Friday Starry Nights

Join Roper Mountain for a night under the stars in the Hooper Planetarium with a 360° full immersion dome, 4K projection, state-of-the-art lighting, dynamic 5.1 surround sound and more! 


Shows will change in March, so check for the latest information on programs and times.


Current Offerings:


4:30 p.m.: Magic Globe


On vacation at her grandpa’s, a little girl named Mia accidentally discovers a mysterious piece of astronomical machinery. Edmund, Mia’s eccentric uncle, tricks the girl into using the tool’s secret powers to change the world’s seasons. She realizes the consequences of what they are going to do, but Edmund doesn’t want to let the plan go. Recommended for age 4 and above.


6 p.m.: Astronaut


The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Recommended for age 4 and above.


7:30 p.m.: Black Holes


Black Holes takes you on a fully immersive journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth’s horizon? What was Einstein’s connection to them? Recommended for age 8 and above.


Following your show in the Hooper Planetarium, take a walk to the Charles E. Daniel Observatory, which features a very historic 23″ refractor telescope, the eighth largest of its kind in the nation. The Great Refractor was completed in 1882 for Princeton University and was the main instrument in their Halsted Observatory. The lens was figured by Alvan Clark and Sons of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1933, the telescope was entirely rebuilt by J. W. Fecker Company. The U.S. Naval Observatory owned the telescope from 1964 until 1978, when it was offered to the School District of Greenville County. 


Order Tickets Online Only - No On-Site Ticket Sales. All major credit cards are accepted. Tickets are non-refundable.


For your safety, the following guidelines are in place:



  • The lobby and planetarium will open 30 minutes before the show begins.

  • Please be sure to have your eTicket (printed or electronic). Tickets will need to be scanned upon entry.

  • The following passes will not be accepted at this time: Golden Circle, District Employee Passes, Admit One/Family.

  • Dates: January 5, 2024 - February 23, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Location: Roper Mountain Science Center
  • Address: 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville, SC 29615
  • Phone:

    (864) 355-8906

  • Time: Every Friday, 4:30, 6 & 7:30 pm
  • Price: $8 for Adults and Teens; $7 Children (ages 3-12); $7 Senior Citizens (age 60 & over); $7 Military; FREE - RMSC Members; Children age 3 and under - Not recommended