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

October 23, 2018: The Night Sky of Fall

A repeat of the September 11 show, but with the Halloween full moon approaching we will discuss the phases of the moon and if it is clear we might have a telescope or two available to look at the moon.

November 1, 2018:   CANCELLED

November 20, 2018: The Fall Children’s Star 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 a reservation early so we have plenty of star charts on hand. (This show is intended for children five and older)

December 4, 2018: 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 coming winter sky.

January 22, 2019: The Winter Sky – Again!

An encore presentation of the December 4th show with an added presentation on the types and evolution of stars found in the night sky.

February 19, 2019: Special Topic: Sunspots and the Sunspot Cycle

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.