Activities Calendar

Astronomy Night

APRIL 6, 2024

Join us for a night that is out of this world. Morrill Hall will be open late just for this event.

Time: 5:00-9:00pm
Pricing: Included with admission (members get in free). Current admission discounts including Museums for All ($1 for those qualifying for WIC/SNAP/EBT) are valid for this event.
Parking: Free parking in lot outside Morrill Hall
Tickets: Advance tickets are encouraged to streamline admission process, but not required.


  • Live planetarium show: Pluto: Debating the fate of a planet (tickets are separate)
  • Meet Lincoln's NASA ambassador.
  • Experience NASA eClips activities created and presented by Upward Bound students.
  • Prairie Astronomy club
  • Additional hands-on activities from our community partners.

Guest Speaker: We are joined by Dr. Bharat Ratra, Distinguished Professor at Kansas State in Manhattan who will talk about the expansion of the universe. Dr. Ratra works in the area of cosmology and astroparticle physics. He researches the structure and evolution of the universe. Learn more about Dr. Ratra, his work, and his accomplishments by clicking HERE.

Presentation times
6:20 pm, 7:20 pm


Pluto – Planet? Or not? Join us in a 35-minute live-narrated planetarium experience where we will take you into space to hear various sides of the argument!
This new program was created and will be presented by Upward Bound Students, scholars from several Lincoln high schools, working in partnership with museum educators to create this new product. It’s time to be schooled by the next generation of scientists! So, sit back and relax as you fly through space in this brand-new, live-narrated planetarium show.

5:45 pm
6:45 pm
7:45 pm

Tickets can be purchased from the museum front desk at the standard planetarium show pricing. Stargazer level museum members get in free (acquire free ticket at front desk).

Special thanks to the following organizations for participating in Astronomy Night:

  • Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum
  • Nebraska Center for Materials & Nanoscience
  • Upward Bound
  • Prairie Astronomy Club
  • NASA Ambassador of Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Kansas State University Department of Physics