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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.
On Thursday, October 23, at 6:00 pm, weather permitting, the Observatory (fourth floor of the same building where the Planetarium is located) will be open to view the partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. The eclipse itself begins at 6:00, but the Sun will set before maximum eclipse, so only a small piece of the Sun will be covered.
On Sunday, October 26, at 2:00 pm, there will be a free planetarium show open to the public. Park behind the Seabrook Auditorium.
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. 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