The Department of Geology and Astronomy operates the University Planetarium which houses a Spitz A-5 planetarium projector. The planetarium is used for astronomy class lectures and labs as well as for school and public programs.
The department also holds monthly evening shows for the general public. These shows are held once a month during the regular academic year. The shows consist of an overview of what is currently visible in the night sky. In addition to this, each show includes a short presentation with a special focus on some aspect of astronomy, the topic of which changes each month. The shows are appropriate for all ages however parents should keep in mind that the planetarium does get very dark and small children may find this frightening.
Dates for the 2012-2013 Public Series are listed below:
September 7, 2012 – The Galactic Center
Reservations being taken now!
October 5, 2012 – Killer Rocks from Outer Space
Reservations taken starting September 14
November 2, 2012 – Dethroning Earth
Reservations taken starting October 12
December 7, 2012 – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Reservations taken starting November 16
February 1, 2013 – Binary Stars, Celestial Twins
Reservations taken starting January 11
March 1, 2013 – Walking On the Moon
Reservations taken starting February 8
April 5, 2013 – Other Earths
Reservations taken starting March 15
May 3, 2013 – Spectacular Saturn
Reservations taken starting April 12
Shows start at 7pm and run approximately one hour in length. Late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the planetarium. The cost of the show is $5 per person. To purchase tickets please contact the SSI ticket office at 610-436-2266. Tickets will not be sold more than three weeks in advance of the show date. Tickets cannot be purchased at the planetarium.
The Planetarium is located in the
For the general public shows, visitors may park for free in the parking lot behind the Sykes Student Union building (Lot K), located on Rosedale Avenue. Visitors may also park in the meters along Church St. and Rosedale Ave. The meters are free after 5pm. A campus map with parking information can be found at the bottom of this page.