The 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!).
Like 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
We are now taking field trip requests from school and community groups for the 2017-18 academic year. Just complete this form on our web site. If you are a teacher or group leader, here are few things to keep in mind when thinking about shows for the 2017-18 academic year:
- Our shows are all free!
- Reserve as early as you can; demand gets heavier after the Christmas break, and our “season” ends in early May.
- Our window for doing shows during weekday school hours will once again be Thursdays. Evenings and weekends are somewhat more flexible, depending on other demands on the space.
- The capacity of the theater is 40 in seats or ~80 on the floor.
- Outreach is an important mission of Gettysburg College’s planetarium, but it is not the primary one. Please be aware that you’re entering a working college environment, probably with classes in session in the building, and also that none of the staff works full-time on the planetarium
- It’s AMAZING!