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Astronomy Day

Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 10:00am - 5:00pm

Calling all wanna-be astronauts, stargazers, and astronomy lovers of all ages!

Join us for this year’s Astronomy Day at LASM on Saturday, April 22, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium!

Astronomy Day will begin with Stargazing in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium at 10 AM, a live, presenter-led weekly program in which “young astronomers” can learn about the seasonal constellations currently viewable in our local nighttime sky, followed by Magic Tree House: Space Mission, a family-friendly show suitable for all ages. Shows in the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium will run every hour on the hour until the museum closes at 5 PM.  

In addition to the engaging activities facilitated by the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, and Home Depot from 10 AM- 2 PM, NASA Solar System Ambassador Linda Gauthier will be available to interact with visitors and to answer questions about the lunar samples from LASM’s collection that will be on display during this event. BASF-sponsored Pop-up Science will also feature astronomy-related activities for visitors of all ages throughout the day. 

Young scientists ages 6-12 and their accompanying adults are also invited to participate in BASF’s Kids’ Lab hands-on chemistry workshops during Astronomy Day at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM. Each participant will receive a BASF-branded tote bag that includes a lab apron and safety glasses. Visit tinyurl.com/BASFsKidsLabatLASM by Thursday, April 20 to learn more and to preregister for this exciting program; after April 20, participants may also register on-site during Astronomy Day, as space permits. 


LASM is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the state of Louisiana, with several planetarium and astronomy-inspired events and campaigns this spring, including 225GIVES on Thursday, May 4, and Dinner Under the Stars: Starry Night on Thursday, May 18. A portion of proceeds from each of these events will go benefit the museum’s “Light LASM: The Star of BR” campaign, which will fund lighting the exterior of the historic building that houses LASM. 

All Astronomy Day activities and unlimited Irene W. Pennington Planetarium shows are included in the price of general museum admission, which is $12 for adults, $10 for children (3-12) and senior adults (65+), and always free for members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at tinyurl.com/AstronomyDay2023 or at the museum’s admissions desk on Astronomy Day.