valdosta state university
public Planetarium Shows
Take a tour of the far reaches of the night sky without leaving Valdosta.
This series of evening shows is open to all members of the community. The shows are designed for the general public and are suitable for ages five and up. If weather permits, the VSU Observatory will be open for public viewing of celestial objects after each show.
All shows begin at 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm, and at 9:00 pm sharp and usually last 40 to 50 minutes. Seating is limited to 47 visitors for each show and the admission is on a "first-come-first-serve" basis.
The planetarium is located in Nevins Hall on the 3rd floor (room 3004). Limited public parking is available in front of Nevins Hall and at the Admissions Office on the opposite side of Patterson Street.
For more information about the upcoming shows see the schedule below. You may also contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at 229-333-5752 for further information.
Click HERE for information about daytime planetarium shows for school children and civic organizations.
schedule of shows
In 1913: A Procession of Meteors
A public planetarium show to be presented on
19th April at Valdosta State University
On Friday, April 19th, the VSU Planetarium will present a "Alien Landscapes" given by Dr Martha Leake. There will be three showings that evening, at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.
On April 19th the Valdosta State University Planetarium will present Alien Landscapes, the final public show of its 2012-2013 season. Three showings are planned for that evening, at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.
Our last planetarium show of the season will take us to realms beyond the Earth, where the sky is not blue, the Sun is not yellow, and there is more than one moon. These alien landscapes may reflect the imaginations of artists, but they are based upon the rigorous sciences of astronomy and planetary geology. Dr. Martha Leake, VSU’s own planetary scientist, will begin with some of the amazing splendors found here on Earth, then head out into the worlds of our solar system. We’ll then get a glimpse of the possible landscapes to be found on planets orbiting other stars. How is a landscape shaped, and by what? What would we see from the surface? Is there an “Earth 2”? What is a “hot Jupiter” or a “Super Earth”?
This program is suitable for children aged five and up. If weather permits guests may view Jupiter and Saturn, star clusters, and nebulae with the telescopes of the VSU Observatory. Astronomy students and faculty will be on hand to help our guests enjoy the wonders of the night sky. Seating is on a “first come, first served basis”, and is limited: the planetarium seats 47. On show night, beginning at 6:00 pm in front of the planetarium, free tickets for all three shows will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis until all seats are filled. Those holding tickets for a particular show must return to the planetarium fifteen minutes prior to show time.
The VSU planetarium is located in NH3004 on the third floor of Nevins Hall; please enter at the southeast tower and take the stairs or elevator to the third floor. Limited public parking will be available in front of Nevins Hall; additional parking is available in the Admissions Office lot across Patterson Street and in the Oak Street Parking garage.Please join us on April 19th for this investigation of planets near and far, as we journey towards Alien Landscapes. For additional information please contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752
|September 14th||The Four Seasons|
|October 12th||The Cold Blue Spheres of Mars|
|November 30th||The Star of Bethlehem|
|February 15th||In 1913: A Procession of Meteors|
|March 15th||The Clouds of Megellan|
|April 19th||Alien Landscapes|