SUNY Astronomy Night

Astronomy Nights are held on the first and third Thursday of each month that the university is in session. The free program begins with an indoor planetarium show at the John R. Kirk Planetarium. After the planetarium show Smolen Observatory will be open for telescope viewing only if the sky is clear. Call the observatory at[masked] to hear a message indicating if the public viewing has been cancelled due to cloudy weather. Visitors can participate in either the planetarium show, observatory telescope viewing, or both.

Astronomy Night telescope viewing begins shortly after sunset and therefore the start time changes according to the seasons. 

Although the planetarium show is free, you MUST reserve tickets in advance: http://www.newpaltz.edu/planetarium/shows.html. Since seating is very limited please notify the planetarium via email and change your RSVP here if you can't make it so your seats can be freed up for others.

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  • Dr. Willie K. Y.

    For a change, this week’s planetarium show will feature the original Spitz A3P “starball” projector which many of you may have seen used in the past. While our new digital projector offers a more dynamic view of the Universe, the starball is still highly functional and has a certain classic charm that new technology often fails to capture. After a brief star show with the “starball”, the topic will change to the study of “Extrasolar Planets”. If you have ever asked questions like:
    - Do other stars have planets orbiting them like our Sun does?
    - How do we find such planets?
    - What are these planets like?
    - Are any of them similar to Earth?
    - What percentage of discovered planets are potentially habitable? …if so then this week’s Astronomy Night is the place for you!

    March 5, 2014

  • Dr. Willie K. Y.

    There will not be a show on March 20th--Spring Break.

    March 5, 2014

  • David B.

    7:30 show

    March 4, 2014

  • David B.

    me and the boys are going

    March 4, 2014

  • Dr. Willie K. Y.

    Remember--YOU MUST GET TICKETS IN ADVANCE AT THE PLANETARIUM WEB SITE.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Ken B.

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to make any of these until at least the first part of April.

    March 4, 2014

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