PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT THE FRAMINGHAM STATE UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM

Learning is universal at the FSU Planetarium. Now, three new series of events offer something for everyone. Programs will take place on the 3rd Friday of each month unless noted otherwise. The event series will alternate from month to month.

Space is limited in our planetarium. We strongly recommend that guests pre-register for events. Please explore the schedule below to find the links to pre-register for events. Pre-registration will be available 1 week before each event.

The Stellar Nursery will spark the imaginations of children aged 5 years and younger, along with their caregivers, with science-related programs specially designed for our youngest learners.

Family Night at the FSU Planetarium will give families with children ages 6 and up an opportunity to discover the marvelous diversity of our universe, together.

Late Nite Skies will challenge adults and teens ages 14 and older to explore the most exciting science and technology concepts of our time.

SCHEDULE

Family Night

September 21, 2018 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Undiscovered Worlds

Humans have long imagined alien worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. Join us for a presentation of Undiscovered Worlds, a fulldome film produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the ingenious methods used by astronomers to identify planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun, culminating in the historic Kepler mission, which has detected thousands of these “exoplanets” over the last few years. After the film, planetarium educator Mary MacDonald will bring you the latest news about Kepler’s successor: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, launched in April 2018, is sure to reveal thousands of additional worlds, further changing the way we view our place among the stars.

Fulldome Film: yes• Live Planetarium Content: yes • Guest Speaker: no

October 19, 2018 5:30pm & 6:30pm

International Observe the Moon Night

The Moon has been a source of wonder and inspiration throughout human history. Over 400 years ago, Galileo pointed his telescope at the Moon, and discovered it to be a harsh world covered in mountains and craters. 50 years ago, humanity took its first steps on that world. October 20th is International Observe the Moon Night, and we are please to present a program (on October 19) designed to get you and your family looking up and exploring. In the planetarium, we will present the fulldome film Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope, which tells the story of the telescope’s role in scientific discovery, beginning with Galileo. We’ll also give you a quick tour of your night sky, including our beautiful Moon, to set you up for a night (and a lifetime) of exploring the sky.

After the show, if weather permits, we will lead some simple moon observations outside. We’ll have a few small telescopes, but feel free to bring your own – including binoculars (the best tool for observing the Moon)!

Fulldome Film: yes • Live Planetarium Content: yes • Guest Speaker: no

Pre-registration will be available one week before the event.

This event is a part of the Moon Landing in Context series and MA STEM Week 2018.

December 14, 2018 5:30pm & 6:30pm

Holiday Skies

Come celebrate the season of feasts, family, and goodwill with the Framingham State University Planetarium family! In this live, astronomical “variety show,” you’ll learn why the December solstice has inspired so many wonderful cultural traditions, with origins in all corners of the globe and throughout most of human history. The longest night of the year means plenty of time for stargazing, and we may even get a chance to travel to Earth’s North Pole (pending a quick check of the naughty and nice list)!

Fulldome Film: no • Live Planetarium Content: yes • Guest Speaker: no

Pre-registration will be available one week before the event.

Late Nite Skies

November 16, 2018

7PM

Undiscovered Worlds

Humans have long imagined alien worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science fact. Join us for a presentation of Undiscovered Worlds, a fulldome film produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium at Boston’s Museum of Science. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the ingenious methods used by astronomers to identify planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun, culminating in the historic Kepler mission, which has detected thousands of these “exoplanets” over the last few years. After the film, we’ll discuss the latest news about Kepler’s successor: the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). TESS, launched in April 2018, is sure to reveal thousands of additional worlds, further changing the way we view our place among the stars.

Fulldome Film: yes• Live Planetarium Content: yes• Guest Speaker: no

Pre-registration will be available one week before the event.

PLANETARIUM POLICIES

  • Please plan ahead: the McAuliffe Center is situated within a college campus.
  • Visitors should arrive on campus at least 20 minutes prior to show time.
  • Use the campus map provided to locate designated parking areas, and the entrance to the McAuliffe Center. Please park in Salem End Road Parking lot. View our directions and parking page here.
  • To ensure visitor safety and quality of presentation, planetarium doors will remain closed once the show has begun.
  • Late arrivals will not be admitted
  • Pre-registered guests will be given priority admission, but pre-registration does not guarantee admission.
  • If a pre-registered guest has not checked in within 5 minutes of the start of the program (i.e. 5:25pm, 6:25pm, 6:55pm), their tickets will be released and made available to others.
  • Seating of guests, pre-registered or not, will cease when capacity has been reached.
  • Doors will not open until 30 minutes prior to show time.
  • There is no food or drink allowed in the planetarium.

ABOUT OUR SHOWS

FSU’s digital planetarium allows us the ability to project a realistic night sky and to present fulldome digital video.  We hold licensing rights to a small selection of feature-length fulldome films.  Our monthly public planetarium programs are about one hour in length and may include some combination of: a fulldome feature film, a short talk presented by a guest speaker, and/or a live planetarium segment.  A live planetarium segment may include a tour of the seasonal night sky and/or other multimedia elements presented with live narration. Please see the descriptions of the individual monthly programs above.

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