Public Programs

Public planetarium programs are open again!  Reservations 547-0153

Limited seating… Masks required!

In 2021, the Chesapeake Planetarium will celebrate its 59th year of operation. Construction funds for the planetarium were provided by the Chesapeake School Board as a result of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA). It was the first planetarium constructed in Virginia by a public school system. It was designed as a teaching aid for the school system, but has been made available to the general public as well. More than 50,000 students and adults visit the planetarium each year to view educational programs.

The Chesapeake Planetarium is located in the Chesapeake Municipal Center. It is easily reached by taking Interstate 64 and exiting at the Battlefield Boulevard South Exit (Rt. 168). Follow Route 168 to Great Bridge and turn right onto Cedar Road (Rt. 165).The Municipal Center is one-fourth mile on the right.

Public Programs:   Programs are free but reservations are necessary – call 547-0153

On Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m., the general public is invited to attend free programs. These programs are provided as a free service of the Chesapeake Public School System. Topics for these programs change every month and are educational in nature. They are designed to give the individual a general overview of astronomy.

* It is recommended that children below the first grade level not be admitted to the planetarium chamber. All quiet children are welcome. Children that are not quiet will asked to be removed from the planetarium.

Due to limited seating, reservations are necessary and may be made by telephoning Chesapeake Public Schools between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays. (757-547-0153)

Note:   Your reservations will cancel if arriving later than 7:50 p.m.

Note:  Programs start promptly at 8:00 p.m. and late arrivals are not allowed to enter the dark theater.

Please make reservations for all program by calling 547-0153. The reservation desk will know of any additional closings if necessary.

Planetarium Public Programs

Programs for 2021

October – Star Creatures

Take an imaginary journey in your backyard to find some of the many creatures among the night sky.  Creatures of mythology associated with ancient stories can be observed.  There are also creatures like those we can still see today walking the Earth.  The planetarium show will help you find some of these star creatures.

November – Winter Sky

Some of the brightest stars seen from Earth are visible in the winter sky. The constellations of this season are easy to identify. The mythology associated with them offers some of the best star stories found among the stars. Explore the crisp clear winter night sky this month in the planetarium star theater.

December – The Christmas Star

During the month of December the Chesapeake Planetarium sky will be set back more than 2000 years to the date of 8 B.C. Visitors will view the planets and stars as they were long ago. We will search the night sky for the story of a star that marked the coming of the Christmas season. We will also explore some of the astronomical possibilities suggested for the most famous star in history.


Public program start promptly at 8:00 p.m.  Reservations 547-0153   Reservations are held until 7:50 p.m.  Late arrivals are not admitted.