All of our events are free, open to the public, and include free, convenient parking 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 the parking garage is located on Paul Manafort Drive.
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.
Thinking about "buying" a star for someone? Read this important webpage from the International Astronomical Union first!
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Interested in learning more about the sunspot cycle?
Curious to see what the sun looks like today? Click here
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Want to learn more about sunspot observing? Click here
Feeling a little lost in space? Check our these beginner-friendly links recommended by CCSU students
Don't miss the Jupiter/Venus/Mercury light show!
Start looking after sunset (after 8:15) low in the northwest (the same direction the sun itself sets in) for the brilliant planets Jupiter and Venus. The dimmer “star” near them is the elusive planet Mercury. It is estimated that only 1% of the world’s population has ever seen Mercury because it can only be seen low in the sky around sunset or sunrise. Venus and Jupiter make obvious signposts to help you find it!
You can use binoculars, but this will be visible to the unaided eye. Please do NOT use binoculars until the sun has safely set! Optimum viewing will probably be around 9 PM. You will need a low uncluttered horizon to see it. Again, the planets will be visible in the same general part of the sky where the sun sets, so you can use this as your point of reference.
Because we do not have a large area to view the northwest sky, and because you do NOT need a telescope to see this event, we will not be having viewing on campus.
Planetarium Shows and Events:
On Saturday June 1 and 15 at 8 PM, we will have our regularly scheduled free show in our planetarium. The topic this month is "Thunderstorms and Tornadoes."
On Saturday June 1 and 15, join us for a free observing session directly afterward the planetarium show (observing is weather permitting: we need a clear sky).
Stay tuned for special observing sessions of Saturn and its rings!
The observatory is located on the roof of Copernicus Hall. Take the elevators to the 5th or 6th floor and follow the signs.
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