Enjoy "International Science Center Day" @ Flandrau!

Nov. 10, 2018

All over the world, Science centers and Science Museums will join to celebrate “International Science Center Day” on Saturday, November 10. For our community in and around Tucson, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium will offer special activities and programs to recognize this special day and champion the power of science to transform our lives.

Established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “International Science Center Day” began in 2016 to commemorate the World Science Day for Peace and Development. The event focuses on the vital role of science in guiding the world to achieve THE GLOBAL GOALS, a set of 17 Goals for Sustainable Development conceived by a coalition of world leaders in partnership between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Science brings us the knowledge we need to make important decisions that will lead us to a healthy planet and a sustainable quality of life for all of humanity.

As described on THE GLOBAL GOALS website:

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

For this year’s “International Science Center Day,” general admission to Flandrau will be free to everyone. Planetarium Shows will be regular price ($8 for adults, $6 for kids). To make this a special day, we’ve organized extra programs and activities. Several UA student clubs will offer fun hands-on science activities, including groups from Chemistry and Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Nutritional Science, and Physics. Flandrau’s student staff will also provide other popular space science activities. The special activities will be available from 1-4pm.

We’ll also be presenting, for the very first time, a “domecast” lecture in the Eos Planetarium Theater. This technology transmits a lecture to our fulldome digitial projection system, so that the imagery appears on the entire dome at Flandrau as it is presented “live” (in real time) from the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. This will be part of the Kavli Fulldome Lecture Seriesproduced in partnership with the Kavli Foundation. This lecture will is titled “The Cosmos In A Heartbeat” and will be given by Dr. Shane Larson, Research Associate Professor, Northestern Universiy and the Associate Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). Admission to the special domecast lecture is only $2!

For Flandrau members only, all planetarium shows (and the Kavli Fulldome Lecture) will be free all day!

Join us for all the fascinating science, and to share in the world-wide community of science appreciation, for this special event at Flandrau!

Event Times:

  • Flandrau open 10am to 10pm, Saturday November 10
  • Special Kavli Fulldome Lecture, 11am
  • Special Event Activities, 1-4pm

Event Admission:

  • Free general admission to Flandrau, all exhibits and activities
  • Domecast lecture “The Cosmos In A Heartbeat” $2
  • Regular Price for Planetarium Shows ($8 adults, $6 kids)

Event Day Planetarium Show Times:

Saturday, Nov 10

  • 11am, Kavli Fulldome Lecture “The Cosmos In A Heartbeat”
  • 12noon, Perfect Little Planet
  • 1pm, Touring the Solar System: Gas Giants Edition
  • 2pm, Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 3pm, Tucson Sky & Beyond
  • 4pm, We Are Stars
  • 5pm, From Earth to the Universe
  • 6pm, Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • 7pm, Tucson Sky & Beyond
  • 8pm, Laser Stranger Things
  • 9pm, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Fulldome
  • 10pm, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Laser Show