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The Planetarium exists to serve the Fayetteville State University community and the southeastern North Carolina region. Since it was built in 1978, children and adults alike have been entertained and informed by shows featuring the sun, moon, five planets in their correct positions, and 2354 stars projected on its 30-foot dome with the Spitz 512 projector. The Planetarium seats 55, but several more chairs are available to accommodate larger crowds.
There was some flooding in the bottom of the pit which disabled the motor that raises the star projector. We are working on getting this repaired within the next several weeks.
Click here to reserve and pay for a show online. Just create an account (you only need to do this once), select an available time, and indicate how many seats you need. You can pay online with a credit/debit card or Paypal, or you can choose to be invoiced. Once your show is reserved, print out or show the email on your phone when you arrive at the planetarium.
There is no minimum group size! Individuals can reserve just the same as groups. If you have a group larger than 60, you can break it up into two shows and book the aquarium as well.
Our current show is “Tour Through the Solar System.” Narrated live by the director, we zoom in and out of the Sun, planets, and moons in their correct relative sizes. Find out what the surface and the sky look like on different planets, and the newest views of Pluto. This will be followed by our ever popular look at the stars and constellations on the dome, concluded by making the room into different colors.
You can contact the Planetarium Director, Dr. Jonathan Breitzer, if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 672-1176.
Programs last 50 minutes. Maximum capacity is 62 seats.
Wednesdays at 11:00 (not noon) due to class schedules.
Located in the same building as the Planetarium, the Research Education Enrichment Facility (REEF) is a working research aquarium that is open to the public for reservations! In addition to two large reef tanks, there is also a touch tank where you can touch brittle stars, sea urchins, and several species of crabs and lobsters.
To reserve an aquarium show, just use the form here on the Planetarium website, where you can indicate that you'd like to reserve the aquarium.
School buses are now requested to park in the Capel Arena parking lot. This is a distance from the Planetarium, so under "Directions" is step-by-step instructions, with photos, showing where bus drivers are to drop off the kids and park the bus.
In collaboration with Socorro Hernandez-Hinek and her students at FSU's Department of Performing and Fine Arts, a coloring book has been made available for you to download and print. You'll find this especially useful if you have young children and would like to add a fun activity to a planetarium trip.
Dr. Jonathan Breitzer
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301