Planetarium & Observatory

Charles M. Kanev Planetarium

We must have a 10-day advance notice when booking shows. The planetarium seats 64 people and is located at 343 West Louther Street, Carlisle PA in the Rector Science Complex (Tome Hall entrance). Planetarium shows are free but you must have at least 15 people to run a show. Shows run about 30-40 minutes. Feel free to come with questions to ask after the show. Select a day/time from list below and click on link to 'schedule a planetarium show'.

Available shows are:
Milky Way Tour
Journey through the Solar System
Constellations for the Seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
A Brief History of Looking Up
Presenters Choice

Students are available to run shows from now until May 3rd on:
Mondays 10am-Noon
Mondays & Wednesdays 7-9pm
Mondays through Fridays 3-4:30pm
Tuesdays & Fridays 7-8pm
Wednesdays 11am-5pm
Thursdays 3:30-8pm
Fridays 10am-Noon
Fridays & Sundays Noon-4pm
(Note: No shows will be available during spring break - March 8th-17th)

Schedule a Planetarium show

Students will run shows throughout the semester that will be open for anyone to attend. Check back here often for show dates & times.
Friday, March 1st at 7pm "A Brief History of Looking Up"

After you attend a planetarium show, we would appreciate your feedback and comments about your visit. Email

Michael L. Britton Memorial Observatory

Atop Tome Hall, Dickinson has the Michael L. Britton Memorial Observatory. Featuring a 24-inch telescope, the facility is regularly used for physics & astronomy projects. For more informaton, please explore this link.