Last Shows of the Academic Year

This is your last chance to catch a public show until September! Lots to talk about, including two NASA missions, a snowstrom on a comet, as well as the summer stars and how to see them.

The Sky this Summer

Sunday, April 29, at 2:30 and 4:00
Thursday, May 3, at 12:00 Noon

Free and open to the public; doors close when the show starts. The show will last about 45 minutes.

New Interdisciplinary Show

POSTERThe show is coming together and were getting pretty excited! “’How Did it Get so Late so Soon?’: Gettysburgians Talk about Time” is planetarium show about time, structured around recorded interviews with Gettysburg faculty whose work in some way touches on time (Professors Milingo, Gimbel, Natter, Isherwood, Siviy, and Chaplain Largen). There are some impromptu person-on-the-street quotes from students as well. Time is productive ground for a planetarium show because there really isn’t a rigorous definition that would function across disciplines in all situations. The show makes no attempt to formulate such a definition, just creatively presents the different ways some academics think and talk about time. In addition to the interviews the show will include some narrated explainers on such things as special relativity and timekeeping. There will be fulldome time-lapse video of campus. And some underwater fulldome video (really!). ​

Gettysburgians Talk about Time

POSTERLike to think deep thoughts? Announcing our new, original, full-dome show for 2017-18! It’s an exploration of our understanding of time, based on interviews with Gettysburg faculty and students, with accompaniment and explanation facilitated by our immersive planetarium theater.

The Hatter Planetarium is located on the first floor of Masters Hall. The show is free, open to the public, and will run about 45 minutes. First-come, first-seated; the doors close when the show begins.The full Spring 2018 schedule can be found here.

 

 

Upcoming: “The Sky this Month”

Sunday, March 25, at 2:30 and 4:00 PM
Thursday, March 29, at 12:00 Noon

“The Sky this Month” for April will be presented a bit early due to Easter weekend. Visit our immersive, full-dome digital theater for a guided tour of the current night sky and a review of recent astronomy news. This free program is a live presentation given by Hatter Planetarium director, Ian Clarke. The Hatter Planetarium is located on the first floor of Masters Hall. The show is free, open to the public, and runs about 40 minutes. First-come, first-seated; the doors close when the show begins.The full Spring 2018 schedule can be found here.

Spring 2018 Schedule of Public Shows

We’re excited to bring you another semester of free digital planetarium shows, starting Sunday, January 28.  The four “Sky this Month” shows will cover what you can see from your yard as well as current astronomy news. “Constellations across the Cultures” is a show we produced ourselves last year. Brand new in April will be our new full-dome show on the topic of time, now in production. We’ll use the full-dome, immersive environment of the planetarium to explore the subject of time and timekeeping from sundials to relativity, with insights from Gettysburg College faculty. Written and produced by Gettysburg College students and staff.

The Sky this Month

  • January 28, 2:30
  • January 28, 4:00
  • February 1, Noon

 

Constellations across the Cultures (Our Own Production from Spring 2017)

  • February 18, 2:30
  • February 18, 4:00
  • February 22, Noon

 

The Sky this Month

  • March 4, 2:30
  • March 4, 4:00
  • March 8, Noon

 

The Sky this Month

  • March 25, 2:30
  • March 25, 4:00
  • March 29, Noon

 

Our Own New  Production on the Topic of TIME, Title TBA

  • April 15 , 2:30
  • April 15, 4:00
  • April 19, Noon

 

The Sky this Summer

  • April 29, 2:30
  • April 29, 4:00
  • May 3, Noon

Here’s the schedule in PDF form: Hatter_Schedule_S18

Coming Up: “The Hot and Energetic Universe”

Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 and 4:00
Thursday, Nov. 16, at 12:00 Noon

The Hatter Planetarium will present “The Hot and Energetic Universe,” a 2016 full-dome film produced by the Integrated Activities in the High-Energy Astrophysics Domain. Trailer below! It will be preceded by a live planetarium sky tour presented by Hatter Planetarium staff. The show is free and the public is welcome. First-come, first-seated; the doors close when the show begins.

Coming Up! “The Sky this Month”

Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 PM
Sunday, Nov. 5, at 4:00 PM
Thursday, Nov. 9, at NOON

Don’t wait another month to see our digital planetarium! We’ll be presenting THE SKY THIS MONTH this Sunday, Nov 5, at 2:30 and 4:00 PM, and then again Thursday, Nov. 9, at noon. Topics will include the LIGO merging neutron star discovery, a possible interstellar visitor (a space rock – not aliens), and the stars and planets of November. Admission is free, and all are welcome. Doors close when the show starts.

Coming up! “Two Small Pieces of Glass”

Sunday, October 15, at 2:30 and 4:00
Thursday, October 19, at 12:00 Noon

“Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope” is a full-dome video show that “follows two students as they . . .learn the history of the telescope” and explore “the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.” BONUS:  our own livedemonstration on the current sky. Total time <40 minutes.

The show is free and all are welcome. Doors close when the show begins.

Upcoming Show: The Sky this Month

Sunday, October 1, 2:30 and 4:00
Thursday, October 5, at 12:00 Noon

Faculty and staff take note: We’ve brought back our weekday noon showing. No food and drinlk in the planetarium, but you should be out by about 12:40.

Visit our immersive, full-dome digital theater for a guided tour of the current night sky and a review of recent astronomy news. This month’s edition will include the astronomical roots of Halloween. This free program is a live presentation given by Hatter Planetarium director, Ian Clarke. The full fall schedule can be found here.

The Hatter Planetarium is located on the first floor of Masters Hall. The show is free and the public is welcome. First-come, first-seated; the doors close when the show begins.

Coming Up: “Constellations across the Cultures”

Written and produced by Hatter Planetarium students and staff, with insights from Gettysburg College faculty, this is our own full-dome show created in Spring 2017.
Sunday, September 17, at 2:30 and 4:00
Thursday, September 21, at 12 Noon.
You might look into the night sky and see a hunter, a bear, or a harp. But what about a drinking gourd, fish trap, or meat ant?  We’ll use the full-dome, immersive environment of the planetarium to explore what constellations are, the history of our familiar set, and how the same groups of stars have been imagined by different cultures at different times. Running time about 40 minutes, including a bonus live sky tour.
The Hatter Planetarium is located on the first floor of Masters Hall. The show is free and the public is welcome. First-come, first-seated; the doors close when the show begins.