Planetarium

FSU Planetarium - Best in the World

With ten 4K projectors on a 30 foot dome, we put more pixels per square inch on our dome than any other planetarium - in the world!  This means crisp, round stars and a beautiful, dark night sky.  Join us for an adventure that is out of this world (and out of the galaxy).

At this time ALL of our shows are live with an astronomer.  Come with questions about the Universe!

Date / Time Show Title
Nov 5   - 7:00 PM Learn About Luna
Nov 19 - 7:00 PM Deep sky over Fayetteville
Dec 3   - 7:00 PM All about Telescopes

    The early 2023 schedule will be posted in December.

    School visits to the Planetarium are available for 2021-22.  Call 910-672-1SKY to schedule or contact Mr. Kabbes at jkabbes@uncfsu.edu.

    In addition to our ten 4K projectors, we have a 6500 watt sound system for an amazing space experience. 

    Due to increased operating costs, we will need to charge a nominal fee - $5 for adults and $3 for children 2-18.

    FSU Planetarium selected as NASA Informal Education Community Anchor

    We have been selected by NASA as a Community Anchor site.  We are now an official NASA partner and are developing family programs focused on Rockets and Robots in space exploration.

    Saturday afternoon STEAM Team

    The Sat STEAM Team is back!  Students in grades 7-12 meet Sat afternoons (every other week) from 1-3 PM in Lyons Science, room 117.

    We explore

    • Rockets
    • Robots
    • Electronics
    • Astronomy
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • and more

    We will resume the STEAM Team in early fall 2022.

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

    Star Docent program

    For students in grades 7-12 with a passion for space, the new Star Docent program (Fall 2022) will teach students astronomy, public speaking and how to run the Planetarium and Observatory.  Star docents will help run the Planetarium and Observatory during our public Sat evening shows.  For information contact Mr. Kabbes at: jkabbes@uncfsu.edu

    Summer Space Camp

    In 2022 our inaugural Space Camp allowed a team of middle and high school students to experience space exploration.  Check back for images and more information.

    Funding for the Space Camp is provided in part by the Cumberland Community Foundation.

    REEF

    The REEF is closed indefinitely.

    Directions to Planetarium

    The Planetarium is at the North end of the Lyons Science Building.  The lobby entrance is on the west side.  Access from W.T. Brown Drive (main entrance to FSU) is via the walkway between Lyons Science (16 - grey) and Lyons Science Annex (37 - brick).  Parking for the Planetarium is across the RR tracks on on the right of W.T. Brown.

    Planetarium Map Planetarium Entrance
    Campus Map Planetarium Entrance
    Walkway to Planetarium
    Walkway to Planetarium

    Summer Space Camp

    2022 Summer Space Camp.  

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    The FSU Summer Space Camp is for rising 7 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 focused on NASA missions, Rockets and Robots.  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

    Reserve a show

    School visits / shows can be arranged by contacting Mr. Kabbes: jkabbes@uncfsu.edu.

    School visits are typically available Tue, Thu and Fri.

    Group pricing will be $150 for a one hour show up to 65 seats.

    Individual pricing will be $5 for adults and $3 for children 2-18.

    Aquarium / REEF

    The REEF is closed indefinitely.

    Large groups

    The Planetarium seats 65 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 has reopened, but we need staffing to be open for Meditation times.