The J. Watumull Planetarium

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Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium

Please note: Bishop Museum's J. Watumull Planetarium will be closed for annual maintenance from Monday September 22 through Wednesday September 24, 2014, and there will be no programs in the star theater on those days.

Come experience our Bishop Museum J. Watumull Planetarium, renovated in December 2012! Our ChronosII star machine provides one of the most vivid, realistic recreations of the night sky available today, with 8,500 pinpoint stars and realistic, bright planets. Our Digistar full dome video system covers the entire dome in immersive video, allowing us to fly through the rings of Saturn or into the depths of the Orion nebula. The late 2012 renovations also include a seamless interior dome, a 5.1 sound system and LED lighting system.

Daily Schedule - Through September 1, 2014

11:00 - In My Backyard - 25 minutes
Explore the moon, planets and stars using music and the resources of our fully-renovated planetarium. Great for children ages 3 – 8, and everyone else with them! Sponsored by the Samuel M. & Mary Castle Foundation.

11:30 - The Sky Tonight - 25 Minutes
In this live program you'll explore the current evening sky in Hawai'i under the guidance of one of our planetarium presenters, enhanced with our new fulldome Digistar 4 system. You'll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight's constellations and planets.

12:45 - Explorers of Polynesia - JAPANESE
From Hawai'i to Tahiti by the stars. This classic program explores the early history of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a and gives you a chance to try your hand at navigation.

1:30 - Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars - 45 minutes
This brand new fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūle'a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation and find your own way to Tahiti from Hawai'i. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.

2:30 - Planetarium Fun Show - 25 minutes
Explore some of the fun things with our planetarium, from a lovely sunset to a flight through Saturn’s rings.  

3:30 - The Sky Tonight - 25 minutes
In this live program you'll explore the current evening sky in Hawai'i under the guidance of one of our planetarium presenters, enhanced with our new fulldome Digistar 4 system. You'll get a star map (yours to take home!) to help find tonight's constellations and planets.

Evening planetarium programs: www.bishopmuseum.org/planetarium/skytonight.html

More Resources

Interested in learning about the night skies of Hawai‘i? If you can't visit us in person use some of the materials organized here to explore the stars, planets, and more.

Star maps of the Hawaiian sky for each month and the sunrise and sunset times for the Hawaiian Islands are also available on the right hand column.

About the Planetarium

Bishop Museum’s Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium was the first planetarium in Polynesia. Originally called the Kilolani Planetarium, the Watumull Planetarium has served over six million visitors and students since it opened its doors on December 11, 1961. The planetarium has 70 seats and serves 70,000 people a year. The planetarium focuses on programs about Hawai‘i; a hallmark of its programs is the blending of live and prerecorded elements within each program.

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