Exploration Dome shows scheduled for Friday, December 6 are canceled. For information about shows scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 & Sunday, Dec. 8, please call Visitor Services at 541-682-7895.
Imagine navigating through the brain as part of a virtual voyage through the human body, living through an ice age after a mass extinction event, navigating the deep ocean, or experiencing a rocket launch as you travel to space as an astronaut! The Science Factory Exploration Dome delivers truly immersive virtual adventures that engage all the senses, making it a highly rewarding and powerful educational experience.
Playing Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30 am, 12 noon, 3 pm.
This 20-minute show gives audiences an introduction to the season's night sky, including stars, constellations and related stories. By the end, you'll be able to identify all the major sky players and tell stories about them! Most suitable for children ages 7 and up. Note: Seasonal Stargazing show changes after each seasonal solstice.
OUR CHANGING SKY
Playing Saturdays: September 21, October 5, December 7, and December 14 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Susan Peterson, Planetarium Director.
The Sun seems to move across the sky, the Moon changes its phase, the planets move across the backdrop of the stars and even the stars shift their positions with the night and the seasons. We will explore these celestial movements and discover their causes.
Playing Sundays: September 29, October 27, and December 8 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Rick Nelson, Planetarium Volunteer.
Dark matter makes up 85% of the matter in the universe; but we can't see it. We can only infer its presence by its gravitational effect. Come see what we do know about it, and why it is important. There will be a 20 minute presentation, and 15-20 minutes of discussion. Most suitable for ages 8 and up.
WHAT'S UP? NEW DISCOVERIES IN ASTRONOMY
Playing Sunday October 12 at 1 pm.
Presented live by Dr. Scott Fisher, University of Oregon.
There has been an explosion of new discovires in astronomy lately, from new planets orbiting other stars to supernovae exploding on the other side of the Universe. Dr. Fisher explains these discoveries with a wealth of new photos and videos. Bring your questions about astronomy and see if you can "stump the astronomer"! Most suitable for ages 8 and up.
COMETS: HAIRY STARS, HARBINGERS OF DOOM OR JUST DIRTY SNOWBALLS
Playing Saturdays in November (2,9,23,30) at 1 pm.
Presented live by Jerry Oltion, Eugene Astronomical Society.
Throughout history comets have been called hairy stars and were considered harbingers of doom. Today, we know better. With the approach of Comet ISON, we have an opportunity to see and enjoy one of these celestial visitors. Join us as Jerry Oltion discusses Comet ISON and comets in general. Most suitable for ages 8 and up.
LOSING THE DARK
Light pollution is an ever-increasing challenge that not only diminishes our view of the night sky but also damages the environment and wildlife and even our own health. This program examines the issue and how we can all be part of the solution. Suitable for all ages.
LEGENDS OF THE NIGHT SKY: PERSEUS AND ANDROMEDA
This is a light-hearted take of high adventure immortalized in some of the constellations of the night sky. Follow our heros as kingdoms are threatened, Princess Andromeda is sacrificed to save the people and Perseus battles terrifying monsters to save the princess. Most suitable for ages5 and up.
SIZING UP SPACE
Sizing Up Space explores the scale of the universe. We begin here on Earth, then travel into space to learn about distances in space and how we measure them. On the way, we visit the nearest star beyond our solar system, and the gas and dust of the Orion Nebula and the Ring Nebula. Then we leave the Milky Way to both look back at our home and turn our attention even farther out into space. Most suitable for ages 6 and up.
Sue Peterson is the Planetarium Director at the Science Factory.
For a full list of shows available for school group visits, click here.