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Northcountry Planetarium at SUNY Plattsburgh

Note: The Northcountry Planetarium is currently closed for renovation and will reopen in the summer of 2013.

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Gateway to the Universe

The Northcountry Planetarium at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, established in 1964, is committed to promoting and providing quality astronomy education and space science awareness for our campus students, local area schools as well as the surrounding community.

Our planetarium facility performs as a 360 degree multimedia sky theater, allowing visitors to experience live, interactive programs as well as automated productions that feature realistic night skies and virtual journeys through our solar system and distance deep space phenomena.

See Thousands of Stars

Enjoyed by our students and community members alike, the Northcountry Planetarium features a ZKP3 Skymaster optical-mechanical projector built in Jena, Germany by Carl Zeiss. Our planetarium projects 7,039 individual stars through 6.3 magnitude as well as 25 deep space objects such as nebula, star clusters and galaxies.

In addition, the ZKP3 can simulate the sky as seen from any point on Earth at any time within a few thousand years of the present. All celestial motion viewed in the sky, including those of solar system objects are represented along with constellations overlays and reference grids, scales and lines needed for accurate positional measurements during educational experiences.

The ZKP3’s 107 celestial projectors have been configured to be run either manually or by automated operation using the SKYPOST computer interface system. Our optical-mechanical planetarium projector is augmented by a number of integrated auxiliary components, provided by Skyskan Inc., including a theater-style sound system, 18 35mm slides projectors, 3 laser disk players, 2 DVD players and a BARCO video projector.

How is a Planetarium Different from an Observatory?

The Northcountry Planetarium is not an observatory. Our ceiling does not open to reveal the actual night sky to be observed with a telescope; rather our dome shaped ceiling remains closed and acts as a hemispherical projection screen for the planetarium projector to accurately simulate the celestial phenomena of night sky as well as their locations and natural motions.

Please join us in our quest to help children of all ages expand their universe.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

To learn more about the Northcountry Planetarium at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Glenn Myer, Director
Office 218 Hudson Hall
Phone: (518) 564-3166
Fax: (518) 564-3169
E-mail: myerge@plattsburgh.edu