Planetarium

Planetarium
The SUNY Oneonta planetarium is located on the basement level of the Perna Science Building (sometimes referred to as Science I).

SUNY Oneonta installed the latest Evans & Sutherland Digistar 6 model in late August, 2019. It features a digital projector system capable of bringing you sharp views of the stars, planets, constellations visible in the night sky, and it has new features and capabilities over the old Digistar 5 System. Additionally, the system can also show 3-D, IMAX-style movies and animations, providing you with a complete planetarium show experience. Our system consists of two digital projectors and a full audio soundboard, controlled by the Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 software package, one of the world's most advanced fulldome digital theater systems.

Reservations

Private Groups

If you or your organization would like to make reservations for a private planetarium show, you may do so by using the link below. Be aware that our planetarium can only seat 28, so if your group is larger than that you may wish to make arrangements for two shows. There is a $50 suggested donation per show for private group shows. Programs in conjunction with the Science Discovery Center may be arranged.

The planetarium gallery contains many beautiful, high-resolution prints of images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
The planetarium gallery contains many beautiful, high-resolution prints of images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

School Groups

We regularly host educational groups from preschool through high school for planetarium shows that supplement in-class instructional units. You may request a show for your class by using the link below. Once your request is processed, you will receive additional information via email regarding your visit, bus parking, etc.

Public Shows

Here is Public Show Schedule. All Friday public shows start at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday Matinees begin at 2pm, unless otherwise noted. Due to limited seating, guests are asked to register in advance and bring their ticket with them to present upon arrival. Tickets will be available approximately two weeks prior to each show.

We will also have an observing session at College Camp Observatory, weather permitting, beginning at 8:30 pm after each Friday evening public show, unless otherwise noted. No tickets and no attendance at the planetarium are necessary to join the observing session.  We will cancel observing sessions in cases of inclement weather, conditions where the sky is >50% cloudy, and may relocate to SUNY Oneonta's Campus if the road to College Camp is impassible. Check this page at 6pm prior to each show to see whether observing has been canceled.

Fall 2019 Schedule

Friday, 20 September, 7pm Skies look good for tonight's observing session at 8:30!

Saturday, 21 September, 2pm

Friday, 4 October, 7pm Skies look good for tonight's observing session at 8:30!

Saturday, 5 October, 2pm

Friday, 18 October, 7pm Cloudy skies for tonight, so observing will be canceled. 

Saturday, 19, October, 2pm

Friday, 1 November, 7pm

Saturday, 2 November, 2pm

Friday, 15 November, 7pm

Saturday, 16 November, 2pm

Friday, 6 December, 7pm

Saturday, 7 December, 2pm

 

Contact

If you would like to contact us about anything else regarding the planetarium:

Perna Science Building
Room 018A

Dr. Joshua Nollenberg
(607) 436-2620
Joshua.Nollenberg@oneonta.edu

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