Planetarium shows: free but tickets required

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The next Astronomy Night is this Thursday, July 11, 2019; planetarium shows will start at 8:30PM and 9:30PM, and the Smolen Observatory will be open from 9:30 – 11:30PM if the sky is clear.

Tickets for the planetarium shows will be available on Tuesday night at 8:00PM at our website:

Astronomy and Physics major David Meer will be in the Planetarium to present a very interesting show using the original Spitz A3P “Starball” projector.

David says:
“Scandinavian and ‘Viking’ culture is not usually something we talk about when we look up at the sky. We might mention the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, or even Native American constellations and cultures. The Old Norse had their own descriptions and stories of the sky to tell, and we'll be exploring a few of them. Beyond covering stories of the past, we'll look into the future, previewing a new NASA mission set to land on Saturn’s moon Titan!”

Planetarium shows take place in the John R. Kirk Planetarium located in the Coykendall Science Building. The first planetarium show will start at 8:30PM and the second show will start at 9:30PM (please see the start time printed on your ticket). Latecomers will not be seated due to the darkened environment inside the Planetarium, so please arrive on time. Tickets presented after the start time listed on them are void.

The Smolen Observatory will be open for viewing if the sky is clear from 9:30 – 11:30PM. As always you can call the observatory phone number at (845)[masked] to check the weather status.

For more information and directions see our websites at and