The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

The Planetarium at UT Arlington The Planetarium at UT Arlington facebook twitter YouTube Ask the Astronomer The Starry Messenger AstroCam
Map to The Planearium at UT Arlinton
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.
Schedule a field trip

Welcome to The Planetarium at UT Arlington!

Planetarium Office Closed for Winter Break

The Planetarium business office will be closed Tuesday, December 23, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015 for winter break. The theater will remain open for public shows. Please see our Now Showing section for show times.

Construction In Front of Planetarium

Construction on a sewer main in front of the Chemistry Physics Building and Planetarium is blocking the front entrance to the Planetarium. Please follow the signs to the back entrance of the building. Construction will not effect our show schedule.



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.


Spring Schedule

Our Spring Schedule will start on Thursday, January 8th with a brand new show and a selection of your favorites. If you are looking for shows and times before January 8th please check out our Holiday Schedule.

January 8 - May 24
Thursdays
Fridays
Saturdays
Sundays


  • 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 November 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

Mon, Dec 22, 2014

Today's Events

No events were found for today.

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.

Experience the Aurora

Experience the Aurora

Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular!

Holiday Music Magic

Holiday Music Magic

This music entertainment show features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor.

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.

Season of Light

Season of Light

Discover winter solstice traditions of the Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, Hopi, Christian, and Jewish. Learn some astronomical possibilities for the Christmas Star.

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: Infinity

Spacepark 360: Infinity

The fastest fulldome show continues with 9 all new rides!