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PWCS Expo Offers Resources for Students and Their Families. View details.

Contact Information

Director: Anthony Kilgore
Email: kilgorae@pwcs.edu
Phone: 703.580.4000
Fax:  703.580.4299



Bookmark this page for upcoming public show dates & times.

Tickets are $10 per person.
Please bring exact change (CASH ONLY).
Seating is limited to 60 people per show.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hylton High School main office Monday thru Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm or the evening of any show at the planetarium box office.


2013 Public Show Schedule
Tickets go on sale October 1st, 2013


Friday, October 11th, 2013
6:00pm - Fright Light
7:30pm - Laser Metallica
9:00pm - Fright Light (Louder & Scary)

Friday, October 18th, 2013
6:00pm - Fright Light
7:30pm - Laser Metallica
9:00pm - Fright Light (Louder & Scary)

Friday, October 25th, 2013
6:00pm - Fright Light
7:30pm - Laser Metallica
9:00pm - Fright Light (Louder & Scary)


2013 Public Show Schedule
Tickets go on sale December 1st, 2013


Friday, December 6th, 2013
6:00pm - Laser Holidays
7:30pm - Star of Bethlehem
9:00pm - Laser Holidays

Friday, December 13th, 2013
6:00pm - Laser Holidays
7:30pm - Star of Bethlehem
9:00pm - Laser Holidays

Friday, December 20th, 2013
6:00pm - Laser Holidays
7:30pm - Star of Bethlehem
9:00pm - Laser Holidays




Stage effects, haze machines & loud music are used in all shows.

Please arrive 10 minutes early.  Once the show begins the doors are locked and you may not enter even if you have advanced tickets.

Park in the main lot and enter the building through door #1.

C.D. Hylton High School
14051 Spriggs Road
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Email Tony Kilgore at kilgorae@pwcs.edu with questions.



Safety Warning: 
All of the planetarium shows will include laser lights, flashing lights, & special effect machines.

Private Groups:
If you are not one of the 93 Prince William County Schools a fee of $10.00 per ticket will be charged. Please email to set up a private showing on a date that is convenient for your group.  Also, private shows must have either a minimum of 30 paying visitors or a minimum deposit of $300 to make a reservation.




The Planetarium is now booking school groups.
Please email if you are interested in making a reservation.

The planetarium at C.D. Hylton Senior High School, known as the Skydome Planetarium, contains a Spitz 512 ATM 3 star projector capable of projecting 1354 stars, the five visible eye planets, moon phasing, daily and yearly motion, the celestial coordinates and other reference lines on a thirty-foot curved dome. Special effect projectors create solar and lunar eclipses, aurora display, meteor and meteor showers. All of these are automated to a computer. Video projection allows the use of VHS,DVD and laser disc capability. Thirteen slide projectors compliment various programs. A 16 speaker stereo sound system provides the audience with music in the round. Cushioned seats provide accommodations for 58.

Although the planetarium is located at Hylton Senior High School, the facility serves as a field trip experience for all the schools in Prince William County. Surrounding school districts utilize the planetarium when scheduling is available.  At times, interdisciplinary programs such as "Mother Earth: Father Sky" and "Shakespeare and the Stars" have been developed with the drama and music departments. More than 14,000 visitors a year have watched the stars under the Skydome.


The Top 10 Things You Need to Know

When Planning a Visit to the Planetarium

 

10.  Teachers and students are to turn off all electronic devices and must remain seated during the entire show unless there is an emergency.  Teachers texting during a show sets the wrong example for their students.

 

9.  The “little red flashlights” are no longer a part of the planetarium program.  Also, teachers should not all sit next to each other, but rather disperse between their students so that everyone is within arms reach.

 

8.  Teachers are to have taught rotation, revolution, seasons, high & low tide and moon phases to the students before you come to visit the planetarium.  The planetarium is a supplement to your classroom instruction and should not take the place of those lessons.

 

7.  All planetarium shows will feature laser lights, strobe lights, and flashing lights.  It is the responsibility of the teacher(s) to make sure this is ok for all of their students before arriving at the planetarium.  If it is a problem, those students should remain at school.

 

6.  It is your job to arrange transportation to and from the planetarium by filling out a transportation form at your school.

 

5.  In order to accommodate more groups the planetarium can hold 65 comfortably.  If your group is slightly larger than that please let Mr. Kilgore know as we might be able to pull in a few extra chairs or sit on the floor to open up another time slot.  This is especially true in schools that have an odd number of classes visiting.

 

4.  To schedule a show, please have your lead grade level teacher email Mr. Kilgore for a date and time that is convenient in regards to when you will have taught Astronomy.  Mr. Kilgore is no longer teaching classes at Hylton and can now accomodate 3rd graders for Earth, Moon, Sun and 4th Graders for Secret of the Cardboard Rocket Solar System show.  Of course any grade can come, just shoot him an email to get a date and time!

 

3.  Mr. Kilgore will be emailing out some questions for your students to obtain some prior knowledge before they see the show and then the same questions when the show is over to see what they have learned.

 

2.  The planetarium was built in 1991 before anyone knew what an SOL was.  It was not built to specifically teach the SOL’s, more so to enhance student interest in Astronomy and learn how to locate things visible in the night sky.  Please reinforce SOL’s and connections in your classrooms.

 

1.  Come prepared to have FUN!!!




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