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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.

News: Dr. Kristine Larsen is awarded the 2013 Walter Scott Houston Award from the North East Region of the Astronomical League.

Saturn, seen through our 16" scope. Note how the rings change from seen edge-on to nice and open over the years!

The Observatory becomes the Great Pumpkin on Halloween!

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.



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    Planetarium Shows and Events:

    On Saturday May 3 and 17 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 May 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.




    Ask astronomy questions

    Ask general planetarium questions

    Book a group planetarium show

    Support our outreach efforts

    The Current Night Sky

    Dr. Larsen's webpage

    Using Fantasy and Fiction in Astronomy Education and Outreach

    Create a Harry Potter Starfinder

    Directions to CCSU


    Astronomy Picture of the Day

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    Last Modified: January 17, 2014