Fall Quarter 2011
Planetarium shows are offered to all students enrolled
in the introductory Astronomy courses during the quarter. Members of
the OSU community (student, staff, and their families) are welcome to
attend on a space-available basis (please see the
OSU Planetarium webpage for
more information about special programs for the general public).
Our shows are only offered during the first few weeks of each quarter -- we do
not currently offer shows throughout the entire quarter. If you would like to attend a show
but have missed all of those currently listed below, please check back with this website at the beginning
of the next academic quarter for the next round of shows.
Please note that the planetarium shows listed on this site are no longer accompanied by
roof night telescope presentations. Please see the Roof Night section below for the roof night
Planetarium Show Schedule
|3 Oct 2011
|4 Oct 2011
|5 Oct 2011
|11 Oct 2011
||Coker & Grier
|12 Oct 2011
||Antognini & Mogren
|13 Oct 2011
||Mudd & Mogren
|17 Oct 2011
||Adams & Grier
|18 Oct 2011
||Somers & Grier
Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes before the scheduled time for
the planetarium show since the doors will remain closed once the
show begins in order to keep people's eyes dark adapted.
Telescope Observing Sesssions/Roof Nights
In addition to planetarium shows, we offer two telescope viewing
sessions per quarter. Telescope viewing sessions feature the
department's 12-inch Meade computer-controlled telescope, located on the
roof of Smith Laboratory. The viewing session will be run by Ohio State
astronomy graduate students, and will include the observation of several
exciting astronomical objects. This often includes, but is not limited
to, the moon, various planets, nebulae, and globular clusters.
All Telescope Roof Nights are subject to cancellation due to weather
without notice. (You can't see stars through clouds, and you don't want
to get the telescope wet!) If a Roof Night is cancelled, then we
usually try to have an "Alternate Roof Night" on an alternate
night. Tentative rain dates are listed here; any rescheduled roof nights
will be posted on this web site beforehand.
Roof Night Schedule
||Rain date (tentative)
|6 Oct 2011
||13 Oct 2011
|19 Oct 2011
||RESCHEDULED TO 10/26 DUE TO CLOUDS/RAIN
||26 Oct 2011
|26 Oct 2011
||CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.
||No rain date
Please return to this website next quarter for the next round of roof nights.
Topics covered in the planetarium shows include a general description of
the night sky, how it changes over time, how it changes depending on
your position on Earth, and why the Earth has seasons. The shows are
given by graduate students in the OSU Astronomy Department and are
presented at a level appropriate for students taking the introductory
level Astronomy courses.
Some professors offer one-time extra credit for attending planetarium
programs. Please see the TA giving the show after the program to
get on the sign-up sheet. You must sign-in in-person (no proxies).
Students who leave early will not receive attendance credit.
The OSU Planetarium is located on the 5th floor of Smith Laboratory [MAP
get there, use the north-east entrance and take the elevator to the 5th
floor. The planetarium will be to your right, and a sign will be
pointing the way.