Dibert-Roddick Planetarium

The Dibert-Roddick Planetarium is located in the Franklin Science Center.

Public programs in the Dibert-Roddick Planetarium, Shippensburg University. All shows start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets: $1 - children half-price.

A limited number of private shows are available to school groups and civic organizations for $40 per show. For reservations or to schedule special shows, email dibert-roddick@ship.edu or call 717-477-1491.

To make suggested reservations for any show, e-mail your name and the number in your party to dibert-roddick@ship.edu. We’ll confirm and send directions to the Dibert-Roddick Planetarium. You may also call 717-477-1491 and leave a message.

Schedule

February 21, 2019: Special Topic: Sunspots and the Sunspot Cycle

The February 19 show has been rescheduled to Thursday Feburary 21.

What are sunspots and why does the sunspot number vary on an eleven-year cycle. As we enter what promises to be one of the deepest sunspot minimums in the last 100 years we’ll discuss the nature of sunspots and the effects they have on the Earth’s atmosphere and the possible effects on our weather.

March 5, 2019: The Spring Star Show

Our traditional spring star show. We’ll use the star projector to look at the spring sky and discuss how the motions of the heavens are used to mark time, the seasons and to set events on our calendar. As an example, we’ll discuss the 35 possible dates of Gregorian Easter. We’ll learn why this holiday moves and how a simple rule lets us easily determine its date.

March 19, 2019: Special Topic: Mars, Venus and Earth

Mars, Venus and Earth all formed in roughly the same conditions near our sun and yet have distinctly different surface conditions. We’ll discuss how these planets formed, what we know about them from our space probes and why they are so different.

April 23, 2019: The Easter Calendar and the Spring Sky

An encore presentation of the March 5 show.

May 7, 2019: The Summer Sky and Constellations

As the last show of our season we’ll discuss the constellations, planets and events to look for over the long summer.