If you’re fascinated with the night sky, stars, and the rest of space out there, the Astronomy Department at The Ohio State University has some fun programs for you!
While they used to host free public programs at The Arne Slettebak Planetarium, they are currently suspended for health and safety. But you can learn online with Zoom events and online programming until they can reopen.
To Space & Back Virtual Show
Check out the To Space & Back virtual show – anytime! “To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet.
It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!”
Free course: FROM PLANETS TO COSMOS
Enroll in the course From Planets to Cosmos – FOR FREE! Kick-off your exploration of the Universe with our FREE online course on OSU’s Scarlet Canvas. Take our self-paced offering to understand the revolutionary ideas brought about by Copernicus through modern discoveries of today.
Enrollment is super fast, so you can get started within minutes of registration. The self-paced class started February 10, but you can join anytime during the course. This course requires approximately 32 hours to complete. Instructor will not be grading the assessments or engaging in any discussion forums, and there is no certificate of completion awarded.
Astronomy Zoom Webinars
See events website to see free upcoming Zoom webinars.
Every week astrophysicist Paul Sutter takes your questions about all things science with Space Radio on WCBE 90.5FM. Shows are recorded Thursdays at 4:00 PM and air Saturdays at 2:00 PM. In addition, episodes are live streaming on Facebook and YouTube, and available as podcast downloads. Visit the show website for more info!
The Arne Slettebak Planetarium
Currently closed to the public.
Operating since 1968 by the Department of Astronomy, the 63-seat 30-foot dome theater with brand new Sky Skan Digital Sky Dark Matter Rendering Engine and Scidome XD projectors give exquisite views of the night sky.
The upgrade enhances the ability of OSU astronomers to add their own datasets from research they are doing. Go on digital journeys to the planets, stars, and distant galaxies.
The Planetarium at Ohio State offers Live Shows, Fulldome Feature Presentations, and occasion special events throughout the academic year. Students and faculty in OSU Department of Astronomy present the shows.
All live shows are appropriate for children over ages 3-4, if they are able to sit quietly in the dark for 40+ minutes. Look for select Saturday shows geared towards younger children when available. It’s a great way to introduce kids to Astronomy, or further encourage their interest.
Programs include (find descriptions here):
- The Sky Tonight Live Show
- Voyage Through the Solar System Live Show
- Icy Birth, Fiery Death: The Life Cycle of Stars Live Show
- Back to the Moon, FOR GOOD: Fulldome Feature Presentation
- Chasing the Ghost Particle: Fulldome Feature Presentation
- Two Small Pieces of Glass: Fulldome Feature Presentation
- Oasis in Space: Fulldome Feature Presentation
Advanced registration is recommended, as many programs sell out. Check the Eventbrite page regularly. You do not need to print out tickets; they will check you in upon arrival.
Upcoming shows at the Planetarium at Ohio State
Click here to see whether any future programs have been scheduled.
The Arne Slettebak Planetarium is located on the 5th floor of Smith Laboratory on the OSU main campus in Columbus, Ohio.
172 W 19th Ave
Columbus Ohio, 43210
Phone: 614 292-1773
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Val Cannell says
You have to visit the Ohio State Planetarium when they are hosting programs. Currently there aren’t any programs on the schedule, but they will likely add some soon!
MARI SUNAMI says
When is the best time for a visit to the Planetarium with 2 children, ages 9 and 11?