Planetarium closed for renovation and COVID-19

We are hoping to be able to reopen in Fall 2021.  The renovation will be complete and hopefully COVID-19 vaccines will be widely distrubuted to make it safe to reopen.

The updated Planetarium will have one of the highest resolution projection systems in North America.  Check back for more information.

Virtual Planetarium Shows

The FSU Planetarium is offering Virtual Planetarium Shows on Saturday evenings at 7:00 PM EST.  The schedule for early 2021 is as folows:

Apr 10 All about Telescopes
Apr 17 Learn about Luna
Apr 24 Just say NO to Black Holes
May 01 Exoplanets, Home away from Home?
May 08 Solar System Tour
May 15 Explore the Dark Side of the Universe
May 22 Supernova and You!
May 29 Things that go BOOM in the Night
Jun 05 Comets, Disease and Disaster
Jun 12 Summer Sky over Fayetteville
Jun 19 See the Sun!
Jun 26 Cosmic Catastrophes

ZOOM link for Virtual Planetarium Shows:

Saturday morning Virtual STEAM Team

On Saturday afternoons FSU hosts a Virtual STEAM Team for students in grades 7-12. Students explore Physical Computing and Computational Thinking using a BBC micro:bit.  Funding for the STEAM Team is provided in part by the Cumberland Community Foundation.  For information contact Mr. Kabbes at:

Virtual Summer STEM Camp

Due to COVID-19, we plan to offer a VIRTUAL summer STEM Camp in Physical Computing for students in grade 7-12.  This week-long program will engage students in sensing the world around them and acting upon that information using a BBC micro:bit.  Some projects may include:

  • Door / intruder alarm
  • Games
  • Plant watering device
  • Mini-weather station
  • Automatic light switch

Funding for the Virtual STEM Camp is provided by the Cumberland Community Foundation SummerTime Kids Program.

For information contact Mr. Kabbes at:


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.


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.


The REEF at FSU is our aquarium and is also available for individuals and groups for a guided tour. The REEF is in the same building as the Planetarium.

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 aquarium and Exploratorium: one group goes to the REEF, the other to the planetarium, and then the groups switch. Just reserve both the aquarium and the planetarium for both times on a day that's available.

Meditation Under the Stars

The Planetarium is closed.