New at Bays Mountain Planetarium

February 28, 2008Bays Mtn News.JPGBays Mountain Park Planetarium

Bay's Mountain Planetarium Theater has two brand new must see features: Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope & Galileo's Views.  Check out show descriptions and show times below.

The newly rerovated Planetarium Theater at Bays Mountain Park is now open to the public. Tickets are available on the day of the program and on a first-come, first-served basis only.  The Planetarium seats 102 observers and is available for private shows.  The Planetarium Theater is new from dome to carpet and is full of new state-of-the-art technologies.  After the $1.3 million overhaul, the theater boasts a brand new dome, a new digital projector, new 6.1 surround sound, new seats, walls and carpeting.  Bays Mountain Park welcomes all visitors and is handicapped accessable.

Planetarium Shows and Show Times

Four hundred years ago, a simple adjustment to a child’s spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to our eyes and imaginations. Join us today, as the world‘s great telescopes, born of that serendipitous moment, gaze ever further into the distant past — and into our future.

This 25-minute program will be followed by a short "live" program entitled "Galileo's Views", which will present the starry skies as Galileo would have viewed them in 1609 from Padua, Italy. Galileo's observations of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon will be demonstrated.


Monday through Friday:
1, 2,& 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:
1, 2, 3 & 4 p.m.

Tickets are $3.00 for ages 6 and older. Children 5 and under are free.

Bays Mountain Park
Bays Mountain Park is a 3500 acre nature preserve that has a little bit of something for everyone. The park features a Nature Center, Animal Enclosures, a Herpetarium, a Raptor Center, a Farmstead Museum, and a state of the art Planetarium Theater.  The Nature Center houses exhibits exploring everything from Natural History to Space Exploration.  Various Animal Enclosures house Deer, Bobcats, Otters, Raccoons, Wolves, and Turtles.  The Herpetarium displays an array of reptiles and amphibians, and the Raptor Center houses the birds of prey, such as hawks, owls, and falcons.  The Farmstead Museum displays antique paraphernalia used by our Tennessee predecessors, such as farm and household tools and machinery. Along with over 25 miles of beautiful trails and gorgeous northeastern Tennessee mountaintop scenery, Bays Mountain Park contains over 60 kinds of flowers during the spring.  And during the fall, the Fall Leaf Tour showcases the vibrant colors of our Appalachian mountains.  Plus during the winter, Bays Mountain Park opens its trails to skiers for a brisk cross country experience.  So, don’t miss out.  Bays Mountain has something for everyone and is ready to let you in on the fun.

For directions to Bays Mountain Park click here.

To visit the Bays Mountain Park website click here.

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