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.

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On Friday, February 27th, the VSU Planetarium will celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s twenty-fifth year in space! Launched in April 1990, the HST has broadened our knowledge of the universe in countless ways.

After a brief review of the space telescope’s history, audience members will enjoy a tour of the late winter sky. Dominating the heavens all night will be the gibbous Moon and the giant planet Jupiter. Venus, blazing in the west after sunset, will dip below the horizon at 8:46 pm, followed by the much dimmer Mars. Deep-sky objects will include the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion Nebula.   

We’ll conclude by watching HUBBLE Vision 2, a full-dome video produced by Loch Ness Productions. In this film we’ll experience new views of the planets, peek into stellar nurseries, explore star clusters and galaxies, and view the universe when the earliest galaxies were first coming into being.

Please join us at the Planetarium on Friday, February 27th. 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.

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Public Planetarium Show Schedule 2014 2015