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 2014 - 2015 Shows at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
Here are the feature films and star shows playing from November 24, 2014 through January 11, 2015. 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.
Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions - Based on the popular book and website "Bad Astronomy" by author Phil Plait, this wacky-but-wise planetarium show entertains audiences of all ages with an inside look at out-of-this-world myths and misconceptions, including astrology, the moon hoax, UFOs and others. Discover for yourself that "the truth is out there!"
Showtimes - Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Additional showings at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Impact Earth and Seasonal Stargazing - This one's all about meteors, asteroids and comets, oh my! Learn from recent NASA explorations how asteroid hunters seek new objects in the solar system, how ground-penetrating radar finds meteorites embedded in the Earth, and how these fascinating sky fliers can pose potential dangers to life on our planet. You'll also see what's up in the winter sky during the Seasonal Stargazing segment.
Showtimes - Daily at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Season of Light and Seasonal Stargazing - Come and celebrate many of the world's holiday customs and explore how diverse cultures light up the season! The show is narrated by National Public Radio's Noah Adams. You'll also see what's up in the winter sky during the Seasonal Stargazing segment.
Showtimes - Daily at 6 p.m.
Family Show: Legends of the Night Sky: Orion - On this adventure for all ages and especially fun for young children, we'll take a light-hearted look at the ancient Greek mythology behind the winter constellations, featuring funny and engaging characters like Aesop the Owl and Socrates the mouse who will entertain and educate us all.
Showtimes - Saturdays Sundays, holidays, WCSD winter break at 11 a.m.
Family Show: Perfect Little Planet - Greetings, Earthlings! Imagine the ultimate space vacation! For space travelers of all ages, we'll search the galaxy to find the best destinations, taking us over Pluto, through the rings of Saturn, across the storms of Jupiter and much more. For children in grades K-3 but fun for all ages.
Showtimes - Saturdays Sundays, holidays, WCSD winter break 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 The Wall - This classic rock 'n' roll album is recreated in a fulldome music and light show with full-color HD animation and mind-blowing surround sound. (Note: Contains mature lyrics and themes.)
Showtimes - Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Monthly Star Party at the MacLean Observatory - During the winter, Fleischmann Planetarium holds free telescope viewing the first Friday of every month, November through February, at the MacLean Observatory on the UNR Redfield Campus, weather permitting. Weather conditions that may cause cancellation include cloud cover, haze, precipitation, wind and cold temperatures. The MacLean Observatory is located at 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 the first Friday of the Month (weather permitting) - November, 2014 through February, 2015, 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 Street 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 2014 - 2015 Hours at the Fleischmann Planetarium
- Sunday - 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.
- Early Closing on December 24 and 31 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Closed on December 25 and January 1
Source: Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center.