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 Copernicus Parking Garage.

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.



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    Note: We are not having a special observing session for the April 4 lunar eclipse because the moon sets before the eclipse becomes total and we do not have a good low western horizon from which to view the partial phase. We encourage you to go out in your own neighborhood about 6 AM and watch the partial phase of the eclipse begin about 15 minutes later. Note that sunrise is at 6:30 AM that dayand the moon sets at 6:34 AM, so you won't be able to see very much of the partial phase. However, we will have a front row seat for the lunar eclipse in September!

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    Planetarium Shows and Events:

    On Saturday April 4 and 18 at 8 PM, we will have our regularly scheduled free show in our planetarium.

    For planetarium shows, seating is first come, first served. The planetarium is located in Copernicus Hall (Building 23 on the campus map). Convenient parking is in the Copernicus (South) garage (building 17).


    Observatory Events:

    On Saturday April 4 and 18 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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