Astro Afternoon Sunday 10/6

The Astro Afternoon line-up for Sunday is as follows:

  • 1:00 The Sky this Month LIVE (~45 min)
  • 2:00 “Gettysburgians Talk about Time” (a Hatter Planetarium original show, 50 min, suggested for ages 12+)
  • 3:00 “From Earth to the Universe” (Produced by Theofanis Matsopoulos & European Southern Observatory, 30 min, suggested for ages 8+)
  • 4:00 The Sky this Month LIVE (~45 min)

The Hatter Planetarium is located in Masters Hall, Room 115, on the Gettysburg College Campus. Shows are free and all are welcome as long as seats remain. Like most planetariums, there is no admittance once a show begins, so be sure to be there on time. In between shows we’ll have astronomy podcasts playing in the theater and a safe solar projection telescope set up outside the building, weather permitting.

Shows Thursday and Sunday

THE SKY THIS MONTH
Thursday, Sept 19,12:00 noon.
Immersive, live presentation on the current night sky, as well as recent astronomy news. General audience ~40 min.


ASTRO AFTERNOON
Sunday, September 22, starting at 1:00 PM.

Come for as many shows as you’d like. Weather permitting, we will set up a safe solar telescope near the fountain between shows.

  • 1:00 The Sky this Month LIVE
  • 2:00 “Constellations Across the Cultures” (a Hatter Planetarium original production) 30 min.
  • 3:00 Two Small Pieces of Glass (good show for grades 4-8) 30 min.
  • 4:00 The Sky this Month LIVE

The Hatter Planetarium is located in Masters Hall, Room 115, on the Gettysburg College Campus. Shows are free and all are welcome as seats remain. No admittance while a show is running.

Inaugural “Astro Afternoon”

Join us for our first “Astro Afternoon” of planetarium shows. Come for as many shows as you choose. The lineup for Sept. 8 is as follows:

  • 1:00 The Sky this Month LIVE (~45 min)
  • 2:00 Oasis in Space (good show for elementary ages, 30 min)
  • 3:00 “Quandaries of the Cosmos” (a Hatter Planetarium original production, 30 min)
  • 4:00 The Sky this Month LIVE (~45 min)

Between shows we will play astronomy-related podcasts in the dome and set up a solar telescope outside if the sky is clear. The Hatter Planetarium is located in Masters Hall, Room 115, on the Gettysburg College Campus. Shows are free and all are welcome as seats remain. No admittance while a show is running.

Fall 2019 Public Show Schedule

Hatter Planetarium, Masters Hall

We are excited to announce another semester of public shows at the Hatter Planetarium! There are a couple of important changes that we hope will make it easier to attend.

ASTRO AFTERNOONS. Twice a month during the academic year we will offer an afternoon of four shows. A typical schedule will look like this:

  • 1:00 The Sky this Month LIVE
  • 2:00 Recorded Show (e.g., “Oasis in Space”)
  • 3:00 Recorded Show
  • 4:00 The Sky this Month LIVE

Weekday Showings of The Sky this Month, 12:00 Noon. We are adding a second Thursday at noon showing to this program. Since we will be repeating “The Sky This Month” at six showings on four dates, note that repeated presentations of this program in the same month will include minor updates for sky position on the current date but otherwise will be substantially the same. Breaking astronomy news will be held for the next month’s show.


ASTRO AFTERNOONS (Shows at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00)

  • September 8
  • September 22
  • October 6
  • October 20
  • November 3
  • November 17
  • December 1
  • December 15

1:00 and 4:00 will be “The Sky this Month” (running time ~45 minutes). Titles and descriptions of the 2:00 and 3:00 shows will be posted on this blog as dates approach.

The Sky this Month (@Noon!)

  • September 5
  • September 19
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
  • November 21
  • December 5

The Hatter Planetarium is located in Masters Hall, Room 115, on the Gettysburg College Campus. Shows are free and all are welcome as seats remain. No admittance while a show is running.

The schedule is also available via the College’s events calendar and as a PDF.

New Show Opens April 14

Science fiction, and especially science fiction about space, has long been a sandbox for exploring ethical questions. For this year’s Hatter Planetarium production the staff (Fran Costa ’19, James Lamb ’21, Mikayla Cleaver ’19, and director Ian Clarke) created four scenarios exploring ethical dilemmas related to the universe beyond earth. These scenarios may be at times whimsical, but they all investigate their subjects with at least a moderate degree of realism.

Who needs Sean Bean or Patrick Stewart? For this show we also brought in some voice talent. Former astronomy student and member of the Owl and Nightingale Players Gauri Mangala ’21 is your narrator.

Gauri smiles at the conclusion of her
recording session

Sunday, April 14, 2:30 & 4:00 PM
Thursday, April 18, 12:00 Noon

As usual this show is free and open to the public, first-come, first-served. The Hatter Planetarium is located in Masters Hall, room 115. Doors close when the show begins.

A Show Will Go On (March 3)

A show will go on! Our student assistants are on campus and will have a presentation at 2:30 and 4:00 for anyone who shows up despite the winter storm today. It won’t be “The Sky this Month,” however. That will be offered Thursday 3/7 at 12:00 Noon as scheduled.

Coming Up: The Sky this Month

The Hatter Planetarium will resume our series of monthly sky talks on January 27 at 2:30 and 4:00 PM and January 31 at 12:00 noon. 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 news will include a look at the recent Ultima Thule fly-by as well as some views of Sunday’s lunar eclipse. Sky highlights will include two bright planets in the morning sky.

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.

Spring 2019 Show Schedule

It’s time to announce our schedule of public shows for Spring 2019. The first show of the semester is “The Sky this Month” on January 27 and 31. All of our shows are free and open to the public and the campus community until seats are filled. Doors close when the show begins. Duration of the shows varies, but all are under an hour.

Following in the tradition of “Constellations across the Cultures” (2017) and “Gettysburgians Talk about Time” (2018), we are creating another in-house production this spring. The topic, chosen with our student assistants, will be the ethics of space exploration. The title is TBA, but it will debut on April 14. Watch this blog for updates as we work on it.

Scroll down for the full schedule. You can also download it as a PDF or access it via the college’s events calendar.

The Sky this Month

Immersive tour of the current sky, plus astronomy news and notes. General audience.

  • January 27, 2:30
  • January 27, 4:00
  • January 31, Noon

From Earth to the Universe

Good show for kids grade 4+ and their families.

  • February 17, 2:30
  • February 17, 4:00
  • February 21, Noon

The Sky this Month

  • March 3, 2:30
  • March 3, 4:00
  • March 7, Noon

‘How Did it Get so Late so Soon?’: Gettysburgians Talk about Time

Our own production from Spring 2018; featured in the winter alumni magazine.

  • March 24, 2:30
  • March 24, 4:00
  • March 28, Noon

The Sky this Month

  • March 31, 2:30
  • March 31, 4:00
  • April 4, Noon

Our Own New  Production, Title TBA

Working topic is space ethics. Check the website/blog for updates!

  • April 14 , 2:30
  • April 14, 4:00
  • April 18, Noon

The Sky this Summer

  • April 28, 2:30
  • April 28, 4:00
  • May 2, Noon

Upcoming: The Sky this Month

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

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. This month’s program will include the astronomical roots of Halloween and the hopping rovers of Hayabusa 2.

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.