Due to all of the conditions of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in our community, the Whittenberger Planetarium will remain closed until further notice. The STARLAB portable planetarium equipment is available for rental by outside groups. Rental rates are currently being determined—please email Amy Truksa if you are interested in dates and prices. We will not be providing programming so you will need to have your own presenter(s) during your rental. All presenters need to receive training before using the equipment. Amy can provide training to vaccinated individuals and you will need to wear a mask during the training per college policy.
Upcoming Planetarium Event Dates
Planetarium events for the 2021-22 academic year will be added when appropriate.
Field Trips to the Planetarium
Timeline: All group visits must be finalized two weeks before your visit.
Capacity: Maximum group size of 50 people.
Cost: Contact the Planetarium for questions about cost.
Contact Information: Please schedule your field trip through email by contacting Kinga.
Accessibility Please let Kinga know if you have special needs in the planetarium as we are limited to two designated spaces for wheelchair seating and extra time is needed to enter the planetarium through the platform lift for handicapped access. The Planetarium has two designated spaces for wheelchair seating.
Ages & Topics
- We work very hard to meet the needs of your particular group in terms of both topics and show length.
- The planetarium can be used effectively as a tool in a variety of disciplines — science (earth science, astronomy), social studies (history, navigation, cultural topics), and English (storytelling, mythology) — and the program can be adjusted to fit your needs/interests. We usually call you the week before your arrival to learn any particular requests. If you have very specific topics that might require extra planning on our part please contact us as soon as you have scheduled your group.
- We offer a Nursery Rhyme show for very young students (preschool, 1st and 2nd grade), and suggest a time of about 30 minutes.
- Other programs can run up to an hour, but that time can be adjusted to fit your schedule (for example, 45-50 minutes, rather than 60 minutes).