Learn about the people and places who make big astronomy and big science happen.
It takes many people with diverse backgrounds, talents, and skills to run a world-class observatory. Meet a few of these people as they share the wonder of the sky—and the excitement of discovery. Explore the world-class observatories nestled in northern Chile’s mountains and learn why Chile with its beautiful mountain ranges and clear, cloudless skies create an ideal environment for studying the cosmos.
*Please check our hours and schedule to confirm availability before your visit.
With discounted group rates, groups have the opportunity to schedule exclusive featured shows on Virginia’s largest movie screen.
Groups can add a Dome feature to their visit for just $4 per person. Click here to learn more about our Group Visit Policies.
This feature is recommended for grades 1st-12th and corresponds with the following SOLs:
Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discoveries is a production of the California Academy of Sciences in collaboration with Dome+ Partners, based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1811436, and presented by the Science Museum of Virginia.