Dibert-Roddick Planetarium

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

2016-2017 Schedule

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 dibert-roddick@ship.edu or call 717-477-1491.

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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 Jupiter Small

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

Milky Way sq

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 on hand.

(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

Milky Way sq

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

Merging Black Holes

Cancelled -- Sorry

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 date.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Special Encore of the Easter Show!

Merging Black Holes

The Easter Sky 2017 -- Encore

Due to popular demand we have added an encore presentation of our Easter Show.

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. If you’re not online just call 717-477-1491 and leave a message.