Welcome to the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory, operated by "Friends of LBL!" Explore such phenomena as white dwarves and black holes, all unveiled on our planetarium's 40-foot dome. Novice astronomers can learn to identify the constellations on a simulated night sky. Or head to the Golden Pond Observatory, where you can observe the stars through one of our telescopes. Click HERE for a recent Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium video! (courtesy RoundAbout U.)
Golden Pond Observatory is also home to the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers, WKAA, a group of star-gazers representing a four-state region. Join us for an evening of stargazing!
Schedule is subject to change.
The Golden Pond Planetarium is located inside the Golden Pond Visitor Center and the Golden Pond Observatory is located behind the building. The Visitor Center is centrally located near where Woodlands Trace National Scenice Byway and US Hwy. 68/80 meet.
Golden Pond Visitor Center & Planetarium GPS Coordinates: N 36 46' 38.41'' W 88 03' 53.75''
SEASON: Open Jan. 2 to Dec 29, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24-26; Dec. 30-31; and Jan. 1.
Call 1-800-455-5897 for more information.
Special evening shows are offered throughout the year.
SEP & OCT: Laser Shows Tue. & Sat. at 5:30 & 7pm
NOV & DEC: Laser Shows Sat. at 5:30 only
Star Parties scheduled throughout the year.
For safety reasons we cannot allow anyone to enter planetarium after a show has started, please arrive on time for all shows
ADMISSION: Daytime & Evening Planetarium Shows: Ages 13 & up $5; Ages 5-12 $3;
Evening Laser Light shows $7 All Ages.
Pre-scheduled discount Group rates are available. Call 270-924-2020. No charge to look through telescopes during WKAA meetings.
GROUP LEADERS: Click HERE for group information.
Click HERE for descriptions on specific planetarium programs.
Golden Pond Observatory
The Golden Pond Observatory houses a state of the art 16” Meade LX-200 ACF Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. This telescope is capable of finding and tracking any object that is visible in the telescope. The observatory also has a Coronado Solar Telescope. With this telescope, the observer can safely view prominences on the disk of the sun and other details on our nearest star. The observatory is also home to the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers, WKAA meetings are held each Saturday closest to the New Moon and the public is invited to attend at no charge. For a complete list of WKAA meetings, look on their website, www.wkaa.net.