On the third Friday of every month throughout the academic year, faculty, students
and friends of the TU Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences Department give presentations
at the planetarium. The Friday evening shows are open to the public. They usually
include a tour of the night sky and discussion of topics in astronomy.
The Planetarium is Towson University’s primary tool for public outreach in astronomy.
Located in the Science Complex, Room 2206, our Planetarium allows us to simulate the
Universe at any time of the day or night, regardless of weather. It has seating for
50 people under its 24-foot (7.3 meter) diameter dome.
Our all-new Planetarium was built by Spitz, Inc. in 2021. The SciDome presentation
system projects simulations from StarryNight, The Layered Earth, Zygote Body, and
full dome video through two 4K Canon projectors. The state-of-the-art NanoSeam dome
ensures an immersive 4K-by-4K ultra-high-definition image. The quadraphonic sound
system allows for an extra dimension of experience as you tour the cosmos.
Public shows are held the evening of the third Friday of every month, and last approximately
30 to 45 minutes in length. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis except
for the designated ADA/wheelchair seating. Extra showings are added to accommodate
When weather permits, the planetarium shows are followed by telescope observing using
our new 16” diameter Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope as well as with some of
our portable 8” Celestron telescopes.
For more information about the monthly planetarium shows please contact the Department
of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences at pags AT_TOWSON
Private showings can be arranged for schools, events, and other organizations. We
ask that groups range in number from 15 to 50 persons. We regret that we cannot accommodate
small groups on demand. Please use our Planetarium Request Form to inquire about a private showing for your organization.
The planetarium is located in the Science Complex on 2nd Floor, Room 2206 (SC 2206). Parking is available — free from 6 p.m on Friday through
Sunday — in the Glen Parking Garage which is directly across from the Science Complex. Entrance is from Cross Campus