Free “Love the Earth Day” event offered on April 14

Love The Earth Day

Free planetarium shows & hands-on activities for the whole family

To better accommodate the busy schedules of participating non-profit organizations, the Appold Planetarium and Lourdes University have moved their scheduled earth day celebration to Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The “Love the Earth” event will be offered in and around the Appold Planetarium at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

“Love the Earth” Event

Participating organizations

  • Toledo Zoo
  • Imagination Station
  • Metroparks Toledo
  • Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful

Explore Science Toolkit

Through a competitive application process, the Appold Planetarium was awarded a 2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space physical toolkit. Assembled by the NISE (National Informal STEM Education) Network in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the toolkit offers high-quality hands-on activities that educate and engage through Earth and space science experiences. “Love the Earth Day” attendees will have the opportunity to participate in these specially designed activities.


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.

Shows will be at 7:30 pm on these Saturdays:

  • March 10, 17, 24
  • April 7


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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