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 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 email@example.com or call 717-477-1491.
|Tuesday, October 11, 2016
||The Motions and Patterns of the Autumn Sky
The warm nights of late
summer are fine for stargazing. We’ll review the patterns of the summertime
sky, study the constellations of the fall and look ahead to see what sites the
celestial sphere holds in winter.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Special Event: Science Demonstrations
As a prelude to our fall
children’s show Dr. George Armen from the Physics Department at Shippensburg
University will present a collection of science demonstrations sure to inspire
one and all.
|Tuesday, November 15, 2016
|Fall Children's Show
Can you remember when you
first became aware of the stars? With so much light pollution today, the sparkling
skies of the planetarium may provide a child’s best introduction to the
celestial wonders. Make your reservation early so we have plenty of star charts
(This show is intended for children who are at
least five years old.)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
The Stars of the Winter Sky
The vivid constellations and the cold clear nights of late autumn offer a great time to look at the stars. With our star projector we will point out some of the prominent stars and objects found in the constellations of the December sky. Using these stars as examples we will discuss the life and death of the many types of stars found in the heavens. If the weather permits we will have a short observations session in the observatory after the show.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Special Event!: The Gas Giant and their Moons
With the arrival of the Juno probe at Jupiter and the winding up of the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn one of our staff will discuss what we’ve discovered about the icy worlds of the Gas Giants
|Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Imaginative Astronomer
Our traditional winter star
show: The constellations, motions and patterns of the winter sky. If it is
clear and you can climb stairs you can join us in the Observatory for a short
observation session after the show.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Special Event: General Relativity, Black
Holes and Gravitational Waves
Dr. Alan Cresswell from the Physics Department
of Shippensburg University will give a special lecture on the recent
observations and developments in gravitational physics and astronomy. The
lecture is intended for the general public.
|Tuesday, March 7, 2017
||The Easter Sky 2017
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
To make suggested reservations for any show, e-mail your name and the number in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll confirm and send directions to the Dibert-Roddick Planetarium. If you’re not online just call 717-477-1491 and leave a message.