Starry Nights Live!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Laser Galactic Odyssey
A musical tour of the galaxy that mixes stellar lasers with science fiction themes, rock and electronic music. Song selections include Peter Schilling’s Major Tom, Jamiroquai’s Cosmic Girl, ELO’s Fire on High and others.
Galaxy Song – Monty Python
Elevation – U2
Major Tom – Peter Schilling
Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednexx
Fire on High – ELO
Duration: 25 mins. | Rating: All Ages
ASTRONAUT takes you from Earth into space... and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad,' our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth. Note: Show has motions that may cause some viewers to feel dizzy.
Duration: 24 mins. | Rating: Grades 4 and up
Song List includes:
Don't Get Lost In Heaven
On Melancholy Hill
Tomorrow Comes Today
Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head
Rock The House
Feel Good Inc.
Duration: TBA | Rating: All Ages
Laser Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Song List includes:
Speak to Me
On the Run
The Great Gig in the Sky
Us and Them
Any Colour You Like
Duration: 45 mins.
Star Party: Autumnal Equinox Celebration
$5 Parking Per Vehicle Parking Fee
On Saturday, September 17, OMSI, Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers will celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free Star Party! Join us as we gaze at the heavens from Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at sunset. The party is free with $5 parking per vehicle parking fee. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the stars and other objects through a variety of telescopes. Viewing highlights include Venus, Mars, Saturn and more!
Join us as we gaze at the pre-autumn night sky at Rooster Rock State Park, located 22 miles east of Portland on I-84 just east of Sandy River at exit 25. To reach L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The event starts at sunset and is free with $5 parking per vehicle. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check back here for possible weather-related cancellations.
Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended. Personal telescopes and binoculars are welcome.
Rooster Rock State Park | Take I-84 east of the Sandy River at exit 25. The park is located 22 miles east of Portland.
L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park | Take US-26 west of Portland and turn right on OR-47. The park is located 34 miles west of Portland.
2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
On August 21, 2017, Oregon will be the first to see the total eclipse of the Sun. Join OMSI at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where we will celebrate the unique experience of complete darkness for close to two minutes. The Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include science lectures, astronomy-related community groups, entertainment, and more.
Get there early! Doors open at 6AM. The main event will begin around 9AM and the Total Eclipse will be at 10:18AM. A full schedule of activities is coming soon.
Parking and camping will be available through the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Check back here for more information coming soon.
Tickets will go on sale August 25, 2016 at 10am. Check back here for the link to buy tickets.
General Admission $8 Adults (14-62), $6 Youth (3-13), $6 Seniors (63+). OMSI members receive 15% off. Tickets include a seat in the LB Day Amphitheater and a solar eclipse viewer.
The Viewing Part is rain or shine; all tickets are non-refundable.
Please note: You MUST use a solar eclipse viewer to watch this extraordinary event.
For more information 503.797.4529 or email@example.com.
About the Eclipse
A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves right in front of the sun, covering it completely for a very short time. It darkens the whole sky, lets you look right at the sun*, and shows you the beautiful corona that surrounds the sun. Stars come out, the horizon glows with a 360-degree sunset, the temperature drops, and day turns into night. Oregon is on the center line and several cities around the state will experience maximum totality.
On the beach in Oregon, just north of Newport, the shadow will first touch land at about 10:15am, and will experience a full minute and fifty seconds of totality. The actual centerline of the eclipse path will hit solid ground six seconds later, and plunge Lincoln Beach and Depoe Bay into darkness for one minute and 58 seconds!
It will take only two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival. Salem, Dallas, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Philomath, McMinnville, and Woodburn, will experience various lengths of totality based on their varying distances from the centerline. At the Oregon State Fairgrounds, we will be treated to one minute and 54.5 seconds of shadow at just after 10:17am.
The eclipse will travel through the forests of central Oregon, hitting the mountains at Madras and Warm Springs at about 10:19am. Mitchell and Prairie City will be next, and the shadow will leave Oregon just north of Ontario. The majority of the Pacific Northwest, including Portland and Eugene, are NOT in the path of totality, will witness a partial eclipse ranging from 88% to 99%.
The eclipse will continue across the United States where Illinois will experience the longest eclipse duration at two minutes and 41 seconds. The final shadow will be over the Atlantic Ocean near the west coast of Africa. See a map of the full eclipse path.
*Note: Only look at the sun when it is 100% covered. You must use special solar viewing glasses whenever the sun isn’t completely eclipsed or it may cause irreparable eye damage. Viewing Party tickets include solar viewing glasses.