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, January 30th, the VSU Planetarium will offer its first public show of 2015. This is the International Year of Light, a global initiative adopted by the United Nations to raise awareness of how optical technologies affect our world. In that spirit, our show will begin with a brief full-dome video, courtesy of the International Dark-Sky Association. The acclaimed Losing the Dark illustrates how light pollution adversely affects our health, our personal security, and our enjoyment of the starry sky. But simple solutions for mitigating light pollution are offered; it is not too late! We then turn our attention to our own sky.

In midwinter, our evening sky is dominated by the magnificent constellation Orion. One of the most recognized of all celestial patterns (second perhaps only to the Big Dipper), Orion the hunter has featured in mythology for over two millennia. For the modern astronomer it is home to a myriad of fascinating objects, including the two most famous of the nebulae. The Great Nebula of Orion, visible to the unaided eye despite its 1500 light year distance, is the closest stellar nursery to us. Just three degrees to the north lies the Horsehead Nebula, a dark cloud providing the raw materials for future stellar generations. Famous for its shape, this nebula is one of the most difficult objects to see, even in large telescopes!

Please join us at the Planetarium on Friday, January 30th! 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 our guests to view the Moon and planets and, of course, the magnificent Orion Nebula. 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 at the Admissions Office. For further information, please call the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752


Public Planetarium Show Schedule 2014 2015