Chia-yu Li Planetarium

Experiencing nature. Doing science. Having fun.


Public Planetarium Shows

Summer Planetarium Hours

Over the the summer months the Chia-yu Li Planetarium will be open to the public on each Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Show times are at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm. Click below to purchase your tickets.


11:00 AM


Traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a spyglass, to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

12:00 PM


Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold.

1:00 PM


Explore how high-energy astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the hot and violent nature of the universe. You will be taken on a journey through our own galaxy, revealing the hidden nature of neutron stars, supernova remnants, and stars like our Sun.

Starry Night

Once each month the Chia-Yu Li Planetarium is open to the public on a Friday evening. Director of Astronomy Brian Baker will lead you on a tour of the night sky. Then you will get your chance to gaze through the 16-inch telescope in the Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory to see night sky like you have never seen it before! Click below to purchase your tickets.


Apollo 50th Anniversary

On July 20th during Starry Night we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and humanities first steps on the Moon.

All ages are invited to this FREE event at A Time For Science in Grifton. Planetarium shows and activities will run from 7-9 pm. The Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory will be open for public viewing from 9-10 pm. This event is part of the 2019 Statewide Star Party’s “The Moon and Beyond” celebration, sponsored by the NC Science Festival.

Jupiter and Saturn

The largest planets in our solar system will shine brightly in the night sky all summer long. These planets will be the primary targets for the Kitty and Max Joyner Observatory during the summer.

Learn the summer constellations

The summer skies is full of vibrant stars that make up wonderful constellations like Scorpions, Sagittarius, Cygnus. With in their bounds is a treasure trove of deep space objects. The summer is an incredible time to get outside and stargaze.