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

Mon - Fri, 8 am - 5 pm

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

UTA Students$3.00
Children under 3Free

Groups of 15 or more may schedule a private showing and take advantage of our discounted pricing of $4 per person.
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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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Welcome to The Planetarium at UT Arlington!



Maverick Parking Garage Closes to the Public for Refresh MPG will close Monday, July 11-31 to the public for a scheduled refresh. Refresh includes cleaning, repairs, and fresh paint. Visitors to Planetarium should use College Park retail lots and be mindful of the 2-hour time limit.


Nedderman Drive at Planetarium Place closed: ADA permit holders can access the Library ADA lot by traveling through Maverick Parking Garage. Alternative options should be arranged for large vehicles. Bus access for the Planetarium should be rerouted to the West St. circle. On-site signage will be present for the general public: “Nedderman Drive closed to thru traffic July 11-13” and “ADA Permit Holders Access Library Lot through Maverick Parking Garage July 11-13” The intersection of South Nedderman Drive and Planetarium Place will close temporarily from July 11 – July 13. ADA parking behind the library can be accessed through the Maverick Parking Garage. Lot S10 will be open for normal student operations. ADA users with valid UTA permits can use ADA spaces in Lot S10 or F47 until the Library lot reopens. Alternatively, ADA users with a valid UTA permit can use street meters without paying as long as the vehicle does not overstay the posted time limits.

Thanks for your patience as we continue to make progress on expanding parking options this Fall.

The Planetarium offers live stargazing and prerecorded 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 approximately 30-minutes of stargazing of tonight’s night sky presented by a space scientist, and another 30-minutes of prerecorded video.

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

Summer Schedule

Our summer public show schedule will run from May 31 - August 28. If you are looking for shows and times before this date, please see our Now Showing section on the right.


ArlingCon 2016 - June 18

ArlingConThe Planetarium is teaming up with Arlington Libraries to present ArlingCon 2016 on Saturday, June 18! Gather with other superhero fans at their second annual comic convention! Featuring exciting workshops and panel discussions as well as a Cosplay Runway, Cosplay Contest, Artist Alley, Vendor Room, Exhibit Hall, Swag Table with giveaways, Game Room and more!

Come to the Planetarium during the event for a special Star Wars themed show, Grand Tour of the Empire! Visit the fictional worlds of Star Wars - Hoth, Tatooine, Kashyyyk and more - in this live planetarium presentation. ArlingCon guests will get discounted Planetarium admission - check your registration packet for more information!

All shows are open to the public. On-site registration with ArlinCon is required to get the discounted rate.

ArlingCon Schedule
  • 11:00 - Grand Tour of the Empire
  • 12:30 - Grand Tour of the Empire
  • 2:00 - Grand Tour of the Empire
  • 3:30 - Grand Tour of the Empire
  • 5:30 - We Are Astronomers
  • 7:00 - Pink Floyd

  • 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

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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.

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Tue, Jul 26, 2016

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