Laser Holiday Magic
It's the holiday season at OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. This highly popular program features a mix of everyone's favorite holiday music, and gives new meaning to the term "holiday lights."
Duration: 25 minutes | Rating: All Ages
The universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined. As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries we have yet to solve—in Dark Universe. With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it—and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Starry Nights Live!
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars everyone can see in the night sky—planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI space science educator.
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is “xing xing” (pronounced sing sing). How many “xing xing” do you see in this sky?
When Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu "travel" to the moon, they discover some basic but surprising scientific facts. For example, they can't fly a kite there because there is no wind. The fuzzy friends then excitedly realize that children like to fly kites in both China and the United States!
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Laser Stranger Things
Can't get enough of the retro vibe from the hit series Stranger Things? Experience '80s tunes and soundscapes from the show reinterpreted in vibrant laser lights as you take a trip to the upside-down within the safety of the dome!
Laser Pink Floyd: The Vision Bell
Song List includes:
Any Colour You Like
Have A Cigar
Wish you Were Here
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1)
The Happiest Day of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall ( Pt. 2)
Is There Anybody Out There?
Pigs on the Wing (Pt. 2)
Duration: TBA | Rating: All Ages
Laser Space Odyssey
Laser Space Odyssey is a tour of the universe - musically speaking. This program combines some of Laser Fantasy’s most ambitious out-of-this-world animation with beautiful imagery.
Laser Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Led
In the Evening
Livin' Lovin' Maid
Babe (I'm Gonna Leave You) - LUMIA
Stairway to Heaven
Dazed and Confused
The Song Remains the Same
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall
In the Flesh
The Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1)
The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 3)
Goodbye Cruel World
Is There Anybody out There?
The Show Must Go On
Run Like Hell
Duration: 45 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Kendall Concerts Presents Harlowe
Doors open @ 7:30PM; Music starts @ 8:00PM | $15 tickets | Parking is free
Beer, wine, snacks and more! Concessions available for purchase at the Empirical Theater Cafe until show time.
Kendall Concerts: Music Under the Dome is a monthly planetarium concert series combining live performances with stunning visuals in riots of color, shape and movement, enveloping the audience into an adventure of the senses without ever having to leave their seat.
Harlowe is the moniker for the songs of Mark Robertson, often with collaborators from the collective umbrella of Sleepy Volcano in Portland, Oregon USA. The debut recording titled “The Swell”  made its quiet debut on a small run of cassette tapes distributed by hand throughout the Pacific Northwest, Western Europe and Iceland. The second full length recording titled “Curses”  is a more reckless and lo-fi collection of songs intermixed with eclectic instrumental soundscapes, released October of 2017.
Kendall Concerts is an all ages, monthly music series. For more information please contact email@example.com.
FOR PATRONS AND VISITORS WITH MOBILITY DISABILITIES
OMSI’s building has accessible entrances, and the Kendall Planetarium is located on the ground floor.
OMSI reserves accessible seating space for patrons using wheelchairs and their companion(s). You can purchase wheelchair seating by phone, in person, and online. For more information about accessibility, please contact Kathleen Meyer at 503.797.5411 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patron Drop-off Zones
Curbside drop-off zones are located along the front plaza, with easy access to the Kendall Planetarium.
Patrons who wish to use an OMSI wheelchair may request a courtesy wheelchair from the Concierge window located next to the Main Lobby. We encourage you to notify OMSI in advance at 503.797.4511 as courtesy wheelchairs are limited.
OMSI has public restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. Gendered public restrooms are located in the Kendall Planetarium hallway. Companion care and non-gender-specific restrooms are located in the Turbine Hallway.
Parking is free in either of OMSI’s designated parking lots. There are 5 wheelchair accessible parking spaces in each lot, for a total of 10 spaces.
Star Party: Total Lunar Eclipse Viewing
The January 20th Full Moon will have its own special show, a total lunar eclipse! The Full Moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth, and for 62 minutes the only light hitting the Moon will be the reddish glow from Earth's sunrises and sunsets resulting in a total lunar eclipse.
The first contact of the partial eclipse starts at 7:33 p.m.. The eclipse’s total phase will last for 62 minutes, beginning at 8:41 p.m.. The point of the greatest eclipse will occur at 9:12 p.m.. The eclipse ends at 9:43 p.m.. The eclipsed moon will be 43 degrees above the southeastern horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse. Finally, the partial eclipse ends at 10:50 p.m..
Unlike solar eclipses in which the Sun's rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Lunar eclipses are unique in that no one can predict what color the Moon will turn during totality. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view.
Pacific Daylight Time (January 20, 2019)
Full moon rise at 4:41 p.m.
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 7:33 p.m.
Total eclipse begins: 8:41 p.m.
Greatest eclipse: 9:12 p.m.
Total eclipse ends: 9:43 p.m.
Partial eclipse ends: 10:50 p.m
OMSI will host the lunar eclipse viewing on Sunday evening, January 20. Weather permitting; a free viewing of the eclipse will begin at 7:00 p.m. at OMSI Front Plaza. The Rose City Astronomers, and OMSI will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI Space Science Director, Jim Todd, will be presenting informal talks about the lunar eclipse and the autumn night sky. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Parties, it is suggested that interested visitors check the OMSI web site for possible weather-related cancellations.