Public Evenings & Events
All events are free! At each showing, we collect non-perishable food items for the Statesboro Food Bank. We thank you in advance for your donation to help those in need in our community! The planetarium can seat up to 63 visitors with 2 ADA wheelchair spaces. Due to fire code safety for indoor events, we ask that you do not bring strollers into the planetarium.
Tickets will also be available in the planetarium lobby starting at 5:30 P.M. and throughout the evening of the presentations.
Reserved Tickets will be held until the day of the Event where they may be picked up from a volunteer at the entrance of the Planetarium. If tickets are not picked up within 5 minutes of the presentation they will be forfeited. Please arrive early for your desired presentation time, seating together is not guaranteed.
To reserve tickets Email Planetarium@GeorgiaSouthern.edu
Emails must have the Subject “Tickets”
Emails must contain:
- Number of tickets to be reserved
- Show time
- We offer Telescope viewing during the event from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
- Telescopes will be located on the Observation Deck which can be found on the roof of the Math/Physics Building. Signs to the Observation Deck are provided near the stair well by the Planetarium.
- Telescopes are operated by volunteering Physics Majors and Society of Physics Students Telescope Technicians.
- Telescope viewing is dependent on weather. If conditions are not favorable for viewing the sky the Observation Deck will be closed.
SOLD OUT! August 16, 2017. 6 & 7 pm
SOLD OUT! August 18, 2017. 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 pm
This program is all about eclipses – from lunar to total solar. We cover how they occur and what happens when they do. We look back to the proof of general relativity and look forward to upcoming eclipses and where to witness them. Our production includes a variety of wonderful styles – from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books. A very special part of the show relates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse.
Running Time: 25 minutes
September 8, 2017. 6, 7, 8, & 9 pm
Out of devastating events in the cosmos comes new creation. Explosive phenomena are responsible for the way we see the universe today, and not all of them happen on a grand scale.
When giant stars explode as “supernovas,” they seed the galaxies with heavy elements that make planets and life possible. Some collisions we’re only just now starting to understand. For example, when Black Holes collide, they can throw off some of the most energetic particles known, ripping and warping space as they go. But other “explosions” have profound effects as well, such as the beauty and power of super volcanoes which have contributed to the transformation of our world into the life bearing oasis we now enjoy. The smallest of explosions, such as the forced impact of high energy particles, can echo the foundational events of the early universe.
As the universe has transformed into the structure we live in now, even the most elementary particles have endured. This show follows the path of one of these “particles,” a proton, as it participates in nature’s astounding events of rebirth and renewal.
Running Time: 30 minutes
October 6, 2017. 6, 7, 8, & 9 pm
Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, our crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular. For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in fulldome theaters.
©2011 Evans & Sutherland
Running Time: 27 minutes
November 3, 2017. 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 pm
Middle School and Above
Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time! Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.
December 2, 2017. 10, 11, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
“Let it Snow” features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery
Last updated: 8/11/2017