Regular Public Shows
Regularly-scheduled public programs are typically offered on two weekends per month. Advance reservation of seats through our Eventbrite site is recommended for guaranteed seating. Because of the high demand following our long renovation shutdown, you will likely need a reservation in order to get into a show for the next several months. Seats are filled first by those with reserved seats, and then on a first-come, first serve basis. All planetarium shows are presented by graduate students in the OSU Department of Astronomy or the planetarium director.
We offer four public programs per weekend, twice monthly. They are offered on Friday nights at 7:00pm and 8:00pm and on Saturday afternoons at 2:00pm and 3:00pm. The current schedule and list of presentations can be found below. Please note that the schedule is subject to Astronomy Department personnel schedules, holidays, and other events, and thus may at times be somewhat irregular. The Astronomy department also reserves the right to cancel shows if we need to, but we will do our best to notify people beforehand.
Fees and Donations
Our regular public planetarium shows are offered free of charge. However, we welcome donations of all sizes – please see our giving page for more information on giving to the planetarium. Your unrestricted, tax-deductable gifts will help support our public education and outreach activities in the Central Ohio community. Gifts to the Astronomy Planetarium will help fund the planetarium renovation, cover planetarium maintenance costs, and allow us to develop new programs and reduce costs for schools, scouting, and community groups. If you enjoy our programs, please consider donating to our Friends of the Planetarium Fund.
Scheduling a Planetarium Show for your Group
If you would like to schedule a planetarium show for your group outside of the regular public shows, we are happy to work with you. We do charge a fee for a group presentation. This group reservation option reserves the entire planetarium for the group, provides staffing for the event, and allows your group flexibility in the both the timing and content of shows presented. For information on the fees, please contact the director directly.
All groups requesting shows, except for those funded/supported directly by the OSU College of The Arts & Sciences, are subject to the admission fees. The fees are used to fund the maintenance and running costs of the planetarium. Financial aid is available to education-based groups such as schools who are unable to pay the fee. If you require funding to make a field trip to the planetarium, please contact the planetarium director directly to apply for financial aid for your group. Our goal is to support all school groups who would like to visit the planetarium.