Looking for something cool AND educational to do this summer? Seminole State College of Florida enhances the educational, economic, and cultural vitality of Central Florida by providing exemplary learning opportunities for a diverse community. This mission embraces the general public through enrichment and quality of life programming and production of lifelong learning and cultural events to include fine arts, theater, speaker series and planetarium shows. All events are family-friendly, open to the public, and free to attend (unless noted with a nominal ticket price).
Planetarium Events at Seminole State College
Summer Laser Extravaganza
We celebrate the start of the planetarium year with a weekend of laser shows — the Summer Laser Extravaganza! Ten shows over three nights covering the entire musical spectrum, from classic rock to electronica and everything in-between! For full show descriptions, please visit http://www.av-imagineering.com/index.php/laser-shows/. $10 for adults, $8 for students and adults 55+, $5 for Seminole State faculty, staff and students with College ID. Ticketing for each show will begin 10 minutes prior to the presentation. A valid ticket stub from a previous laser showing will be good for $2 off any admission level.
Legends of the Night Sky Children’s Laser Shows
We invite kids of all ages to join us for some family-friendly laser fun at the Planetarium! We’re presenting a double-helping of planetarium double features: “Legends of the Night Sky’,” one of the most well-received children’s laser shows ever produced, and a guided tour of our Solar System utilizing the planetarium’s immensely powerful fulldome video system. While the event is open to everyone, the laser shows are most appropriate for ages 12 and under. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-17 and Free for children under three years of age.
July 12 – 1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky” Double-Feature, 2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “ElectroPop” Matinee
July 13 – 1:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”, 2:30 p.m. Laser Show: “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus”
“Stories of the Night Sky”
July 14, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and July 28, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
“Stories of the Night Sky” is a five-episode series of presentations that explore the myths, legends and facts surrounding some of the most famous and important constellations in the sky. Part of the planetarium’s cultural astronomy series, “Stories of the Night Sky” showcases constellations currently visible, and guests will hear these stories as they were told many years ago – underneath a dark, star-filled sky. Most appropriate for ages nine and up. Episodes are live presentations, so content can be modified for age appropriateness. $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 3-17 and 55+ and free for Seminole State students, faculty, and staff.
Central Florida Nights
July 21: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium – 100 Weldon Blvd., B, Sanford, FL 32773
Central Florida Nights is the flagship show of the Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State, shown more times each year than any other show. Offering a guided tour of the current night sky, it is updated every two weeks to match the slow march of constellations we see as Earth revolves around the sun. During each presentation, guests will learn how to locate seven or eight prominent constellations. The locations of the visible planets, upcoming meteor showers, bright comets and other notable celestial happenings will also be explored. Skies permitting, guests can go outside afterward to identify many of the objects seen during the show. They can also take a look at the night sky through the planetarium’s telescopes. Please note that the planetarium will not hold telescope viewings during the months of May-August.
Appropriate for all ages. “Central Florida Nights” is shown the first and third Friday of each month.
Visit https://www.seminolestate.edu/planet/ for more dates, times, and events all summer long.