The planetarium is room 211, located on the main (second floor) of Nicolaus Copernicus Hall on the east side of campus (closest to Route 9).
All of our events are free, open to the public, and include free parking on surface lots near Copernicus Hall and in the Vance Parking Garage.
Scroll down for information on our lunar eclipse viewing
For a campus map and directions to campus, click here. Please note that the Planetarium does not have a street address to plug into your GPS, but Copernicus Hall is across the street from 145 Paul Manafort Dr.
Saturn, seen through our 16" scope. Note how the rings change from seen edge-on to nice and open over the years!
We book planetarium shows, observing sessions, lectures, and hands-on activities for organizations and school groups at your request absolutely free! However, we do not book birthday parties or other non-astronomical events. Please allow AT LEAST 2 weeks lead time for scheduling. All scheduling blocks are on a first-come basis and prime slots sometimes fill up months in advance.
Thinking about "buying" a star for someone? Read this important webpage from the International Astronomical Union first!
Visit our Astronomy and The Hobbit webpage.
Astrolabes for Medievalists: An Interdisciplinary Astronomy Outreach Project
Planetarium Shows and Events:
On Saturday October 3 and 17 at
8 PM, we will have our regularly scheduled free
show in our planetarium. This month's show is "Planets of the Sun."
On Saturday October 3 and 17 join us for a free observing session directly afterward the planetarium show (observing is weather permitting: we need a clear sky).
The observatory is located on the roof of Copernicus Hall. Take the elevators to the 5th or 6th floor and follow the signs.
Looking for something astronomical to do on a Wednesday night? Our colleagues at the Van Vleck Observatory at Wesleyan have free public events.
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Last Modified:September 28, 2015