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.
50th Anniversary Special Events at the Fleischmann Planetarium
The Fleischmann Planetarium opened on November 15, 1963. The unique building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Planetarium is having some special events from November, 2013 into January, 2014.
Friday Vintage Live SkyTonight Star Talks - Fridays, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., November 8 to December 20, 2013. Join the Planetarium for a weekly, fulldome look at what's up in the sky tonight, presented the way we used to back in the day in our vintage Skies Over Nevada series. Live Star Talks are $7 adults, $5 children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 60 and over. Shows are free for Planetarium members.
Friday Travels-Through-Time Talks - Fridays, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., November 8 through December 20, 2013. Take a weekly look back at every decade since 1963, with the Planetarium's special guest speakers past and present. Travels-Through-Time Talks are $7 adults, $5 children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 60 and over. Free for Planetarium members.
- November 8: M. Boone Hellmann, architect and son of Planetarium architect Raymond Hellmann, on the genesis and design of our iconic building.
- November 15: Kim Berry, our neighbor as a young boy and son of Ed Berry, who captured the time-lapse film of our construction, on the 1960s, with awesome photos.
- November 22: Ron James, one of our student employees in the 1970s and recently retired state preservation officer, who helped place us on the National Register.
- December 6: Arthur Johnson, director (1973-2002) and "voice of the Planetarium," on the 1980s, the return of Halley's Comet and our cool time capsule that accompanied the event.
- December 13: Tony Berendsen, expert star guide at Tahoe Star Tours, on the 1990s and the Planetarium's place as a nexus for astronomical activity and community outreach.
- December 20: Dan Ruby, current director (2002-present), on the 21st century and our vision of the future as a learning lab to connect University students and researchers with K-12 students and the community.
$1 Per Show Weekend Admission - Saturdays and Sundays, November 9, 2013 through January 12, 2014. The Planetarium is offering "retro" 1963 time-machine pricing every weekend for every fulldome show. All weekend fulldome shows are $1 per show. Regular admission prices apply for weekday shows.
Fulldome Planetarium shows including Exploding Universe and Seasonal Stargazing - Daily, November 9, 2013 through January 12, 2014. Opening the Planetarium's 50th Anniversary Season is the fulldome show Exploding Universe, featuring our newest iteration of planetarium projection technology as well as cutting-edge space science research and visualization. This brand new show features such explosive events as supernovae and colliding black holes, super volcanoes and proton collisions. $1 weekend admission applies.
Science Saturdays in the Exhibit Hall - Saturdays, November 9, 2013 through January 12, 2014. Come by every Saturday and check out cool science demos, hands-on activities, and community partners including, the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada and the Astronomical Society of Nevada. On the schedule is the November 23 Challenger Learning Center SpaceFlight Lab, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., followed by a telescope clinic for telescope owners with the Astronomical Society of Nevada from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Science Saturdays and all Exhibit Hall events and exhibits are free for all visitors everyday.
Admission and Free Exhibits at the Fleischmann Planetarium
Except as noted above for the 50th anniversary, 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 2013 - 2014 Shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 11, November 29, December 20, 2013, and January 12, 2014. The Planetarium will be closed for holidays on November 28, December 25, and January 1.
Here are the feature films and star shows playing from November 9, 2013 through January 12, 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 brand new 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. Weekend admission is only $1 through January 12, 2014.
Showtimes - Daily at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Additional showings at 12 noon on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Black Holes and Starlight Express - Black Holes takes audiences on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. What are black holes? Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? Explore the most recent discoveries in a show featuring the latest in fulldome 3-D animation technology. Plus, Starlight Express features current space news. Admission includes both films. Weekend admission is only $1 through January 12, 2014.
Showtimes - Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 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. Weekend admission is only $1 through January 12, 2014.
Showtimes - Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays at 11 a.m.
Weekly Sky Tonight Star Talk - What's happening in our night skies this month? Find out from staff and guest astronomers using our state-of-the-art planetarium equipment to view current astronomical objects and events in spectacular detail. Regular admission.
Showtimes: Every Friday 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.) Weekend admission is only $1 through January 12, 2014.
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.
Viewing times are every Friday (weather permitting) - November, 2013 through February 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 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 2013 - 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 November 11, November 29, December 20, and January 12. Closed on November 28, December 25, and January 1.
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