Whether addressing the smallest aspects of Earth’s bio dome or the most unimaginably massive objects in our universe, Framingham State University’s high-definition, digital planetarium is a powerful and effective catalyst for learning.

School groups visiting the planetarium in conjunction with a Challenger Learning Center mission will experience a program that is designed to complement their mission. The 1.5 hour encounter typically includes a full dome feature film, interactive learning components, and plenty of opportunity for inquisitive conversation.

Out-Of-School Time groups can enjoy the same integrated learning experience, or work with planetarium staff to create a program that addresses the specific needs of science clubs, scout groups, or community-based organizations.

Framingham State University students may experience the planetarium as an integral part of a course, or as part of a campus-wide special event.

Free planetarium programs for the general public are offered monthly, on the 3rd Friday of the month. These presentations typically address a central theme, and may feature full dome films, special guest speakers. Dates for these engaging and informative events are posted on our schedule. Earlier shows (5:30 pm) are recommended for families with younger children, while later shows (6:30) are recommended for general audiences.

Forms are available to inquire about booking a fee-based program for corporate or community organizations in the FSU Planetarium.

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Oasis in Space

Complement to Voyage to Mars

Water: our most precious resource. Without it, life could not exist on our planet. Is the reverse also true? If we search for water, will we also find life? Join us as we explore our solar system and discover what makes our world stand out among the Sun’s family of planets. Stunning imagery will captivate you as we journey to, and sometimes even below, the surfaces of our neighbor worlds to discover whether or not life might be possible beyond our home planet.

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Habitat Earth

Complement to Earth Odyssey

Plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

Narrated by Frances McDormand, our latest original planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Don’t miss the FSU Planetarium this full dome exploration of what it means to live in today’s connected world, where biological networks intersect with those built by humans.

Earth in Water Drop poster 300dpi 6x8.5

Oasis in Space

Complement to Voyage to Mars

Water: our most precious resource. Without it, life could not exist on our planet. Is the reverse also true? If we search for water, will we also find life? Join us as we explore our solar system and discover what makes our world stand out among the Sun’s family of planets. Stunning imagery will captivate you as we journey to, and sometimes even below, the surfaces of our neighbor worlds to discover whether or not life might be possible beyond our home planet.

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Undiscovered Worlds

Do Earth-like planets exist elsewhere in the universe? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Humans have long imagined exotic and intriguing worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science reality.
New to the FSU planetarium’s collection, Undiscovered Worlds reveals the methods used by astronomers to identify these alien wanderers, and explores the idea of what it means to be in a habitable zone around a star.

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Habitat Earth

Complement to Earth Odyssey

Plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

Narrated by Frances McDormand, our latest original planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Don’t miss the FSU Planetarium this full dome exploration of what it means to live in today’s connected world, where biological networks intersect with those built by humans.

Framingham State University have the opportunity to visit the FSU Planetarium as a part of course, with a club or organization, or at one of our many public events.  Groups interested in visiting the planetarium have access to any of our fulldome feature films, plus a selection of undergraduate-level educational films, and much more. More information here: http://christa.org/fsu-planetarium-shows-for-students/

Public planetarium programs exploring a variety of topics are offered monthly on the third Friday of each month. Click here for more information about our public planetarium programs.  Please also visit in April for the annual Science on State Street Festival.