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.

 planetarium show

On Friday, April 10th, the VSU Planetarium will present the final public show of its 2014-2015 season. In this offering Dr. Jan Drake will lead us on an exploration of ten billion years of cosmic history!

Come with us as we take a guided tour of the Earth’s life-giving star, starting from its birth at the dawn of our solar system to its death billions of years in the future. We will see how gravity brought together massive molecular clouds over millions of years to create our Sun. We will explore the raging storms on its turbulent surface and their effect on our planet. And we will see how this massive, heavenly fireball expands, contracts, and finally burns out at the end of its life.

Please join us at the Planetarium on Friday, April 10th. 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. The VSU Planetarium is located on the third floor of Nevins Hall; limited parking will be available in front of the building, and across Patterson Street. For further information, please call the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752.


 

Public Planetarium Show Schedule 2014 2015