Big Read: A Year Under the Stars Planetarium Show

When the characters in The Bear looked up at the sky, what did they see? On the night of the autumnal equinox, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities, will host “A Year under the Stars.” The night will feature a planetarium show that depicts the stars, moon phases, and seasonal constellations described in The Bear, along with a special encore presentation by Ben Kilham, the founder, and  bear caregiver at the Kilham Bear Center. After the presentation, visitors will be welcome to visit the Discovery Center's observatory and view the stars, planets, and nebulae through a telescope or participate in one of the make-and-take and activity stations that will be set up around Center to learn more about our celestial neighborhood, the night sky, and yearly astronomical phenomena.  

The doors will open at 6:00 pm. The planetarium show will begin at 6:15. This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is strongly recommended. Copies of The Bear as well as Ben Kilham’s books will be available for purchase from Gibson's Bookstore. 

McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities, supports NH’s 2023 Big Read of The Bear by Andrew Krivak. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 


Event Details


Saturday, September 23, 2023 6:00pm


McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord NH 03301

Hosted By:

McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, New Hampshire Humanities

Contact Info:

New Hampshire Humanities,