For a real treat you can't get anywhere else in Reno, try going to a movie at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center on the UNR campus in Reno. Feature films in the Star Theater are shown in SkyDome 8/70™ large-format. If you haven't seen a movie like this, you'll be amazed. It isn't as huge as IMAX, but I think it gives you more of a feeling of being right in the middle of the action.
Even though the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center opened way back in 1963, technology has been kept up-to-date. You'll enjoy a Spitz SciDome digital projector capable of producing brilliant shows and 3-D images.
Admission and Free Exhibits at the Fleischmann Planetarium
Tickets for all movies and star shows are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 60 and over. Admission is free for Planetarium members. If you plan on seeing several films and star shows a year, Planetarium membership can save you money.
Admission to the Planetarium Exhibit Hall and science store is free. Exhibits are changed on a periodic basis, but there is always something interesting. Exhibits In Perspective include the Sierra Range, large models of Earth and the Moon, the International Space Station, and the Gravity Well black-hole simulator. Meteorites - Rocks from Space includes the Quinn Canyon meteorite, a half ton meteorite found in Nevada in 1908. The Planetarium's lower level includes the Art/Space Gallery of artwork with some type of astronomy theme, NASA featured projects, Amazing Space, and View Space (also called the Hubble Gallery), a program of news and research findings from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.
Winter / Spring 2014 Shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
Here are the feature films and star shows playing from January 13, 2014 through March 27, 2014. To confirm that movies and shows are on schedule, call the showtime hotline at (775) 784-4811. Discounts may be available for admission to the second show in a daily double feature. Call the Fleishmann Planetarium at (775) 784-4812 for details.
Exploding Universe and Seasonal Stargazing - Featuring the newest iteration of Planetarium projection technology as well as cutting-edge space science research and visualization, this fulldome show features the Universe's ultimate blowups. Explosive events have shaped and transformed the Universe, as well as the Earth itself, into what it is today, and not all of them have been on a grand scale. Throughout this constant evolution of the Universe, some of the most elementary particles have still managed to endure. Follow the path of one of those "particles," a proton, as it participates in some of nature's most astounding events of rebirth and renewal, from supernovae and colliding black holes to supervolcanoes and proton collisions. Plus, seasonal stargazing features what's up in the sky this season.
Showtimes - Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Additional showings at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Extreme Planets and Starlight Express - Join the quest for other planets in this tour of extreme environments, from molten landscapes to habitable moons planets with multiple suns. Plus, Starlight Express features current space news. Admission includes both films.
Showtimes - Daily at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Family Show: Perfect Little Planet - Greetings, Earthlings! Imagine the ultimate space vacation.! For space travelers of all ages, this search of the galaxy to find the best destinations takes us over Pluto, through the rings of Saturn, across the storms of Jupiter, and much more. For children in grades K to 3, but fun for all ages.
Showtimes - Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays at 11 a.m.
Family Show: Attack of the Space Pirates - With amazing sound effects by George Lucas' Skywalker Sound, the Starship Intrepid travels through hyperspace in this fun and exciting adventure, where you and its crew will put real science into science fiction and solve numerous challenges along the way. Find alien technology and defend against the space pirates. For children in grades 4 to 6, but fun for all ages.
Showtimes - Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays at 12 noon.
Live Sky Tonight Star Show - What's happening in our night skies this month? Find out from staff and guest astronomers using the state-of-the-art planetarium equipment to view current astronomical objects and events in spectacular detail. Regular admission.
Showtimes: First Friday of each month at 6 p.m.
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is a full-dome music and light show by Starlight Productions®. The legendary rock masterpiece presented in a stunning, immersive HD animation of color and mind-blowing surround-sound. (Note: Contains mature lyrics and themes.)
Showtimes - Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Weekly Star Party at the MacLean Observatory - The Fleischmann Planetarium hosts free telescope viewing every Friday after dark (weather permitting) at the MacLean Observatory on the UNR Redfield Campus. The MacLean Observatory is on UNR's Redfield Campus, 18600 Wedge Parkway in south Reno, off the Mount Rose Highway. Call (775) 784-4812 before coming for the current status and more information. Admission and parking are free at the Redfield Campus. Dress appropriately - this is an outdoor event with no indoor facilities available.
Viewing times are every Friday (weather permitting) - March through May, 2014, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
How to Get to the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is at the north end of the UNR campus at 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno. You can't miss the unusual building. There is free parking for Planetarium visitors in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3.
Winter / Spring 2014 Hours at the Fleischmann Planetarium
- Sunday and holidays - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Monday through Thursday - 12 noon to 7 p.m.
- Friday - 12 noon to 9 p.m.
- Saturday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Holiday Hours - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on January 20 and February 17, 2014.
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