Community Planetarium Shows (see below)
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.
Southern Cayuga Central Schools is pleased to announce that we are currently scheduling school field trips. Teachers should send requests to SCCS-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.
The Friends of the Planetarium is now scheduling shows open to groups of 20 or more. Private groups should contact Frank Benenati at email@example.com to schedule events. There will be a small fee for non-school related programs.
SCCS Community/Family Planetarium Shows 2022-23
Please use the Google Form link, to RSVP.
SCCS Community/Family Planetarium December Shows are on December 5th, we will show two movies. Our double feature will be 'Journey to the Center of the Milky Way' (this is the first showing of this seven minute film) and then, after a 5 minute intermission, we will view a family favorite 'Magic Treehouse: Space Mission'. You can choose to come to both shows or just one!
If you are planning on attending both shows, plan on an hour experience. If you willjust be viewing 'Magic Tree House: Space Mission' join us at 5:30 and plan to stay for 45 minutes. At the conclusion of both shows, we will spend 10-15 minutes learning fun facts about space.
If you plan to view just 'Journey to the Center of the Milky Way' join us from 5:15pm-5:25pm. If you want to just view 'Magic Tree House: Space Mission' the show will be from 5:30pm-6:15pm. To take advantage of our double-feature, join us from 5:15pm-6:15pm!
To reserve seats, please fill out the Google Form. As always, families will be able to take home an activity to extend their experience even further!
Thank you for your patience as we work to restructure the Planetarium webpage. Be sure to visit this page often as we will be sharing links and other information for families to explore space!
Future Winter Show Dates: Monday, January 23rd
March-June dates will be announced soon!
December Show reviews...
Journey to the Center of the Milky Way (7 minutes)
What lies at the heart of our galaxy? For twenty years, ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Keck telescopes have observed the center of the galaxy, looking at the motion of more than a hundred stars and identifying the position of an otherwise invisible object — the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Embark on a Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way and during seven minutes travel faster than light, from the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile right to the center of our own galaxy, where a black hole is consuming anything that strays into its path. (Information about Telescopes & black holes.)
Magic Tree House Space Mission (30 minutes)
Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children’s book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M.” Viewers peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, Jack and Annie nearly get ... well, we don’t want to give the surprise away!
(As a reminder, shows are limited to 60 participants, the Google Form link will be active as long as there are seats available!)
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 SCCS-Planetarium@southerncayuga.org to schedule field trips.