How awesome is it you can walk from Discovery Gateway (the children's discovery museum) to the Clark Planetarium in 30 seconds! Even if  you're not packing in two centers for learning and fun, the Clark Planetarium is still worth the drive to the Gateway no matter what your age. The Clark Planetarium is chock full of hands-on and eyes-on exhibits. You'll find an IMAX Under the Sea 3D movie and Attack of the Space Pirates in the Hansen Dome Theater with "360-degrees of immersive entertainment that offers a sensory experience unlike any other."

I think my favorite experience at the planetarium is the cosmic light show. In years past this was one of my favorite date nights; I mean, you're talking lasers, lights and rock and roll!

The Clark Planetarium also has events now and then. The next one is the Light up the Dark Side of the Moon Gala—a fundraiser for the planetarium. And if you're big into astronomy, the Clark Planetarium's website has an astronomy section with resources like a night sky calendar, guides and handouts, NASA news and even a list of astronomy clubs. Head to the Clark Planetarium soon so you don't miss their featured exhibit, Science on a Sphere (SOS). The exhibit uses computers to project video sequences onto a six-foot diameter sphere. You can view the Earth’s weather systems, plate tectonics, ocean temperatures and Earth at night along with the Milky Way, sun, moon and the other Solar System planets. Cosmically cool!

The Clark Planetarium is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Hours Monday through Wednesday ~ 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Thursday ~ 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday ~ 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sunday ~ 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 110 South 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84101 801.456.STAR You can read more about Emily and her love of things cosmically rockin' at