Observing the eclipse in front of the planetarium with the CNCP Coronado Solar Telescope. Your hosts/guides are the Graesles, a pair of astronomers from SW FL Astronomical Society! A *LIMITED* number of Solar eclipse glasses available for when you are not looking through the telescope (sorry there are only a[…]
The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium (CNCP) is about to be one of only four places in the USA where visitors can experience direct Mars contact! CNCP is one of only four host-facilities in the USA that will offer the extremely rare opportunity to not only see a piece of[…]
We at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium are proud to present Florida Wildlife Corridor’s ‘The Forgotten Coast’ in place of the 3 pm planetarium show on Friday August 4th, Saturday August 5th and Sunday August 6th. This special screening is the epic story of an expedition along Florida’s west coast[…]
Planetarium: July 22 Premiere Screening of “The Farthest” Commemorates Voyager Mission’s 40th Anniversary
The Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium will host a pre-TV-release screening of the PBS documentary, “The Farthest,” on July 22, 2017 at 2 pm and 6 pm. The daytime show is open (with a suggested donation) to any museum visitor with regular admission to Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium. The[…]
The quarterly Laser Light Shows at Calusa Nature Center Planetarium are back: get your Laser on! Schedule: http://calusanature.org/laser-shows/
This month’s speaker will be L. Scott Flaig. His topic is “Cosmology: The Nature of Time” Scott Flaig presents a composite view (which he likens to a full spectrographic view of a cosmic object) of time as understood through science, theology and philosophy. Mr. Flaig’s position is that all three viewpoints are essential[…]
20 years ago, the (unmanned!) Cassini probe was launched on a mission to Saturn. It encountered the amazing ringed giant and orbited outside the rings for 13 years, but now Cassini has begun the final portion of its mission: a series of daring dives in between the rings and the[…]
Back by popular demand, this is a March Madness laser extravaganza… Shows at 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm on each of the evenings listed below. Tickets at the door: $10/adult/show. Matinee kid-laser shows are M 3/20 – F 3/24 at 4 pm (see below). For full show descriptions, see[…]
SWFAS members spend a lot of time in our local parks, looking up at the stars and planets, so it’s natural to wonder about the planet on which we stand — and specifically, our local part of it. Imagine a school of fish swimming in your backyard, a shark hunting[…]
Jan 25th update from (opens in new tab) EarthSky.org: An asteroid designated 2017 BX – found just days ago, on January 20 – passed between the Earth and moon on late Tuesday night according to clocks in the Americas. The asteroid’s closest approach was 11:45 EST on January 24, 2017[…]
Friday, January 13th, 2017 Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium Astronomy News Bulletin: Get in on the Pro-Am Comet Observing Action! Remember, the campaign starts later THIS MONTH: https://astronomynow.com/2016/11/24/worldwide-pro-am-help-sought-for-comet-trio-study/. The actual page with details is at the Planetary Sciences Institute, here: http://www.psi.edu/41P45P46P
News from American Astronomical Society January Meeting: A Pair of Colliding Stars will Change the Night Sky in 2022!
(To see the full image, please click the picture above) Monday, January 9th, 2017 Astronomy News Bulletin: Calvin College professor Larry Molnar and his students along with colleagues from Apache Point Observatory (Karen Kinemuchi) and the University of Wyoming (Henry Kobulnicky) are predicting a change to the night sky that[…]
On Thursday, January 5th. at 7:30 pm in the Planetarium, SW Florida Astronomical Society will host a speaker from the National Park Service/Big Cypress National Preserve. Big Cypress just earned official Dark Sky Park status. Luke Gommermann, who has been spearheading the program, was to speak, but he just got[…]
Registration is still open for Winter 2016 Day Camps — fill your child’s holiday with fun, nature, science, and hands-on creative activities at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium: ten excellent themed day-camps offer lots of variety! Ages 5-12 (grades K-6; minimum age is 5 years). Calusa’s Winter Day Camp is[…]
Take pictures with Santa! Visit with some of our animals, walk along the holiday lights trail, do holiday crafts, enjoy refreshments, a bonfire and a special seasonally-themed planetarium show!
December 1st 7:30 pm – SW FL Astronomical Society Meeting in the Planetarium – Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU
TH Dec 1st Meeting – Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes, a talk by Dr. Ken Watanabe from FGCU On Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the planetarium, Dr. Ken Watanabe will once again present to the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society. Dr. Watanabe will discuss some of his experiences working at the NASA[…]
Homeschool Class: 2nd-3rd grade: Our Amazing Solar System (Astronomy) Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Our Grade-Specific Homeschool classes make it easy for you to plan enrichment activities for your homeschool students! Corresponds to 2nd-3rd grade nature of science, physical science and earth science objectives. Please use the[…]
SW Florida Astronomical Society pleased to announce that John Jardine Goss, Astronomical League President will be speaking at our Thursday November 3rd meeting at the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium in Fort Myers at 7:30pm. The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in astronomy. Join us as John presents[…]
Fun preschool class includes a story, learning activities, a craft, and a short planetarium show. Limited class size: reserve your child’s space. Please use the “RSVP Here” tab on our website to make sure your teacher is aware you are coming! www.calusanature.org Included with admission.
August 13th Saturday meteorite unveiling: special planetarium shows about meteorites and meteors, asteroids, and comets! Activities, Talk on meteorites at 1 pm, unveiling at 2, silent auction and raffle, geocaching, and more!