The OSU Planetarium will be closed for major renovation from June 2012 until Autumn Semester 2013. Currently, we expect to re-open sometime in October 2013, but this is still subject to change. We are not currently accepting requests for new programs, but will resume scheduling after our renovation is complete.
We plan on introducing new, monthly public programs once we re-open.
All planetarium shows are presented by graduate students in the OSU Department of Astronomy. Planetarium shows cover basic naked-eye astronomy, with particular emphasis on the following topics:
- Annual motions of the planets and the Sun
- Daily motion of the Sun and the stars
- The orientation of the sky
- Locations of important points and well-known constellations
- The Seasons
- The appearance of the sky from different locations on the Earth
- The Milky Way and its stars
- Light pollution in urban areas.
Upon request, planetarium shows can also cover special topics, including (but not limited to):
- The Planets
- The Moon and its phases
- Telescopes and Spacecraft
- Star-formation, evolution
- Moon formation
- History of Astronomy
The Astronomy Department reserves the right to determine the content and scope of these presentations.
For information on other planetarium, telescope viewing, and Astronomy Department events, please see the Events page and/or check out our facebook page.