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SCCS Planetarium Shows – Back to the Moon

Our first planetarium community night will feature Back to the Moon and will be held on December 10, 2019.  Shows will be held at 6:00 pm, 6:40 pm, and 7:20 pm.  Shows are free to the public on a first come, first serve basis.  Seating is limited to 60 people for each show.  If you can’t make it on that night, the planetarium will be open on a monthly basis with new shows each month.  Upcoming winter show dates are January 14 and February 11. 
Back to the Moon

The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor, including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.

SCCS Planetarium Field Trips
Southern Cayuga Central Schools is pleased to announce that we are ready to book school field trips beginning in December 2019.  Please send requests to  Shows can be arranged for start times between 9:30 -10 am on a daily basis and typically last 40 minutes. 

Private / Non-School Contact

The newly renovated Planetarium is open once again for you to come and experience the wonder and awe of the Universe that we call home.  The Friends of the Planetarium is now scheduling shows open to groups of 20 or more. Frank Benenati, Director of Outside Groups can be contacted at  There will be a small fee for the program. Please contact Frank with questions about scheduling your visit and options for shows. Be prepared to be wowed by the new projection system that fills the dome with brilliant color and motion.  See you in the stars!

SCCS Planetarium Reopening November First

Over the past seven years, countless parents and community members have shared stories of their long ago visits to the SCCS planetarium.  Now is the time to rekindle those memories and to inspire the next generation of students to explore the skies above. 
The Southern Cayuga School District is pleased to announce that renovations are complete and a new state-of-the-art digital projection system is operational.   Over the summer, contractors upgraded all major mechanical systems, electrical, lighting, heating, and ventilation, and created a new robotics lab for our high school students.  The new digital projection system will provide full-dome shows, real-time visualizations, and flight simulations through space.  The technology has come a long way since the original Spitz projector was installed over 50 years ago.   SkySkan Projection Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire, will provide training in late October for a core group of staff members to operate the new projection system.  I promise you’ll enjoy the show. 
The Southern Cayuga Central School District will hold a planetarium open house on November 1 from 5-7 pm.  All are welcome to attend and check out the new projection system, visit the robotics lab, and take a virtual reality field trip.  Beginning in November, we will once again host monthly star shows for the families of Southern Cayuga and field trips for students from across Cayuga County. 
Special thanks go to our community for their approval of the project and to Bob Parker & Tony Cavallaro of J&B Installations for donating and overseeing the complete roof replacement.   Special thanks go to Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Gary Finch for securing a $50,000 state grant to purchase the new projection system.  Special thanks to the tremendous cleaning efforts of our maintenance crew.  Special thanks go to King + King Architects and Watchdog Building Partners for overseeing construction and the Friends of the Planetarium for their continued advocacy.  Most importantly, special thanks go to the SCCS Board of Education for their leadership in bringing this project to fruition. 

Please contact to schedule field trips. (Shows are available mid-morning most days)

Patrick Jensen
SCCS Superintendent
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026