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Send your romance into orbit at Flandrau with our special Valentine’s Day planetarium shows on the evening of February 14th! Our “Lovers In The Sky” show tells timeless tales of love that are immortalized in the constellations. And if the celestial love stories are not enough, we’ll also have two screenings of “Laser Beatles” the laser lights music show that will capture everyone’s affection with classic songs from the Fab Four. Bring your date to Flandrau for a night of romance among the stars! Special shows start 6pm on Friday, February 14, 2020.

When

6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, 2020

Our annual family favorite “Season of Light” will fill you with seasonal sparkle! Aholiday classic, now in fulldome format, this showexplores the many festivals of light (including Christmas and Hanukah) that celebrate the spirit of renewal around the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Full of popular holiday music, you’ll learn the origins of today’s Christmas songs and customs. And you’ll discover how the dark days of winter have inspired luminous festival traditions in other times and cultures, and how all of those traditions connect back to astronomy. Noah Adams from National Public Radio narrates the show.

Recommended for General Audiences. 

 

When

2 p.m. Jan. 3, 2020

A fun, gorgeously animated fulldome show about cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins, this dazzling film reveals how hydrogen and carbon, the very building blocks of life, formed in the universe and then brings it all back to us – we are made of stars!

Recommended for General Audiences.

When

11 a.m. Jan. 3, 2020
board game day

Play Together at Flandrau’s BOARD GAME DAY!

Put down the phones and join the fun! Board games bring families together over the holidays. This winter, Flandrau will host Board Game Day on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020) to launch the new year and to celebrate the human connection that happens when friends and family gather to play a game together (not the video kind). Alongside all the games in our exhibits, we’ll provide tables stocked with board games, and have games available for purchase in our gift shop. Join us on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 9am-5pm for all the fun from Clue to Scrabble.

When

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1, 2020

Thanksgiving wishes from our Flandrau Family to yours!

When

Midnight to 11:50 p.m. Nov. 28, 2019

Our new Mars show, Next Stop: Mars will fly you to the red planet and give you the scoop on all that we’ve discovered there. The University of Arizona has played a role in every single NASA mission to Mars! And we’ve even led some of them. You’ll learn why Mars has captivated humans for millennia, what the new science tells us, and what it would take to send humans to Mars.

Recommended for General Audiences.

 

When

1 p.m. Jan. 1, 2020
1 p.m. Jan. 4, 2020
1 p.m. Jan. 11, 2020
1 p.m. Jan. 18, 2020
1 p.m. Jan. 25, 2020
1 p.m. Feb. 1, 2020
1 p.m. Feb. 8, 2020
1 p.m. Feb. 15, 2020
1 p.m. Feb. 22, 2020
1 p.m. Feb. 29, 2020
1 p.m. March 7, 2020
1 p.m. March 14, 2020
1 p.m. March 21, 2020
1 p.m. March 28, 2020
1 p.m. April 4, 2020
1 p.m. April 11, 2020
1 p.m. April 18, 2020
1 p.m. April 25, 2020
1 p.m. May 2, 2020
1 p.m. May 9, 2020
1 p.m. May 16, 2020
1 p.m. May 23, 2020

Our annual family favorite “Season of Light” will fill you with seasonal sparkle! Aholiday classic, now in fulldome format, this showexplores the many festivals of light (including Christmas and Hanukah) that celebrate the spirit of renewal around the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Full of popular holiday music, you’ll learn the origins of today’s Christmas songs and customs. And you’ll discover how the dark days of winter have inspired luminous festival traditions in other times and cultures, and how all of those traditions connect back to astronomy. Noah Adams from National Public Radio narrates the show.

Recommended for General Audiences. 

When

1 p.m. Nov. 29, 2019

This year Flandrau is teaming up with the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab for the annual The Art of Planetary Science event and exhibition, and we’re adding activities and space art screenings! Many planetary scientists and astronomers call Tucson home, and we’re also home to a thriving “Space Art” community that is full of creativity and fascinated by science.

Join us to see these inspiring works of art, make your own space art, see special space art planetarium shows, and have fun with science!

Art Exhibition at the Lunar and Planetary Lab
The exhibition The Art of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab (located in the Kuiper Building next door to Flandrau) will be free and open to the public on Friday, Nov 15 from 5pm-9pm, and on both Saturday Nov 16 and Sunday Nov 17 from 1pm-5pm. Over 200 works of space art will be on display.

On Friday evening, there will also be a music performance on the lawn in front of Flandrau with the band “Galactic Cactus” playing space-related songs and selections from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.” Plus, free telescope viewing will be available on the mall to magnify the moon and planets thanks to volunteers from the UAZ Astronomy Club.

Flandrau Space Art Activities, Reduced Admission
For this Art of Planetary Science weekend, Flandrau will be open all day Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 12noon-5pm with reduced admission all three days: $5 exhibits and $5 planetarium shows. We’ll offer several family-friendly “Space Art” activities so visitors can make their own space art and discover more about the planets.

Free Screenings in the Planetarium Theater
Flandrau will also offer two special “space art” screenings, free in the planetarium theater: 

  1. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2pm: Space Art Compilation of new digital and video artworks submitted for the Art of Planetary Science with an introduction and presentation by renowned space artist Michelle Rouch. Rouch, an aerospace engineer and artist, will give her presentation “Building Bridges Between Engineering and The Arts” about her own path to aerospace art.
  2. Sunday, Nov. 17, 11am: The first-ever Tucson screening of the 2018 documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future, all about the pioneering artist (Bonestell) whose images of the solar system and planetary exploration inspired a generation of scientists and engineers. Considered the “Father of Space Art,” this documentary explores Bonestell’s work from the 1940s to the 1970s, and his lasting impact on science, science fiction, and popular culture. Run time 96 minutes. 

“Cosmic Bus” fun Physics Activities on the Mall
To compliment the space art festivities, acclaimed science communicator Bruce Bayly will bring his “Cosmic Bus” full of fun physics activities to the University of Arizona’s grassy central mall in front of Flandrau during the same times that the Art of Planetary Science exhibition is open – Friday Nov 15, 5pm-9pm. Saturday Nov 16 and Sunday Nov 17, 1pm-5pm.

Science inspires our wonder. Wonder sparks our creativity. Creativity generates works of art that fire our imagination and set us on a quest for new knowledge. Bring the family to experience these visionary artworks and inspire the next generation of explorers! Don’t’ miss The Art of Planetary Science.

The Art of Planetary Science Dates and Times:

Friday, November 15, 2019

  • Flandrau $5 admission and $5 shows all day, 9am-10pm.
  • Art Exhibition, free admission, 5pm–9pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building
  • Flandrau “Space Art” activities, 5pm-8pm.
  • “Cosmic Bus” physics activities outreach bus, free on the mall 5pm-9pm.
  • Free telescope viewing on the mall, 7pm-9pm.
  • Free Live Music from the band “Galactic Cactus” in front of Flandrau, 6pm-8pm.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Art Exhibition, free admission, 1pm–5pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building
  • Flandrau $5 admission and $5 shows all day, 10am-10pm.
  • “Space Art” Activities at Flandrau, 1pm-5pm.
  • “Cosmic Bus” physics activities outreach bus, free on the mall 1pm-5pm.
  • Free Special Screening, 2pm, Space Art Compilation and Michelle Rouch presentation in the Eos Planetarium Theater at Flandrau
    Free tickets available on a first come, first served at Flandrau on day-of-show.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

  • Free Special Screening, 11am, documentary Chesley Bonestell: A Brush With The Future. Film about the “Father of Space Art” in the Eos Planetarium Theater at Flandrau
    Free tickets available on a first come, first served at Flandrau on day-of-show.
  • Art Exhibition, free admission, 1pm–5pm, Kuiper Space Sciences Building
  • Flandrau $5 admission and $5 shows all day, 12noon-5pm.
  •  “Cosmic Bus” physics activities outreach bus, free on the mall 1pm-5pm.
  • “Space Art” Activities at Flandrau, 1pm-5pm.

When

Midnight to 11:50 p.m. Nov. 15, 2019
Midnight to 11:50 p.m. Nov. 16, 2019
Midnight to 11:50 p.m. Nov. 17, 2019
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