Public Evenings & Events

Please join us for educational and exciting events at the planetarium! All events are free. Telescopic viewing following/during evening events, weather permitting. The planetarium can seat up to 63 visitors with 2 ADA wheelchair spaces. No strollers please due to fire code safety for indoor events, thank you.

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Georgia Southern University is now a tobacco-free campus, in compliance with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s policy 9.1.7.  This includes all visitors to our campus and public events, thank you.


Planetarium Public Event 

Friday, April 24, 2015       6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m.


Life: A Cosmic Story

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation 

All ages

Life: A Cosmic Story begins in a redwood forest, with the sounds of wind and life. One redwood looms large, until we approach its branches and enter one of its leaves, adjusting our perspective to microscopic scales inside a cell. We see a pared-down version of its inner workings, learning about the process of photosynthesis and the role of DNA. This scene sets the stage for the story of life.

We then leap backward billions of years to the origin of elements themselves. The early Universe contained mostly dark matter, which drew hydrogen and helium together to form the first stars. The carbon and heavier elements required by living organisms came from generations of stars.

Narrated by Jodie Foster. Produced by the California Academy of Sciences in 2011, winner of Best Fulldome Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Running time: 25 minutes

NEW – Free general admission tickets for each presentation time will be given out during the week of the event in the physics office, room 2005 in the Math/Physics Building. They will also be available in the planetarium lobby starting at 5 pm and throughout the evening of the presentations. Ticket holders must be in line 10 minutes before the start time of the presentation, otherwise seats will be given to visitors waiting. Please arrive early for your desired presentation time, seating together is not guaranteed.

Free sky and moon maps will be available to take home for exploring the night sky from your home. A star show of the current night sky will also be given in the planetarium on what to see from your backyard.
If weather permits, there will be telescopic viewing on the rooftop observing deck with members of the Statesboro Astronomy Club and Department of Physics.

All planetarium events are free and sponsored by the Department of Physics within the College of Science and Mathematics at Georgia Southern University.

Parking is available in the open-gated faculty/staff parking lot to the left at the end of Herty Drive (from Fair Road/GA Hwy 67)

The planetarium is in the Math/Physics Building,  across on the other side of the parking gates between the Eidson House (Honors) and the older Biology Bldg.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Statesboro Food Bank.  Thank you for your donation for those in need.

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Department of Physics Telephone (M-F: 8 am – 5 pm) – 912-478-5292
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY PLANETARIUM • P.O. Box 8031 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5292