History series continues
History series continues
History Series continues
History Series continues
Outside the dome looking in
Outside the dome looking in
New LED cove lights
New LED cove lights
Testing the Warped Media Projector
Testing the Warped Media Projector

Welcome to Science and Math Education Center &
The Peterson Planetarium!


Peterson Planetarium is an educational outreach branch of the Science and Math Education Center. The planetarium is a teaching facility for campus classes in space science and other courses that schedule sessions in this unique audiovisual theater. It seats 38 under a 24-foot dome, which serves as a projection screen. We have the Spitz 512 star projector that was installed in 1996 and renovated in 2014. To this supplement Earth-bound perspective of the night sky, a hemispherical mirror projection was added in 2014 to provide full dome audiovideo programming. A supplemental digital projector allows for interaction via the Internet or displays shows via DVDs.

Live shows of the night sky and full-dome programs with themes in astronomy, Earth science, biology, history, and mathematics are presented to the public on the second Saturday of the month.  A historical series will be presented on U.S. manned space exploration for the public on Thursday evenings, from January 29 until June 13.  Scheduling presentations for campus students and K-12 schoolchildren can be on weekdays.
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What's new?

  1. From January 27 to February 1 we remember astronauts from Apollo 1, Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia. Mark Brown created a Tribute to Fallen Astronaut"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DetwkdoF-k


  2. Come to the planetarium Thursday, February 5th, 6:30-7:45 pm for the next showing of our NASA historical series on U.S. manned space exploration. The series will be every Thursday from January 29 through June 13. The planetarium is located in Science Hall, room 031. This event is free, but seating is limited. Call 620-341-5636 each week for a reservation.

  3. Peterson Planetarium provides ESU students with employment opportunities to work on live show production and video presentations.  Now hiring - if interested, contact Dr. Aber at 620-341-5636 with a resume of interest and experience. The planetarium is located in room 031, Science Hall, on the west side of the Emporia State University campus, with entrance from Merchant Street. Upcoming program information and events in Peterson Planetarium are found at http://www.emporia.edu/physci/planetarium/shows.html or http://www.emporia.edu/physci/planetarium/planetarium-events.html   Remember that seating is limited and to guarantee entrance to the shows, call 620-341-5636 for reservations.

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Peterson Planetarium has provided quality programming since 1959 for Emporia State University and the greater Emporia/Lyon County community. The Peterson Planetarium is administered through the Departments of Physical Sciences with funds provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Programming at the Peterson Planetarium serves a variety of community and University audiences.  School-age children from the Emporia area and surrounding counties represent the largest group of off-campus patrons of planetarium programming.
Last Updated 2015-1-26