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Astronomy@CCSU

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Welcome to the home of Astronomy at CCSU, housed in the Geological Sciences Department.

We offer minors in Astronomy and Astrobiology, including a variety of astronomy courses at the introductory through advanced level. We also offer student research opportunities in planetary and lunar astronomy, variable stars, and astronomy education and outreach.

Our facilities include the Copernican Planetarium, Copernican Observatory (with a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope), and a variety of portable telescopes, all of which are available for student use (after proper training).

Copernican Planetarium and Observatory

All of our programming is free and open to the general public. Seating is on a first-come basis. We 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, or to contact the planetarium director, use the mail link in the menu bar on the righthand side of this page. You can also leave a phone message at 860-832-2950.

Upcoming Public Planetarium Shows

Our next regularly scheduled public show will be on Saturday, August 17th, the public show will be focused on different types of Stars. Doors to the planetarium will open at 7:30 PM, and the program begins at 8 PM. Plan on being here at least 15 minutes before the show starts because the show starts promptly at 8 PM and late admittance is not guaranteed. After the show, if skies are clear, we invite you to join us on the roof for observing of the real night sky through our telescopes.

Announcing Our New Planetarium Director!

We are excited to announce that after a detailed search process, Ms. Carol Ivers has been selected to lead the planetarium and observatory and is now on board! Watch this space for some exciting new changes over the next few months! To schedule a free show for your public group, please use the email link in the navigation bar. We prefer this to phone calls because email provides a written record of your request.

Support our Programs!

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