We have shows every week September-April except the first Friday. Our schedule continues into the summer with at least 2 show nights a month. Our 60 minute shows usually highlights one of our immersive, fulldome films followed by a presentation from one of our community's expert scientists, plus time for questions from the audience at the end of every show. We also have our all-live planetarium shows which feature the immense Planetarium database where one of our Astronomers will fly you through the Scales of the Universe, Stars of the Alaskan Sky, or show you our Tilted Solstice.
- 6:00pm Watching a Little Glas Cloud on its Way into the Galactic Supermassive Black Hole with Guest Presenter Professor Andreas Burkert (University of Munich)
The Galactic center is one of the most fascinating and extreme places in the Galaxy. Harboring a supermassive black hole with a mass of order 4 million solar masses it experiences cycles of activity and star formation, separated by periods of quiescence that last of order a million years. The Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole currently is inactive. However a small, diffuse gas cloud (G2) has recently been detected on an orbit almost straight into the Galactic Supermassive Black Hole. Like comet Shoemaker Levy's 1994 collision with Jupiter, the big challenge has started for astrophysicists to predict the outcome of G2's close encounter with the Supermassive Black Hole. Their models will be validated directly by observations within the next decade.
Andreas Burkert is a full professor at the University of Munich and holds the chair for Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics. The International Astronomical Union named the minor planet 267003 Burkert after him. He is also a visiting scientist at the MPI for extraterrestrial Physics at Garching and Higgs Fellow. From 2011 till 2014 he was the President of the German Astronomical Society, and Chairman of the German Astrophysics Board of Directors. His research focuses on dynamical processes in the Universe, including the formation and evolution of galaxies and the formation of stars and stellar clusters.
- 6:30pm NeuroTours with UAA Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Rachael Hannah
- 8:00pm Natural Selection with Microbiologist, Catherine Pongratz
6:30pm Stars of the Alaskan Sky presented by Planetarium Manager, Omega Smith
- 8:00pm Sunstruck! presented by Planetarium Manager, Omega Smith
More to come soon...
Please note that this schedule may need to change. If the demand is high, we will work to offer additional shows. To be notified when new public shows are scheduled or the schedule changes, please join our mailing list.
Online Ticket Prices:
- FREE for current UAA Planetarium Members
- $10 for Adults
- $ 5 for UAA Students (w/ valid ID)
- $ 5 for Children (4-18 years)
Tickets sold in advance at UAATix.com.
- FREE for current UAA Planetarium Members
- $12 for Adults
- $ 6 for UAA Students (w/ valid ID)
- $ 6 for Children (4-18 years)
- At the Door payment options: cash, check and credit card!
*ticket prices have been raised to include the ticketing fee
Because of the popularity of our public shows, we strongly recommend that you reserve seats in advance at UAATix.com. Because the theater is dark and can be scary for young children, we do not recommend bringing children under the age of 4. Some shows have bright lights and moving scenery which could cause motion sickness or sezuires. There are routes out of the planetarium if you start to feel any ill effects.
Individual and Student members may reserve one seat per show, while Family and Organizational members (and above) may reserve up to four seats per show. Online reservations are free for members, and non-members can purchase tickets online with a credit card. Seats may typically be reserved online until 5pm the day of the show. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the show. We will be accepting cash and card at the door. Even if a show is sold out, we typically have a few seats available on the night of the show. The planetarium will open for seating 30 minutes before each show. You must be in the theater 10 minutes before the show starts. Unclaimed reserve seats will be released after this time to stand-by customers. There is no entry after the show begins.
For questions about the planetarium, our shows, or how to make reservations on UAATix.com, please contact the planetarium staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (907) 786-1838. Should you require to cancel your public show reservations, please let us know! Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds for purchased tickets after the fact.
Can't make it on Friday nights? Don't like sitting next to strangers in a dark room? You and up to 63 friends can book the planetarium for a private show! Our private shows are available all year long and can be tailored to your request. We have discounted rates for school and youth groups as well. For pricing and availability email us at email@example.com.