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Shows are presented Friday at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets are only $5! Prices vary for specialty shows where noted

Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

Celebrate Saturn as we showcase its mysterious rings, fantastic ice moons, and largest moon Titan, with its lakes of liquid nitrogen!
October 19, 20, 26 & 27 and November 9 & 10

Star of Wonder

What was the mysterious star that guided the Magi? Could it have been a comet, a meteor or a supernova? How might an astronomer explain it? Find out as we take the Planetarium back in time more than 2,000 years to recreate the skies over Judea. Star of Wonder has been a family holiday tradition since 1993.
November 30 and December 1, 7 & 8

Yuletides Live Holiday Concert

Enjoy a holiday concert “under the stars” with the electronic music of world-renowned composer and artist Jonn Serrie!
Saturday, December 8 at 4:00 & 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15.


On Sunday, January 20, 2019, there will be a total lunar eclipse: Florida and all of North and South America will experience the entire event—weather permitting. Find out more about this special occasion as the Hallstrom Planetarium presents the special show, Eclipse! Discover new details about lunar and solar eclipses, transits, and occultations!
January 11, 12, 18 & 19

Total Lunar Eclipse

The Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium will be open, and members of the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will host guided views of the total lunar eclipse. Telescopes will be set up in the Brinkley Science Center (building N) parking lot, beginning around 10:00 p.m. First contact with the earth’s umbral shadow occurs at 10:33 p.m. Totality will occur at 11:41 p.m. and will end at 12:12 a.m. on Monday. The moon will be restored to its accustomed shape by 1:50 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, January 20, 10:00 p.m.—1:50 a.m. (Monday)

Astronomy Day (and Night!)  

Join Indian River State College and the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society for a free open house. With telescopes, guest speakers, handouts, planetarium mini-shows and guided views of the sky—weather permitting.
Saturday, February 9, 3:00—9:00 p.m.

Phantom of the Universe

Astronomers are attracted to things that shine out in the darkness: stars, planets, galaxies and quasars, but most of the “stuff” of the Universe cannot be seen by the eye. See what can’t be seen in this far-out show, narrated by Scottish actress Tilda Swinton (Narnia, Dr. Strange.)
February 22 & 23 and March 8 & 9

Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories

It’s a camping trip under the stars as Grampa tells the family about the bears in the sky and how they got their long tails. Learn about the myths and stories of the springtime evening skies in this award-winning program about the constellations.
April 12 & 13, May 10 & 11 and June 14 & 15


New this year, the Indian River State College Hallstrom Planetarium will present a series of STEAM Talks. We’ve added an “A” to the acronym “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), because these talks also address topics in the Arts (the humanities.) These 45-minute presentations take place at 4:00 p.m. on select Saturdays and are free and open to the public.

A Year Full of Stars

Join Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell as he previews some of the awesome, upcoming sky events, including a total lunar eclipse scheduled for January 20, 2019; some great views of the moon and planets; and a whole new season of planetarium shows! Telescope viewing provided by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society, follows the talk—weather permitting. September 15, 4:00 p.m., Free

The Moon Belongs to Everyone

Investigate the moon in folklore, fiction, and fact and discuss the moon as a way of telling time and as a way of finding direction. Learn some of the basic moon features, and take a look at science discoveries from its exploration. Additionally, see what’s being planned for a return trip to the moon, Earth’s nearest neighbor in space! Telescope viewing provided by the Treasure Coast Astronomical Society follows the presentation—weather permitting. November 17, 4:00 p.m., Free

NASA Update

Hear Russell R. Romanella, former Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, discuss NASA, the space program, and the exploration of the Universe. The Treasure Coast Astronomical Society will provide exhibits with telescopes, activities for the family, and guided views of the sky (including safe, filtered solar viewing) after the presentation—weather permitting. February 9, 2019, 4:00 p.m., Free

MARVELous Myths!

Join Dr. Scott Fynboe, of the Indian River State College English and Modern Languages Department, as he examines the deep connections between mythology and some of today’s most celebrated “superheroes.” Beginning with Superman, Dr. Fynboe will discuss how classic myths have influenced comic-book characters including Superman, Thor, and Black Panther. Learn how science and technology may be able to duplicate their amazing feats. March 30, 4:00 p.m., Free

Comfortably Numb—Anesthesiology in History and Modern Practice

Join Dr. James Agnew of the Indian River State College Biological Sciences Department, for a discussion of the history of anesthesiology, including its first uses in dentistry in the late 19th century. April 20, 4:00 p.m., Free

Robotics: Thinking, Hearing and Vision

Explore the world of advanced robotics as Professor Paul Godfrey of the Indian River State College Electronics Engineering Technology Department presents ideas on robotic thinking in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and neural networks, hearing and speech recognition, visual recognition and see-in-the-dark technology. Discuss the concepts of out-of-control A.I.s and rampaging robots from popular movies like I, Robot; 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Terminator with a view toward whether such ideas are possible or likely. May 25, 4:00 p.m., Free

September 15
STEAM Talk: A Year Fill of Stars

October 19, 20, 26 & 27, November 9 & 10
Planetarium Show: Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

November 30, December 1, 7 & 8
Planetarium Show: Star of Wonder

November 17
STEAM Talk: The Moon Belongs to Everyone

December 8
Concert: Yuletides

January 11, 12, 18 & 19
Planetarium show: Eclipse!

January 20
Guided sky event: Total Lunar Eclipse

February 9Open House: Astronomy Day (and Night!)

February 9STEAM Talk: NASA Update

February 22 & 23, March 8 & 9
Planetarium show: Phantom of the Universe

March 30
STEAM Talk: MARVELous Myths!

April 12 & 13
Planetarium show: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories

April 20
STEAM Talk: Comfortably Numb – Anesthesiology in History and Modern Practice

May 10 & 11Planetarium show: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories

May 25
STEAM Talk: Robotics: Thinking, Hearing and Vision

June 14 & 15
Planetarium show: Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories

Sky Shows for Young Astronomers

Kid Space

Visit the Hallstrom Planetarium at 11:00 a.m. on select Saturdays for Kid Space. During Kid Space, children ages four to 12—on scientific voyages of discovery to learn about the stars, constellations, moon, planets and explorations of outer space. All adults must be accompanied by at least one four-to-12-year-old child. $5 per person.

2018: October 20 & 27, November 10 and December 1 & 8

2019: January 12 & 19, February 23, March 9, April 13 and May 11 & June 15


Hosted by IRSC Planetarium Director Jon U. Bell

Listen to one-minute updates of the sky and astronomy on WQCS 88.9 FM National Public Radio at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m., and 12:59 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Classroom Field Trips Free Planetarium shows are available October through May during school hours to K-12 public, private and home school classes from Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties. Programs are available to other school or community groups of 40 or more for a fee. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 772-462-7503.

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