The Planetarium Projector is BACK!!!
- 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, your seat(s) will be given away.
On October 2nd the VSU Planetarium will present Pluto Revealed!, the first public show of its 2015-2016 season. After pointing out the wonders of our evening sky, Dr. Kenneth Rumstay will tell the story of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet!
The story of Pluto begins in 1781, with the accidental discovery of Uranus and the predicted existence of the eighth planet Neptune. But a few astronomers believed that a ninth planet must exist, and the search for it was led by Percival Lowell in Flagstaff. After years of searching, the elusive “Planet X” was discovered in 1930. For seventy-six years the solar system had nine planets, and generations of schoolchildren learned their names. But as knowledge of this new world improved we came to realize that Pluto is unlike any other planet. Smaller than our Moon, Pluto moves a highly elliptical, tilted orbit which carries it far from the zodiac. In August 2006 the International Astronomical Union officially voted to demote Pluto to the rank of “dwarf planet”. We now recognize Pluto as the largest known member of the Kuiper Belt, a collection of small icy bodies which circle the Sun beyond the orbit of Neptune. And now, thanks to the spectacular success of the New Horizons probe, we have our first close-up look at Pluto and its moons!
Please join us at the Planetarium on Friday, October 2nd! 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 evening. 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 guests 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 contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752