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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. Our regularly scheduled planetarium shows occur at 8 PM on the first and third Saturdays of each month, except when they fall on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Years Eve or Day. Directly after each show, if the skies are clear, the public is invited up to the roof to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes and other instruments. 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

On Saturday December 2 and 16 at 8 PM, we will have our next regularly scheduled free show in our planetarium.

Other Public Events

Van Gogh's A Starry Night

Gogh and Experience a Starry Night at CCSU
You’ve seen the famous painting, now experience the real thing by viewing galaxies, star clusters, double stars and more through a variety of telescopes and mounted binoculars at Central Connecticut State University. On December 3-6 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, if the skies are clear, join us for free public observing sessions hosted by CCSU astronomy students. Bring along your own binoculars to learn how to use them to paint a picture of the universe from your own backyard. We promise it will make an impression on you! See "Directions" in the navigation bar for parking and other information.

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