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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 Special Events

On Sunday, January 20, there is a total lunar eclipse visible from Connecticut. Unfortunately, the forecast is for snow. Even if the skies do clear at the last minute, since we are still gravely short-staffed given the delay in replacing Craig Robinson, we would not be able to get the observing deck in safe shape for observing on short notice. At this point we will not plan any public observing unless the forecast greatly changes between now and Saturday. Please check back to see if changes have been made. Read about the eclipse here.

Upcoming Public Planetarium Shows

On Saturday January 19, we will have our next regularly scheduled free show in our planetarium. This month's shows feature the final installment/chapter of "Inventions That Changed the World."

The shows begin at 8:00 PM in our planetarium but come a bit earlier if you want to participate in some of our fun science demonstrations that start at 7:30 PM. 

NOTE: PLEASE CHECK OUR PHONE MESSAGE (860-832-2938) ABOUT A POSSIBLE CANCELLATION IF IT SNOWS. THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF OUR STUDENT WORKERS (WHO ARE RUNNING THE SHOWS UNTIL WE HAVE A REPLACEMENT FOR CRAIG ROBINSON) IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Bidding a Fond Farewell to Craig Robinson

After 34 years of sharing the night sky with the general public at the Copernican Planetarium (and prior to that at other planetariums), Craig Robinson has retired. Craig's last public show was September 15, and we all wish him a happy, healthy, and long retirement!

Craig's shoes (or should we say sweater?) will be very difficult to fill! Until a new head for the planetarium is hired, other staff will be filling in as they can. Be sure to check this website regularly for updated information as our show schedule may change during this transition.

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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: https://ccsu.networkforgood.com/causes/10287-copernican-observatory-planetarium

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