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For general inquiries, contact us:

817-272-1183
planetarium@uta.edu

Please note that phones are answered M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Public Show Rates
Adults$6.00
Seniors$4.00
Children$4.00
Students$4.00
Children 0 - 2Free
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The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Cosmic Lectures

Dr. Ramon Lopez
Eclipses, The Corona, and Space Weather

Ramon Lopez at Cosmic Lectures

The recent Great American Eclipse allowed an unprecedented number of people to see the corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun, for themselves. The corona is the vital link between the Sun and space weather here and elsewhere in the solar system. In this talk, he will discuss eclipses, with a focus on the historical aspects, leading up to scientific observations of the corona, and the connection to space weather.

Thursday, September 28
6:00 PM
UTA Planetarium

About UTA Planetarium

UTA Planetarium is one of the three largest planetariums in the State of Texas located in a groundbreaking research facility. With its 60-feet dome projection surface, fully digital projection system and advance software, UTA Planetarium provides its visitors views of realistic night sky, the Solar System, stars, and distance galaxies complemented with Dolby surround sound.

Visiting the Planetarium

UTA Planetarium is available for field trips (K-12 public, charter, and private schools, summer camps, day cares) and offers variety of shows for public. The UTA Planetarium is the perfect tool to inspire students' interest in science and technology as well as to teach challenging concepts to students of any age with ease.

What is planetarium show?

Our Astronomers will provide night sky tour, present the Solar System and other Point-Of-Interest objects, and cover trending Astronomy topics. The session will be followed by Q&A, and a pre-recorded program. Live presentations are customized for K-12 field trips to meet the current curriculum standards, TEKS, and teachers' specific goals.

Our public show schedule only lists the title of the pre-recorded programs. However, visitors should expect live presentation (explained above) and Q&A included with each show. Typical length of planetarium shows are 1-hour for K-12 field trips, 45-minutes for public shows.


  • 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

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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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Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Astronaut

Astronaut

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

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 rock that everyone loves. Combine that with the amazing CG 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: Infinity

Spacepark 360: Infinity

The fastest fulldome show continues with 9 all new rides!

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.