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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.
Comet Lovejoy is now apparent in the eastern sky after sunset. The Astronomy Program at Fayetteville State University will host an open house event that features Comet Lovejoy on the evening of January 20, 2015 in the Lyons Science Building. Activities will begin at 7:00 pm with a Star Show in the Planetarium on the ground floor of the Lyons Science Building.
If the sky is clear, the FSU Observatory will be open on 1/20/15 from 7:45 to 9:00 pm for the public to view Comet Lovejoy telescopically.
Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, is now in the midst of its best two weeks for observation. It's about magnitude 3.8, as bright as it is expected to get. Although it is possible to view a magnitude 3.8 object with the naked-eye, its diffuse fuzziness means that most viewers, who live under light pollution, still need optical aid. In binoculars it appears as a biggish, gray fuzzball, with a brighter core slightly off center.
For more information, contact FSU Astronomy Professor, John Mattox at (910) 672-1652.
Valentine's Day this year is on a Saturday. Stars are romantic. Details to follow.
February is busy, and January might not give you enough lead time to request buses, so now is a good time to schedule those field trips in March. See the instructions below for how to reserve a show; it's easy and it's online!
In collaboration with Socorro Hernandez-Hinek and her students at FSU's Department of Performing and Fine Arts, a coloring book will be 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.
To simplify the process of reserving a show for your group, there is an online form available. Just click on "reserve a show" on the left panel. Watch out for the scroll bar for the form itself: make sure you fill out the required fields and click the "submit" button on the bottom. After you submit the form, the director will call you to work out the details.
Just look for Fayetteville State University Planetarium on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news and developments.
The shows are live and interactive, geared towards ages from preschool to adult. Bring your questions about anything in the sky that's been bothering you, whether it's what the deal is with the Super-moon, how Pluto got to no longer be a planet, or what your sign really is.
Planetarium shows are usually about an hour long, allowing time for questions.
Planetarium shows for a diverse variety of groups are scheduled by reservation by telephone and are custom-designed to fit your needs. Shows are available for any group that is interested, including:
Discover the cosmos and your place in it and contact Dr. Jonathan Breitzer to schedule a show today!
Dr. Jonathan Breitzer
Department of Chemistry and Physics
Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301