- 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.
- If a pre-registered guest has not checked in within 5 minutes of the start of the program (i.e. 5:25pm or 6:25pm), their tickets will be released and made available to others.
- A limited number of tickets to each event will be made available at the door, on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm. Doors will not open until 5pm.
ABOUT OUR SHOWS
FSU’s state-of-the-art 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 below.
Every month, the 5:30pm showing is designated as the “Family Show”: intended for families with children 11 and younger. The 6:30pm showing is intended for adults, teens, and older children. Both showings present the same material, but the 5:30pm showing will be somewhat shorter, and possibly presented in a way more appropriate for young guests.
SPECIAL EVENT: DISCOVERING DARK MATTER (High School+)
Phantom of the Universe + Remembering Vera Rubin
Friday February 10th, 5:30pm & 6:30pm (****NOTE CHANGE IN DATE****)
Giant telescopes opened humanity’s eyes to a vast universe of glowing stars and galaxies. But as these instruments became more advanced, astronomers began to suspect there was something else out there that even their telescopes couldn’t see: dark matter. In this month’s special event, we will be screening Phantom of the Universe, a brand-new fulldome film produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. We will have our staff on hand to guide discussion of this complex and unfamiliar topic, and after the film we will pay tribute to the late Vera Rubin whose work was influential in shaping our modern understanding of dark matter. This film is a great introduction to this topic and does not require a specific science background. However, its content is intended for those in high school and above.
- The date of this month’s show has been changed to February 10, not February 17 as originally planned.
- This film contains advanced science content suitable for audiences in high school and above. This month, there is no “Family Show.” We want to provide our audience with an appropriate scholarly space to grapple with this complex and unfamiliar topic. Families with younger children: please join us next month when we will have more kid-friendly programming!
Fulldome Film: yes • Live Planetarium Content: no • Guest Speaker: no
Habitat Earth featuring Betsey Brewer
Friday March 17th, 5:30pm & 6:30pm
If you haven’t seen our fulldome film Habitat Earth yet, this is the perfect time! Spring is the season to get outside once again and appreciate the unique, interconnected ecosystem that you’re a part of. Habitat Earth will leave you with a deeper appreciation of these systems and the diverse life forms that populate them. Following the film, Betsey Brewer, Executive Director of education, conservation, and research programs at Southwick’s Zoo as well as Executive Director of Earth, Ltd., a non-profit center that works with local and global communities to promote environmental education, will present her unique perspective on the film’s messages.
Fulldome Film: yes • Live Planetarium Content: no • Guest Speaker: yes