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Peterson Planetarium

Join us on a journey to the stars and beyond

At Peterson Planetarium, audiences of all ages can learn about the solar system, gaze at stars and even participate in STEM activities. Our programming serves a variety of community and University audiences.

The planetarium offers educational outreach and serves as a teaching facility for various university courses, as well as local school districts and the community. The theatre seats 38 under a 24-foot projection screen dome. A Spitz 512 star projector was installed in 1996 and the entire facility was renovated in 2014, including the addition of hemispherical mirror projection to provide full dome audio video programming and a supplemental digital projector allowing digital media interaction.


ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE

Be part of this rare celestial event from the comfort of your own screen. Witness the moon pass directly in front of the sun, creating a spectacular "ring of fire" effect.

This event has now passed, however you can watch the entire live stream on hornet365.com/hornetcams


SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT!

We take special requests such as K-12 classes or after-school programs, university or community groups, birthdays, pre-game, and campus tours. All shows and programs are free and open to the public. A $25 group donation is suggested.

See our selection of full dome videos that we offer along with a current night sky tour of constellations and more.

To inquire about scheduling a showing, please call 620-341-5636 or stemoutreach@emporia.edu


Star Parties!

The Peterson Planetarium hosts Star Parties to look at visible planets and the moon. Dates and locations are determined by the moon phase and clouds in the sky.


Peterson Planetarium Shows

The Planetarium has several shows open to the public from Astronomy to Earth and Physical Science. Check them out by selecting the links below!

Astronomy

Discover the astronomy programs available to the public.

Astronomy Programs

Mathematics

Explore programs that focus on mathematics.

Mathematics Programs

Life Science

Explore programs focusing on life science.

Life Science Programs

Earth Science

Explore our Earth science programming.

Earth Science Programs

Physical Science

Explore our physical science programming.

Physical Science Programs

Space + Engineering Technology

Discover our space + engineering technology programs.

Space + Engineering Technology Programs

About the Planetarium

Learn more about the planetarium, our history, and more.

Learn More