SUNY Oswego Planetarium to Celebrate Nearly 50 Years of Programs

OSWEGO — As it prepares to close for renovations and upgrades, the Charles H. Jerred Planetarium at SUNY Oswego will present “A Half Century of Excellence,” free programs for the public, every Sunday in May.

The Sunday shows will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 332 of Piez Hall at the corner of Centennial Drive and Takamine Street on the SUNY Oswego campus. Free parking is available.

“The Charles H. Jerred Planetarium first opened in 1962 and will be closing in June 2010 for three years of major renovations,” said Dr. Scott Roby, associate professor of astronomy at SUNY Oswego and the planetarium’s director. “A new and improved planetarium will reopen in 2013. This final program before the renovations celebrates some of the best demonstrations that have been done over the past 48 years of educational and public outreach service.”

The current planetarium seats only 30 people, and admission is first come, first served. The doors of Piez Hall will open at 6:30 p.m. Because of the nature of planetarium programs, no admission will be allowed once the show is in progress.

The program will last a little under an hour. Shows are suitable for the entire family, though organizers recommend that children be age 4 or older.

Aside from the weekly public programs, groups of 10 people or more can contact Roby to arrange free shows at other times. For information or to schedule group visits of 10 or more people, call 343-4294.