Planetarium

Planetarium Shows

 

 

Planetarium Shows 

Update October 2021: The Planetarium is now open to 100% capacity!  

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while inside campus buildings, in accordance with campus-wide policy.
  • Visitors ages 17 and above must show a photo ID and proof of full vaccination or a negative 72-hour COVID-19 test.
    • Proof of full vaccination may include a CDC vaccination card or a valid New York State Excelsior Pass.
    • New Paltz faculty, staff and students will be admitted by showing their campus ID, as they are already required to be vaccinated or participate in periodic COVID-19 testing.
  • Children ages 16 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement when accompanied by a parent or guardian or when attending as part of an approved school field trip.
  • Audience members who feel unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not attend in-person events.

"Astronomy Nights" are held on the first and third Thursday of each month that the university is in session. Astronomy Night activities are appropriate for ages 7 and up.  The program begins with an indoor planetarium show at the John R. Kirk Planetarium.  Tickets are REQUIRED for the planetarium show.  There is a suggested ticket price of $5 per seat.  A second show will be offered if the first show reaches capacity.  After the planetarium show, Smolen Observatory will be open for telescope viewing only if the sky is clear (tickets are not required at the Observatory). Call the Observatory at 845-257-1110 to hear a message indicating if the public viewing has been canceled due to cloudy weather. Visitors can participate in either the planetarium show, observatory telescope viewing, or both.

Tickets for Astronomy Night Planetarium shows become available 2 days prior to each show (on Tuesday at 11:30am).

Astronomy Night telescope viewing begins shortly after sunset and therefore the start time changes according to the seasons. The current Astronomy Night schedule is as follows:

Season Dates 2021 - 2022 Dates Planetarium show times
Observatory open (if sky is clear)
Fall September – Daylight Savings Time ends (mid-November) Sept. 2
Spet. 16
Oct. 7
Oct. 21
Nov. 4
7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. if necessary) 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Winter

Daylight Savings Time ends (mid-November) – Daylight Savings Time begins (mid-March)



There will be no shows in January due to the University’s winter break. 

Nov. 18
Dec. 2
Feb. 3
Feb. 17
March 3

6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. if necessary) 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Spring

Daylight Savings Time begins (mid-March) – May

 

April 7
April 21

7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. if necessary)

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Summer May - August



May 5
May 19
June 2
June 16
July 7
July 21
August 4
August 18

8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. if necessary)

9:30-11:30 p.m.

Tickets for all Astronomy Night Planetarium shows become available 2 days before each show (on Tuesday at 11:30am) and must be pruchased online. There is a suggested ticket price of $5 per seat.  There is a limit of 5 tickets per group. Printed or digital tickets must be presented at the door for admission. We will no longer be issuing tickets at the door. Tickets are void if presented after the start time listed on the ticket - latecomers will NOT be seated.

Reserve Tickets

Planetarium Shows

  • Planetarium shows are appropriate for ages 7 and up.
  • Tickets are required for public planetarium shows.
  • Planetarium shows take place in a dark indoor domed theater.
  • Please arrive before the start time. Latecomers will not be admitted.
  • For large groups (5 or more) we recommend that you schedule a private show at the Planetarium.
  • The Planetarium is located in Coykendall Science building lobby.

Observatory Viewing

  • A typical viewing night at Smolen Observatory will include a planet or two, star clusters, binary stars, and nebulae.
  • Observatory visitors will spend most of their time outdoors. Be sure to dress appropriately; it always feels colder when you are standing still for long periods of time.
  • Visitors of any age are welcome at the Observatory, but we ask that younger children be under adult supervision at all times.
  • The Observatory is wheelchair accessible.
  • You may come and go to the Observatory as you please during the viewing time.
  • Tickets are not required for the observatory viewing.
  • Once the viewing has begun the outdoor lighting surrounding the Observatory will be turned off. Be prepared to walk to and from your vehicle in the dark.
  • There are no restroom facilities at the Observatory.
  • Scout troops, school groups, etc. are welcome to attend the public viewing nights. We do appreciate you letting us know in advance so that there are not too many groups present in one night.
  • The Observatory is located in the Alumni Soccer Fields on the south side of the campus.

Private Planetarium Shows

The Planetarium is available for private shows, such as for corporate, civic, scouting organizations, family trips, etc. Teachers are welcome to arrange a visit to the Planetarium as a field trip activity. Please contact the Planetarium Director at pandyar@newpaltz.edu to set up a private show.

The following policies apply to all campus events:

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask while inside campus buildings, in accordance with campus-wide policy.
  • Visitors ages 17 and above must show a photo ID and proof of full vaccination or a negative 72-hour COVID-19 test.
    • Proof of full vaccination may include a CDC vaccination card or a valid New York State Excelsior Pass.
    • New Paltz faculty, staff and students will be admitted by showing their campus ID, as they are already required to be vaccinated or participate in periodic COVID-19 testing.
  • Children ages 16 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement when accompanied by a parent or guardian or when attending as part of an approved school field trip.
  • Audience members who feel unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not attend in-person events.
  • Planetarium shows are appropriate for ages 7 and up.
  • There is a flat rate of $125.00 per show for private showings.
  • Seating is limited to a maximum of 43 people without social distancing.
  • Shows are typically 45 minutes in duration.
  • The show’s content can be customized for your group.
  • Shows can be geared to any age group from children age 7 through adults.

 

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Virtual planetarium shows:

August 2021 Planetarium Show recording

Mini virtual planetarium show - June 10, 2021 Sunrise Eclipse

May 2021 virtual planetarium show

Late April virtual planetarium show (In Spanish)

Late April virtual planetarium show (In English)

Click here for the early April virtual planetarium show 

Click here for the late March/Vernal Equinox virtual planetarium show 

Click here for the mid February virtual planetarium show 

Click here for the December 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the late November 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the early November 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the late September/Autumnal Equinox 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the early September 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the early August/Perseid Meteor Shower 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the comet NEOWISE/Late July 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the early July 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the late June/Summer Solstice 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the early June 2020 virtual planetarium show

Click here for the May 2020 virtual planetarium show

 

 

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