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 group to the planetarium, please read our Planetarium Policy.
The planetarium was extensively renovated during the summer of 2011. An article from the Valdosta Daily Times gives a brief description.
- 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 December 4th the VSU Planetarium will present Season of Light, its annual holiday show. Our program will begin with a look at the wonders which adorn our December sky: star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Then, after describing the origin of the seasons, we will explore the astronomical origins of some of our most cherished holiday traditions.
In the full-dome video Season of Light (produced by Loch Ness Productions and narrated by Noah Adams) we shall trace the history of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season: festive Christmas tree lights, burning the Yule log, and the ritual lighting of the Hanukkah menorah. The show recounts the religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of the winter solstice; not just Christian and Jewish traditions, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. We’ll also take a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: exchanging gifts, kissing under the mistletoe, and decking the halls with greenery and candles. And we’ll examine some of the explanations which have been proposed for the Star over Bethlehem.
Please join us at the Planetarium on Friday, December 4th, for Seasons of Light! Shows will 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 to get your tickets, then be sure to return to the Planetarium at least 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