Planetarium

Planetarium

Wickware Planetarium Logo
School and Scout Bookings
Bring you class or your scout troop on a tour of the Universe. See the wonders of our solar system; learn about the night sky and much, much more. All shows are free of charge. Please be aware that the dark environment of the planetarium may not be suitable to children under 7 years of age.

To make your reservation contact Dr. Zoran Pazameta at (860) 465-5300. The planetarium has a maximum capacity of 50 people. Due to the heavy usage of the planetarium for our university classes, there are only a limited amount of available times for school or scout bookings. Currently, only Wednesdays are reserved for planetarium bookings. The planetarium is open for bookings only during the Eastern school term and is closed during Spring break, Thanksgiving, Eastern intersession (about December 20 to January 20) and the summer break (about May 10 to September 15).

Private Bookings
Is your community group or office looking for a unique experience? Why not consider a lunch hour or late afternoon star show at the Wickware Planetarium. The shows are free of charge; however a small donation to the Eastern Science Club would be greatly appreciated. All private bookings must be done through Dr. Zoran Pazameta at (860) 465-5300 or through Dr. Russell D. Sampson atsampsonR@easternct.edu. The planetarium has a maximum capacity of 50 people. Due to heavy usage of the planetarium by our Eastern classes, there is only a limited amount of available time for private booking. Currently, only Mondays are free for planetarium bookings. The planetarium is open for bookings only during the Eastern school term and is closed during Spring break; Thanksgiving, Eastern intersession (about December 20 to January 20) and the summer break (about May 10 to September 15). Please be aware that the dark environment of the planetarium may not be suitable to children under 7 years of age.

Front view of the planetariumInside view of the planetarium

Public Star Shows
The staff of the Wickware Planetarium put on special star shows three or four times a semester. If the weather permits telescopes will be set up outside for free viewing. If you are interested in attending our shows please email Dr. Russell D. Sampson at sampsonR@easternct.edu for a free brochure or free tickets to the next show. Our shows are free but because seating is very limited you should obtain tickets to reserve your seat. Please be aware that the dark environment of the planetarium may not be suitable to children under 7 years of age.

Fall 2013 Schedule (watch this space for updates!):

Spring Skies and Space UpdateMonday, February 35:30 pm
Mars - The Possibilities of LifeMonday, March 35:30 pm
The April 15 Total Lunar Eclipse and other Lunatic ThingsMonday, April 75:30 pm

Parking
Parking is very limited, especially during the day. All groups visiting the planetarium are encouraged to arrive on campus 20 minutes prior to the start of the show. There is limited public parking to the east of the Eugene Smith Library. During the day there is ample parking at the Baseball Park on the north side of Highway 6. A shuttle bus comes every 15 to 20 minutes to pickup your group (the bus holds about 20 people).

Finding the Planetarium
The Wickware Planetarium is located across from the front doors of the Eugene Smith Library which is just west of the Eastern clock tower. There is limited visitor parking to the east of the library. Directions to the Eastern campus can be found at http://www.easternct.edu/ecsu/map/directions.htm

Dr. Sampson’s Web Picks:
I’ve been searching the web for many years looking for the coolest astronomy and meteorology web sites. Here is a very short list of some of the best I’ve found. Try not to get hooked!

Astronomy Events and News

Astronomical Data, Images and References

Meteorology (when you need to know if it’s going to be clear)

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