Psychedelic Trip into Fractals


How can you see infinity? Like stepping into a kaleidoscope, mind-bending fractal zooms will take your breath away in this immersive show. Combining a state-of-the-art projection system, original music, and powerful computer graphics, you will feel as though are traveling into another dimension. Presented by the Lourdes University Appold Planetarium, The Psychedelic Trip into Fractals is a journey into an infinitely complex and visual world created by powerful computers but intimately linked to the natural world around us.

As the Fractals zoom around the planetarium dome, audiences recognize common patterns found in nature such as shapes in trees, lightning, coastlines, seashells and more – all which can be found within these fractal zooms. Each fractal tells the story of the processes that created it — whether the erosion of a canyon, the evolution of a galaxy, or the computation of an equation.

The family-friendly shows are offered at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates.

  • January 14 and 21
  • February 4 and 25

The Great American Eclipse 2017

An eclipse of the Sun is a wondrous spectacle, and for the first time in 99 years, a Total Solar Eclipse will sweep across North America this summer. On Monday, August 21, millions of people from Oregon to South Carolina will witness a scene of unimaginable beauty; the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun’s corona shimmers in the darkened sky.

To prepare for this rare solar eclipse, the Appold Planetarium is premiering a new show, “Eclipsing the Sun.” This show uses stunning visuals to explore solar and lunar eclipses and explains the geometry that creates these awe-inspiring sights. Watch the spectacle unfold from ideal locations on Earth, the Moon, and the Sun. Learn how to safely watch this eclipse, which may be the most viewed total solar eclipse ever!

The family-friendly shows are offered at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates.

March 11, 18

April 1, 15, 29

May 6, 20

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.

Eclipse Viewing Glasses $1 each

Eclipse Shades

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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