VSU Planetarium


 
The planetarium was extensively renovated during the summer of 2011. A recent article from the Valdosta Daily Times gives a brief description of our new planetarium.
 
Our 47-seat planetarium is equipped with a Digitarium Kappa digital projector, the first of its kind in the world. With this facility we can reproduce the night sky as seen from anywhere on Earth or from the surface of any object in the solar system, and at any time in history, past or future.   The VSU Planetarium serves as a valuable teaching tool and as a facility for an extensive public outreach program. Astronomy majors give planetarium shows for thousands of visiting school children and members of nonprofit civic organizations. If you would like to bring a a group to the planetarium, please read our Planetarium Policy.
 
  • All of our shows are suitable for ages five and up.
  • Shows begin on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm sharp and last 40 to 50 minutes.
  • The shows are followed by observatory open house, if weather permits.
  • Seating is available on a "first come, first served" basis and is limited to 47 per show. When you arrive, pick up a FREE TICKET (it is your place-holder!). Tickets are distributed starting at 6 pm and are limited to 7 tickets per party.  Before the show, your ticket will be called.  If you are not there by show-time, you seat(s) will be give away.
 
october planetarium show
On Friday, October 3rd, the VSU Planetarium will present October Skies, the first public show of its 2014-2015 season. This October brings a wealth of exciting astronomical events to the backyard observer: two eclipses, two comets, two new spacecraft at Mars, three new crew members at the ISS, and a meteor shower! Dr. Martha Leake will lead us on a tour of the beautiful Valdosta skies of October.
 
During October, the planet Mars creeps through Scorpius, past the bright red star Antares – the Rival of Mars. Slower Saturn has been left behind in Libra, and before the end of the month Jupiter will grace our late evening skies. Before sunrise on October 8ththe Full Moon will enter the Earth’s shadow, resulting in a total lunar eclipse. Two weeks later, on October 23rd, we may catch the beginning of a partial solar eclipse. And how do the comets enter the scene? The European Rosetta mission has rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is planning to deploy a lander, which will sample cometary material on November 12th. Weeks earlier, on October 19th, Comet Siding-Spring will pass close to Mars, brushing the planet with its tail of dust and gas. Astronomers anxiously wait to see what will happen to our fleet of Martian probes. Finally, recent deliveries of people and supplies to the International Space Station have filled out the crew to six. Let’s wave to them on October 3rd, when they pass over at 8:37 pm!
 
Please join us at the Planetarium on Friday, October 3rd! Shows begin at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 pm, and seating for each is limited to 47 guests. Free tickets for all the shows may be obtained at the planetarium beginning at 6:00 pm that night. Come early, get your tickets, then return to the Planetarium fifteen minutes prior to show time! If weather permits, the campus observatory will be open from 7:00 to 10:00, allowing visitors to view the wonders of the heavens. This program is suitable for children ages five and up. The VSU Planetarium is located on the third floor of Nevins Hall; for further information, call the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752.

 

Public Planetarium Show Schedule 2014 2015