Shows and Schedule

Planetarium shows are a resource for astronomy information, and keeps area residents informed about sky events.

Private Shows

Portrait of Jupiter from CassiniPrivate shows are available for school and other groups upon request. These are currently free. If your group is close to 20 or larger, you may want to schedule a private show in order to gaurantee seating. Private shows typically start with a tour of the night sky followed by a full dome movie. Options afterwards include telescopes for viewing celestial objects, and/or a question and answer session with a professional astrophysicist. Those interested in a private show should contact us for more information. Please plan to book several months in advance due to the popularity of our private shows.

Public Shows

Cosmic Winter WonderlandPublic Shows are free and all ages are welcome to attend, but see the suggestions about age for a particular movie if you're unsure. Telescopes are available before and/or after the shows for viewing celestial objects when the conditions outside are favorable.

There are two types of public shows: Wednesday Sky Tours and Science Staurdays. Both include a tour of the sky and a full dome movie. Science Saturdays also include a Space News segment.

Wednesday Sky Tours

Wednesday Sky Tours begin @ 6 & 7 pm on alternating Wednesdays during most of the semester, and last between 30 and 40 minutes.

Current Schedule

2nd and 4th Wednesday, February - April. There are no Wednesday Sky Tours May - August.

February 13 & 27 Oasis in Space
March 13 & 27 Seeing! a Photon's Journey Across Space, Time, and Mind
April 10 & 24 Phantom of the Universe: the Hunt for Dark Matter

Science Saturdays

Science Saturdays occur once a month and last between 50 and 60 minutes. The dates and times change to optimize the potential for observing the moon and planets with telescopes after the show.

Current Schedule

2nd Saturday of the month, Sept - Dec. Times change to maximize the potential for observing with telescopes afterwards. The summer 2019 schedule is posted in May.

February 9 5 pm Zula Patrol: Down to Earth
March 9 6 pm Out There: the Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
April 13 7 pm Mayan Archeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe
May 11 8 pm From Earth to the Universe

Contact Us

Dr. Jason Speights

Director of the MLC
Assistant Professor of Physics

Email: jcspeights@frostburg.edu (preferred)
Phone: 301.687.4339
Office: Gira CCIT 189

Send Mail To

Department of Physics and Engineering
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303

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