College to Offer Planetarium Shows

September 26th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

The SUNY Oneonta Department of Physics and Astronomy will present several shows this semester in the college’s state-of-the-art digital planetarium.

The shows, which are free and open to the public, will highlight the constellations, stars and planets visible in the night sky and take the audience on a virtual voyage through the solar system, galaxy and universe.

Planetarium shows are planned for 7 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Oct. 4, Oct. 25, Nov. 15 and Dec. 6.

The planetarium is located on the basement level of the Science I Building on West Dormitory Road on the college campus. Because seating is limited, registration is required and tickets must be presented at the door. Registration may be done online at

In conjunction with the planetarium shows, the college’s Department of Physics and Astronomy will host public observation nights at the college Observatory starting at 8 p.m., weather permitting. Located at the College Camp on the northeastern side of campus, the Observatory is home to the largest optical telescope in New York state.

During public observation nights, community members can view planets, star clusters and galaxies through the college’s 40-inch, 16-inch and 14-inch telescopes, as well as a pair of giant binoculars for wide-angle viewing. Registration is not needed for the public observation nights.

More information about public events at the planetarium and Observatory is available from Dr. Jason Smolinski at (607) 436-2620 or