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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.

Show Schedule

Due to, "Stay at Home", orders future show dates will be made listed when available.
 


 Upcoming Planetarium Show



Rusty Rockets Last Blast
After decades of teaching the basics of rocket physics, Rusty Rocket has decided this will be his last blast, and he already has plans for how he will spend his free time. Still there is one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies focusing on the wide variety of planetary environments. Along the way, we learn Rusty is related to every famous spacecraft to explore the solar system.

The show was created for younger children and their families. 
 



The Southern Cayuga Central School Planetarium 

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 of 2019, 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, has provided training to a core group of staff members to operate the new projection system.  I promise you’ll enjoy the show. 
 
All are welcome to attend and check out the new projection system and visit the robotics lab.  SCCS is hosting monthly star shows for the families of Southern Cayuga and field trips for students from across Cayuga County. 
 
Special thanks goes out 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 to Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Gary Finch for securing a $50,000 in state grants to purchase the new projection system.  Special thanks to the Friends of the Planetarium for their continued advocacy.  Most importantly, special thanks 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