News flash! We have been given approval for the deployment of a portable planetarium system! This means that we can bring the planetarium experience to you at a site TBD. Stay tuned for more information, including the resumption of public and summer programs. We anticipate resumption of planetarium shows very soon...
Here is an image of the exterior dome;
(not a great idea to set up outdoors, though...)
And here is a shot of the projection system inside;
25 students and 3 adults can be comfortably seated indoors
In other news, the Planetarium at Fayetteville State University has been repaired, and is fully operational! I heartily recommend a field trip there if those arrangements can be made! This link to request a program is: https://aceware.uncfsu.edu/ShowSchedule.awp?&Mode=GROUP&Group=PLAN&Title=Planetarium+Programs They also have a small aquarium!
In celebration of what would have been Carl Sagan's 82nd birthday, this video, entitled Pale Blue Dot: "...Astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience...to me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot-the only home we've ever known."-Sagan
"Blessed are the peacemakers..."-Matthew
NOTICE: WE ARE CLOSED WHILE WE RECOVER FROM THE FLOODING CAUSED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW.
STAND BY FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VISITATIONS TO SCHOOLS BY THE PLANETARIUM DIRECTOR.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Robeson-Planetarium-and-Science-Center-256104448069
Please note that our schedule is subject to change, as current events in EARTH and space science dictate. We are assigned temporary quarters at Native Angels, 201 E. Livermore Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372; and new temporary phone number 910-671-6000, ext. 3381 .
are 6 mi. west, south on hwy 711 from I-95, exit #17
Director: Ken Brandt
Custodian: Cleveland Oxendine
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Younce
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction
Coming events: The great American Eclipse, August 21, 2017.
and here :
On August 21, 2017, there will be a total eclipse of the Sun visible from the U.S. (and only the US!) The path of what is being called the “All American” total eclipse is only about 60 miles wide and goes from a beach in Oregon to a beach in South Carolina, crossing the country diagonally. The partial eclipse, on the other hand, will be visible to 500 million people in all parts of the US and North America.
It will be very important that everyone who tries to see the eclipse on that Monday in August have information on the local timing of the eclipse and safe viewing instructions.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is making available a popular-level, non-technical introduction to help explain the eclipse, plus how and when to view it safely, with the maps, charts and links you need. The free 8-page booklet, by astronomers/educators Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, is available in PDF format at: http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/extras/files/solarscience/SolarScienceInsert.pdf
Ken Brandt's podcast for the International Year of Astronomy: How to find the directions using the Sun and shadows, can be heard here: Ken's pod cast . Listen to today's podcast Here.
One of the teacher activities linked is Ken's simple way to demonstrate the Phases of Venus, which Galileo saw 405 years ago. The activity can be found here: Galileo Was Right!
Weather: here is a link for our own clear sky clock. See whether it'll be clear or cloudy here in SE NC.
For reservations and other information call (910) 671-6000, extension 3381, or email email@example.com