift Shop in The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Star Store Gift Shop

Choose from our selection of T-shirts, baby clothes, accessories, and telescopes.

Visit the Star Store Gift Shop for more items

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Now Showing
Sunday
01:30 pmSecret of the Cardboard Rocket
03:00 pmSpacepark 360
Tuesday
02:00 pmTexas Stargazing
03:30 pmSpacepark 360
Wednesday
02:00 pmBack To The Moon For Good
03:30 pmSpacepark 360
Thursday
02:00 pmOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
03:30 pmSpacepark 360
Friday
02:00 pmAstronaut
03:30 pmSpacepark 360
Saturday
01:00 pmOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
02:30 pmAstronaut
05:30 pmStars of the Pharaohs
07:00 pmPink Floyd
Astronaut

Astronaut

See what it takes to become an Astronaut and the effect space has on the human body.

Back To The Moon For Good

Back To The Moon For Good

Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good immerses us in the Google Lunar XPRIZE race to the Moon and the human stories of both the competition and the collaboration it inspires.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

Discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd is the classic that everyone loves. Combine that with the amazing visual effects and you have an absolutely amazing show that no one should miss.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination.

Spacepark 360

Spacepark 360

Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer!

Stars of the Pharaohs

Stars of the Pharaohs

Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings.

Texas Stargazing

Texas Stargazing

Find out what planets and constellations are visible in the night sky tonight.