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Free Planetarium Shows on Jan. 22

Jan 18, 2022

Free Planetarium Shows at Valley City State University graphic with a picture of a galaxy

Planetarium Shows

Free Public Double Feature at Valley City State University

Saturday, Jan. 22, 1-2 p.m.

Room 309 Rhoades Science Center

(Elevator available by west entrance)  

1 p.m. – Target Earth Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors

Target Earth explores the possibility of our planet being disastrously struck by a large asteroid or comet.  Reporter Cassie O’Peia interviews astronomers Hunter O’Ryan and Anne Dromeda to find out about these near-earth objects.

1:40 p.m. – Finding Polaris I

Meet Polaris – THE North Star!- Who acts as a tour guide, turning a lost astronomy student’s fact-finding mission into a strange and often humorous adventure.  Polaris begins by introducing the Big and Little Bears, then, the star Betelgeuse tells the story of Orion, Markab of Pegasus, and Vega of the Summer Triangle.  This is a 30-minute program.

Information about the VCSU Planetarium

  • For more information about the VCSU Planetarium contact Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966.

Valley City State University is home to the only Planetarium in North Dakota. Our state-of-the-art Rhoades Science Center houses a Spitz 512 planetarium with a 24-foot domed ceiling and 50 reclining seats.

Each semester, VCSU students produce a new show to be used in the Planetarium. Our shows range from basic astronomy to exploring how Lewis and Clark used the night sky to aid in their exploration of North America.

Our planetarium is primarily used to educate area school and community groups, but is also used for some classes at VCSU, like Astronomy and Earth Science. With no charge for shows, it’s easy to make the trip to our beautiful campus and have a one-of-a-kind celestial experience.