Astronomy Day 2022

Astronomy Day Saturday, May 7th. Update: Due to inclement weather, we will NOT have telescopes available. 11am-3pm: Join us in the planetarium lobby for astronomy demonstrations, crafts, giveaways, and more! Included with General Admission!
From Astronomy Day 2021:


Due to inclement weather, there will be no telescopes or observing on Saturday, May 7th.

All other astronomy day activities will continue as planned!

Note: All planetarium show tickets include general admission (access to the exhibits in the Vanderbilt Mansion, Marine Museum, all grounds and gardens, and our astronomy day celebration).

Astronomy Day: Science Demos, Hands-on Projects, Telescope Viewing

The Vanderbilt Reichert Planetarium and National Grid will present Astronomy Day 2022 on Saturday, May 7. Astronomy Day at the Vanderbilt is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. Daytime and evening activities are free to all visitors who pay general admission.

The event is made possible by a Project C Workforce Development Grant from National Grid.

Daytime program – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

This Vanderbilt STEM education event will include exciting science, take-home materials, and engaging discussion about science and society. Participants will create nebula spin art, investigate constellations, explore craters, and much more! These fun activities introduce guests to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of Earth science, planetary science and astrophysics. Astronomy educators will perform free earth science and astronomy demonstrations for adults and children. Toolkits for these demonstrations were developed by the National Informal Science Education Network (NISE NET).

Evening program – 8:00 to 11:00 pm

Due to inclement weather, there will be no evening telescopes or observing.

Our full-dome Planetarium shows at 8 & 9pm and our Laser Light show at 10pm will continue as scheduled.