Spring 2017 Schedule of Public Shows

Happy New Year! Below is our schedule of free, public shows for the spring academic semster. As regulars know, the “Sky this Month” shows are live planetarium talks presented by our director. They include a tour of the current night sky and discussion of recent astronomy news and related concepts. The other shows are recorded full-dome presentations from top producers of planetarium media. (Except the April 23rd show – we’ll be producing that one ourselves. Stay tuned.) These recorded shows will be preceded by a brief live tour of the current night sky via our Spitz SciDome projector. All the shows will last approximately 40 minutes. The Hatter Planetarium is located on the first floor of Masters Hall on the Gettysburg College campus. First-come, first-seated. The doors close when the show begins.

You can also see an updating calendar of our upcoming events on our web site.

Hatter Planetarium Schedule

Spring 2017

Sunday, January 29

  • The Sky this Month
    • 3:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM

Sunday, February  12

Sunday, March 5

  • The Sky this Month
    • 3:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 26

Sunday, April 2

  • The Sky this Month
    • 3:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM

Sunday, April 23

  • Full-dome show TBA (a Hatter Planetarium original production)
    • 3:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM

Sunday, May 7

  • The Sky this Month
    • 3:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM

 

The Sky This Month: December 2016

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Stop by the Hatter Planetarium for our final public show of 2016: 2:30 and 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 4. Show topics will the winter solstice, a tour of the December skies, and recent astronomy news.

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.

Upcoming in November and December

It may not show on the vents calendar just yet, but here’s what’s ahead:

“Oasis in Space” (full dome video), preceded by a live sky show
Sunday, November 20, 2:30 and 4:00 PM

“The Sky this Month: December”
Sunday, December 4, 2:30 and 4:00 PM

The shows are free and all are welcome. First-come, first seated. Doors close when the show begins.

New Student Assistants

students A very enthusiastic welcome to new student assistants Francesca Costa, ’19, and Avery German, ’20. Fran is a Classics major who brings outreach experience from the New York Historical Society, the Guggenheim Museum, and a zoo. She has also completed both semesters of introductory astronomy at Gettysburg College. Avery is a Physics major who has worked as a Peer Learning Associate in the department. He has also completed an internship at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The are currently training to use the tools of our new planetarium and will soon be helping us offer field trip opportunities to school and community groups. Everybody who works in the Hatter Planetarium, director included, does so part-time. Therefore student help has always been an integral part of allowing us to do what we do, and with these two impressive additions, we every reason to expect this to only increase in the future.

The Sky This Month: November

Sunday, Nov. 6
2:30 & 4:00 PM

Visit our immersive, full-dome digital theater for a guided tour of the current night sky and a review of recent astronomy news. Topics this month will include constellations with a “watery” theme, astronomical Halloween, and the upcoming so-called “supermoon.” 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 and the public is welcome. First-come, first-seated; the doors close when the show begins.

Blast from the Past on October 23!

 

Here’s what we’re working on next:

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“Invitation to Stargazing”
October 23, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 PM

“Invitation to Stargazing” is a planetarium show written and delivered in September of 1975 by Professor (now Professor Emeritus) Laurence Marschall. Earlier this fall Dr. Marschall kindly recorded his original script for us, and we are preparing a modern digital planetarium presentation to accompany his words from the past. You’ll hear about timeless star lore as well as the vistas of solar system science that were just beginning to be opened by the space probes of the 70s.

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.

No Reservations

Many, many thanks to Kristi Waybright, who took reservations for our first few public shows after our renovation. Having watched our attendance numbers, we’ve decided that system is not needed any longer. Therefore, starting with our October 23 shows, we will revert to our first-come, first-seated policy. Doors will open approximately 20 minutes before show time, and we will continue seating until the 40 seats are filled.

Seats Available Sunday

“The Sky this Month”
Oct 2 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00

After close of reservations yesterday, we still have seats available in all three shows. It’s a great time to see the newly renovated planetarium if you have not already!

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. First-come, first-served for the non-reserved seats. Doors close when the show begins.

The Sky this Month: October 2

“The Sky this Month”
Sunday, October 2
1:00, 2:30, and 4:00 PM

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.

NOTE: seating is limited to 40 in the newly renovated planetarium classroom. You may reserve a seat by emailing kwaybrig@gettysburg.edu in the Physics Department BEFORE 3PM FRIDAY 9/30. Please specify a show time and arrive at least five minutes before show time to claim your reserved seat. The doors close when the show begins.