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EMU PlanetariumPlanetarium

The new EMU Planetarium opened as a classroom on January 5, 2011.  It is is located in the spherical classroom (room 402) in the New Science Complex. The room is home to over 450 students studying astronomy each semester.

The EMU Planetarium is a 37-seat facility with a 28 foot-diameter domed ceiling, featuring:

  • a Digitalis Epsilon planetarium projector
  • a high-definition presentation projector
  • 7.1 Dolby surround sound
  • LED lighting
  • a SMART board

The facility resides in a spherical classroom suspended four stories above the ground in the atrium area of the New Science Complex.

All of the equipment in the new EMU Planetarium was acquired through the generous donations of friends, faculty, and emeritus faculty of the Department, as well as the Department of Physics and Astronomy and EMU.


There are several courses offered at the EMU Planetarium:

  • ASTR 105 Exploration of the Universe (3 hrs) - formerly ASTR 203
  • ASTR 204 Astronomical Investigations (1 hr)
  • ASTR 205 Principles of Astronomy (4 hrs)
  • ASTR 311 Astronomy for Elementary Teachers (3 hrs)
  • ASTR 315 Observational Astronomy (3 hrs)
  • ASTR 370 Astrophysical Concepts (3 hrs)

For more information

For more information about the EMU Planetarium and to inquire about use of the facility, please contact: