Educational Programs

Sky This Month Evening Planetarium Show

1st & 3rd Saturday evenings of each month
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Please use the links on our homepage to make a reservation.


    • $8 for ages 13 and up
    • $6 for ages 4-12
    • Free for members of Bishop Museum and the Hawaii Astronomical Society


    Program Description:

    The Sky This Month (60 min)

    Explore the wonders of the Hawaiian night sky in this live evening program, in the completely-renovated J. Watumull Planetarium. Bishop Museum’s new hybrid system, which opened in December 2012, provides “the best of both worlds” by combining a new star machine with immersive full dome video. Our state-of-the-art Chronos II star projector, with its 7,000 pin-point stars and its brilliant planets, recreates the night sky with unparalleled accuracy and beauty. The immersive Digistar full-dome video system will take you through the rings of Saturn or into the heart of the Orion Nebula. In the first part of The Sky This Month we’ll use the Chronos II star machine explore the current night sky using a star map for Hawaii’s latitude (provided to all audience members as part of the show). We’ll also talk about upcoming astronomical events for the month. For the last part of the show we’ll use our immersive Digistar video system to take you from the Hawaiian Islands to the depths of space.

    After the program ends at 9 p.m., if the skies are clear, we will go to the viewing deck above the planetarium to find constellations and planets in the real sky. Also, weather permitting, we will go to the Bishop Museum observatory next door and peer at objects in the night sky with our telescope, which has a 12.5 inch diameter mirror. Please note that both the observatory and viewing deck experiences depend on the skies being at least somewhat clear.


    • Sky this Month programs presented by Planetarium Director Mike Shanahan feature live musical interludes on classical guitar during the sunset sequence (as we pass through the night, etc.).  The programs featuring Mike and his guitar are marked by musical notes as follows ♫

    Other Details:

    • This is a different show from our daily "Sky Tonight" shows, which do not require reservations. Click here to see a schedule of our daily planetarium programs.
    • Show length is 1 hour.
    • There is no late seating. Please arrive by 7:45 p.m.
    • We have no restriction on children of any age, but do ask parents to consider whether their child can sit through an hour-long planetarium program. If you do bring a young child, please be considerate of others and exit the theater if they are crying or restless.
    • We keep the planetarium fairly cool due to the needs of our star system, so it is a good idea to bring a light sweater.


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