Upcoming Shows


Solar Superstorms

Solar Superstorms planetarium show

What can cause our normally benign Sun to erupt in such fury that it can threaten the world’s power and technological infrastructure? Solar Superstorms at the Appold Planetarium takes audiences into the inner workings of our star. It follows the path of hot electrified gas as it rises from the Sun’s core, through its tangled journey through the Sun’s volatile outer layers, and on to explosive magnetic eruptions so powerful they can reach Earth.

Featuring visualizations of cutting edge supercomputer simulations and narrated by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, viewers will also witness the beautiful spectacle of the aurora borealis also known as the Northern Lights.

This show is offered at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates.

  • Saturday, November 5
  • Friday, November 11
  • Saturday, November 12
  • Saturday, November 19

Solar Superstorms is made possible and sponsored by First Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. First Solar has been taking energy forward since the company was founded in 1999. The company integrates solar power into the global energy mix by providing PV energy solutions to address contemporary energy needs such as fuel cost volatility and supply reliability.

First Solar

Admission Prices

$5 for adults
$4 for children 12 and under and members of the Lourdes community.

Reservations are recommended.

Please call 419-517-8897 or email

The planetarium offers shows open to the public throughout the academic year on select Saturday nights.

The Appold Planetarium and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra announce a new collaboration that brings music to the planetarium experience. Prior to each show, guests can now enjoy the sounds of the symphony! The 30-minute recording offers a grand selection of music sure to delight audiences as they prepare to travel through the solar system and view starfields, planets and other celestial phenomenon.

Directions to Lourdes

  • From US-23 take Exit #234 – the first (or last) exit in Ohio – (Rt.51/184 east-Sylvania)
  • Turn left (west) onto Monroe Street and continue .6 miles to Main Street (Key Bank is on the right)
  • Turn left (south) onto Main Street and continue on Main for .5 miles to Convent Boulevard
  • Turn right (west) onto Convent Boulevard and continue for .3 miles
  • Turn right at the Lourdes University driveway – 6832 Convent Boulevard.

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