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Public Programs

Public Planetarium Programs

Each weekend includes a combination of educational and entertaining programs with occasional special events. Program information and times for current shows are given below. Click on the Ticket Info tab for prices and links to purchase tickets online. Currently, all tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite.

Policies for Admission:

  • No food or drink allowed in the planetarium.
  • For safety in the darkened planetarium, late arrivals may not be admitted once the program starts. If you need to leave during the program, you may not be readmitted. 
  • Except for designated children's/family programs, children 4 and younger are not allowed at our public programs. 
  • Although masks are no longer required on campus, masking is encouraged. 

Accessibility:

The planetarium is very accessible. Please email us at planetarium@buffalostate.edu if you have questions or need assistance with wheelchair seating or any other accommodations.

Assisted listening devices are available for use at no charge. Contact us ahead of time with any questions or to reserve an assisted listening device for your program. Please plan to leave a license or credit card during your program in order to borrow an assisted listening device. All assisted listening devices are sanitized between uses.

 

CURRENT PUBLIC PROGRAMS

From Dream to Discovery: JWST First Images

Saturdays 7:00pm

By using exciting real-life projects like NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission to Pluto, From Dream to Discovery highlights the extreme nature of spacecraft engineering and the life cycle of a space mission — from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations. We follow this fulldome show by exploring the first images that NASA's new flagship observatory has obtained. Evolving galaxies, atmospheres of exoplanets, and even further evidence of dark matter have already been revealed!

Queen: Laser Music Experience

Saturdays 8:30pm

Start with a layer of heavy metal, add a dash of glam, a pinch of astrophysics, and sprinkle liberally with theatrics. Only THEN will you get a sense of what makes up the legendary Queen, the band who are often touted as being the most educated rock band to ever live. Freddy Mercury put it best when he said, “The whole point of Queen was to be original. We’re a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules, It’s unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear.”

Now, EXPERIENCE Queen's music as you never have before. Program length is ~45 minutes and the playlist is found below.

The playlist:

  • We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions
  • Bicycle Race
  • Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Another One Bites The Dust
  • I Want To Break Free
  • Under Pressure
  • Killer Queen
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Radio Gaga
  • Princes Of The Universe
  • The Show Must Go On

**During our laser music experiences, guests will be exposed to flashing laser lights, theatrical haze, and room-shaking music.

No children under 5 are permitted at our laser shows.

Special Shows for Kids

Programming especially for kids and their families is presented on Saturday, November 12th.  All tickets are $6.

At 11am, our youngest audiences can explore the night sky with friends from Sesame Street in Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky. Join Elmo and Big Bird as they travel to the moon and China, learning about space and choosing their very own  ‘friendship star’! This show is recommended for children ages 1-5 and their families.

At noon, kids ages approximately 6-12 and their families can enjoy the show Perfect Little Planet.

In this program, viewers discover our solar system through a different set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot! Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda.  Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose?

 

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Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Science and Mathematics Complex •  Buffalo, NY 14222
   planetarium@buffalostate.edu