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Community Planetarium Shows

All are welcome to attend our next planetarium community night. 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.

School Field Trips
 
Southern Cayuga Central Schools is pleased to announce that we are currently scheduling school field trips through June 2020.  Teachers should send requests to planetarium@southerncayuga.org.  Shows can be arranged for start times between 9:30 -10 am on a daily basis and typically last 40 minutes. Seating is limited to 60 people for each show. At this time there will be no fee for school related trips.

 Private Groups

The Friends of the Planetarium is now scheduling shows open to groups of 20 or more. Private groups should contact Frank Benenati at friendsoftheplanetarium@gmail.com to schedule events. There will be a small fee for non-school related programs.

 


 

Upcoming Planetarium Show

Upcoming 25 minute show February 11 (Show times 5:30pm & 6:30 pm)

Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the potential that asteroids present to facilitate manned space travel. Through stunning visuals and state of the art computer graphics, the film will present the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire Solar System. 



 

 

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 planetarium@southerncayuga.org 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