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Special Notice: All on-site EMU Planetarium shows are canceled through Spring 2022.

Thank you for your patronage and patience during this time. Planetarium Coordinator, Tom Kasper, has established publicly accessible online presentations of select shows via "[email protected]" from our Planetarium Facebook page. 

The EMU Planetarium opened January 5, 2011 and commenced public shows in January 2013. The Planetarium 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 Mark Jefferson Science Complex. The atrium ground floor features glacial rocks common to Michigan with a theme of "Space above, Earth below". The Sphere can be viewed dramatically from some distance, especially via the north approach, the library walkway, parking structure, Student Center, and Tower dorms.

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.

For general inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

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