October 17–19, 2014

The Friends of the Planetarium organizes and hosts public programs for one weekend each month. We've chosen themes for each month, and all the activities or presentations for a given weekend will be related in some way to the chosen theme. The Friends of the Planetarium uses donations from the community to purchase digital full-dome programming to complement the library being developed by Arlington Public Schools. Here is our schedule for the current season.

The theme for October is Planets & The Moon

Friday, October 17, 2014:
Screening of the digital program Oasis in Space

One of Spitz’ most popular full-dome shows, Oasis in Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. Spitz Creative Media.

Target Audience: all ages

Running Time: 24 minutes

Doors Open: 7:00 p.m. Show Begins: 7:30 p.m.

Immediately following Oasis in Space, stay for “Lunacy: Moon Facts or Fallacies” as we debunk popular lunar myths and fallacies.

Saturday October 18, 2014:
Apollo 13

Apollo 13. Credit: Imagine Entertainment/Universal Pictures.

Movie Night at the Planetarium” featuring APOLLO 13, a 1995 motion picture based on the true story of the 13th Apollo mission in 1970. Astronauts Lovell, Haise and Swigert were scheduled to fly Apollo 14 to the Moon, but were moved up to Apollo 13. There was little public interest in this “routine” flight until things started to go very wrong, and the chance of a safe return began to seem remote.

Starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise and other familiar faces.

Rated PG for language and emotional intensity (Details courtesy of IMDB.com)

Running time: 140 minutes

Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. Film Begins: 6:30 p.m.


Immediately following Apollo 13, stay for “Lunacy: Moon Facts or Fallacies” as we debunk popular lunar myths and fallacies.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

1) Sunday Science Presentation: “MAVEN: Mission to Mars”

Dr. Harold A. Geller. Credit: Dr. Harold A. Geller.

Dr. Harold A. Geller is Observatory Director and Term Associate Professor at George Mason University (GMU) in the School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences. He will join us to provide background and updates on the MAVEN mission, a NASA probe that arrived in Mars's orbit in mid-September 2014 after traveling 442 million miles in the course of 10 months to get there.

Target Audience: all ages

Running Time: 60 minutes (including ample Q&A)

Doors Open: 1:00 p.m. Presentation Begins: 1:30 p.m.

2) Screening of the digital program Magic Tree House® Space Mission

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer the questions left for them in a mysterious note signed “–M.” The show begins with narration by Mary Pope Osborne, author of the best-selling Magic Tree House® children’s book series. Viewers will find themselves perched high in the trees as Jack and Annie discover the note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. Magic Tree House® Space Mission is best suited for ages 5 to 12 and their families. Older children familiar with the book series may also enjoy the show.

Target Audience: ages 5 to 12 and their families

Running Time: 35 minutes

Doors Open: 2:30 p.m. Show Begins: 3 p.m.

Immediately following the movie, stay for “Lunacy: Moon Facts or Fallacies” as we debunk popular lunar myths and fallacies.

The David M. Brown Planetarium is located at 1426 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22207.

Admission for all programs is $3 for Children (up to age 12), $5 for Friends, Members, and Seniors (60+), and $7 for teens and adults.

Seats can be reserved on this website right now. Just click on the event you would like to attend in the boxed schedules at the top or bottom of this page and use our online form to buy tickets and reserve your spot. Some of the seating will be held for walk-in visitors. Unclaimed reserved seats will be released when the show begins. Tickets purchased in advance are refundable for any reason until the show for which they were purchased begins. Online ticketing will end 30 minutes prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

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