School and Scout Bookings
Bring you class or your scout troop on a tour of the Universe. See the wonders of our solar system; learn about the night sky and much,
much more. All shows are free of charge. Please be aware that the dark environment of the planetarium may not be
suitable to children under 7 years of age.
To make your reservation contact Dr. Zoran Pazameta at (860) 465-5300. The planetarium has a maximum capacity of 50 people. Due to the
heavy usage of the planetarium for our university classes, there are only a limited amount of available times for school or scout bookings.
Currently, only Wednesdays are reserved for planetarium bookings. The planetarium is open for bookings only during the ECSU school term
and is closed during Spring break, Thanksgiving, ECSU intersession (about December 20 to January 20) and the summer break (about May 10
to September 15).
Is your community group or office looking for a unique experience? Why not consider a lunch hour or late afternoon star show at the
Wickware Planetarium. The shows are free of charge; however a small donation to the ECSU Science Club would be greatly appreciated. All
private bookings must be done through Dr. Zoran Pazameta at (860) 465-5300 or through Dr. Russell D. Sampson at
sampsonR@easternct.edu. The planetarium has a maximum capacity of 50 people. Due to heavy
usage of the planetarium by our ECSU classes, there is only a limited amount of available time for private booking. Currently, only
Mondays are free for planetarium bookings. The planetarium is open for bookings only during the ECSU school term and is closed during
Spring break; Thanksgiving, ECSU intersession (about December 20 to January 20) and the summer break (about May 10 to September 15).
Please be aware that the dark environment of the planetarium may not be suitable to children under 7 years of age.
Public Star Shows
The staff of the Wickware Planetarium put on special star shows three or four times a semester. If the weather permits telescopes will be
set up outside for free viewing. If you are interested in attending our shows please email Dr. Russell D. Sampson at
sampsonR@easternct.edu for a free brochure or free tickets to the next show. Our shows are free
but because seating is very limited you should obtain tickets to reserve your seat. Please be aware that the dark environment of the
planetarium may not be suitable to children under 7 years of age.
Spring 2013 Schedule (watch this space for updates!):
|Spring Skies and Space Update
||Monday, February 4
||Monday, March 11
||Monday, April 29
Parking is very limited, especially during the day. All groups visiting the planetarium are encouraged to arrive on campus 20 minutes
prior to the start of the show. There is limited public parking to the east of the Eugene Smith Library. During the day there is ample
parking at the Baseball Park on the north side of Highway 6. A shuttle bus comes every 15 to 20 minutes to pickup your group (the bus
holds about 20 people).
Finding the Planetarium
The Wickware Planetarium is located across from the front doors of the Eugene Smith Library which is just west of the ECSU clock tower.
There is limited visitor parking to the east of the library. Directions to the ECSU campus can be found at
Celestial Images from Students and Faculty
Images of the June 8 2004 Transit of Venus
This image shows hundreds of star-trails caused by the rotation of the Earth. The brightest trail is of the planet Mars moving behind a
thin cloud. There are also numerous trails left by aircraft taking off and landing at a distant airport.
The photo was taken by Jonathan Wilson, as a project for Dr. Sampson's AST 480 class (Independent Studies in Astronomy).
This image shows the northern lights (aurora borealis) over Mansfield Hollow CT on the night of October 30, 2003.
The photo was taken by Marcelo Lopes, Daniel Spada and Sara Woodward, students in Dr. Sampson's AST 225 class (Stars and Galaxies)
Dr. Sampson's Web Picks:
I've been searching the web for many years looking for the coolest astronomy and meteorology web sites. Here is a very short list of some
of the best I've found. Try not to get hooked!
Astronomy Events and News
Astronomical Data, Images and References
Meteorology (when you need to know if it's going to be clear)