The Copernican Observatory and Planetarium

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All of our programming is free and open to the general public. Seating is on a first-come basis. We also offer free planetarium shows, observing sessions, and hands-on astronomy workshops to school and community groups and civic organizations. We do not schedule shows or observing sessions for individual families. To book a special group event, use the mail link in the menu bar on the righthand side of this page.

Upcoming Public Planetarium Shows

Our next regularly scheduled public shows will be on Saturdays June 1 and 15. The doors open at approximately 7:30 PM, and you will be entertained with a variety of hands-on science demos before the hour-long program begins at 8 PM. Afterwards, if skies are clear, we invite you to join us on the roof for observing of the real night sky through our telescopes.

Announcing Our New Planetarium Head!

We are excited to announce that after a detailed search process, we have selected the new person to lead the planetarium and observatory starting in late June! Stay tuned for our official announcement on the Summer Solstice!

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Your generous support helps us keep our programming free for all members of the public as well as school and community groups:

It's not too early to prepare for the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse!

Plan ahead for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse (totality will be visible from parts of New England!)

What's it like to experience a total solar eclipse? Listen to Dr. Larsen's enthusiastic comments in this video taken during the total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands (her 4th total solar eclipse).

Visit the CCSUniverse blog to read about Dr. Larsen's experiences at the August 21, 2017 eclipse