Appold Planetarium

Solar Superstorms



Solar Superstorms Trailer



Sponsored by First Solar

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, A fury is building on the surface of the Sun—high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.

Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.

The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois.

Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next ….Solar Superstorm.

Show times coming soon!

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

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 planetarium@lourdes.edu

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.

Find the Planetarium on campus