Planetarium

Planetarium closed for renovation

Due to continued work on Lyons Science, the Planetarium is scheduled to reopen early 2022.  

The updated Planetarium will have one of the highest resolution projection systems in North America.  Due to increased operating costs, we will need to charge a nominal fee.

Check back for more information.

Virtual Planetarium Shows (free)

The fall virtual Planetarium shows will resume Sep 11 at 7:00 PM EDT.

Changes have been made to celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on Oct 16.

  • Sep 11 All about Telescopes
  • Sep 18 Solar System Tour
  • Sep 25 Public observing
  • Oct 02 Exoplanets, Home away from Home?
  • Oct 09 Be a Lunatic! (all about the Moon)
  • Oct 16 Public observing
  • Oct 23 Explore the Dark Side of the Universe
  • Oct 30 Things that go BOOM in the Night
  • Nov 06 Comets, Disease and Disaster
  • Nov 13 Fall Sky over Fayetteville
  • Nov 20 Cosmic Catastrophes
  • Dec 04 Just say NO to Black Holes

ZOOM link for Virtual Planetarium Shows:  https://uncfsu.zoom.us/j/340377470

Public Observing Sessions

Public viewing sessions will run from 8:00 - 9:30 in the practice field off Langdon Street on the north side of campus. We will have small telescopes to view the cosmos.

Check FsuPlanetarium on Twitter for weather status.

Saturday afternoon STEAM Team

We are back to Face to Face for the STEAM Team!  We will meet alternate Saturday afternoons from 1-3 PM beginning Sep 11. We will discuss

  • Robotics
  • Rocketry
  • Computational Thinking
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Astronomy

Funding for the STEAM Team is provided in part by the Cumberland Community Foundation.  For information contact Mr. Kabbes at: jkabbes@uncfsu.edu

Summer STEM Camp

We hope to be back to face-to-face camps the summer of 2022.

REEF

The REEF is also closed.

Summer STEM Camp

Check back for information about 2021 Summer STEM Camp.  Due to COVID-19 we anticipate having a virtual robotics program.

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The FSU Summer STEM Camp is for rising 8 to 12th grade students. Supplies and lunches are part of the program. 

Campers will have the opportunity to explore science, math and computers in an intense, one-week summer program.  This camp will allow hands-on exploration of STEM topics and help students develop the tools to solve problems.

Activities include - 

  • Rocket science
  • Robotics
  • Astronomy
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Chemistry

Reserve a show

Shows will be scheduled after reopening.

Show pricing will be posted prior to reopening.

Aquarium / REEF

The REEF is closed indefinitely.

Large groups

The Planetarium seats 60 comfortably, but we have a few extra seats we can squeeze in. Larger groups can be divided and switched with the Exploratorium: one group goes to the Exploratorium, the other to the planetarium, and then the groups switch. 

Meditation Under the Stars

The Planetarium is closed.