Strasenburgh Planetarium Celebrating 50 Years

Strasenburgh Planetarium Celebrating 50 Years

Since RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium first opened its doors in 1968, generations of Rochesterians have explored the wonders of the universe under its dome—and exciting changes are on the horizon as we look forward to the next 50 years!

After three months of renovation, the Strasenburgh Planetarium re-opened on Saturday, Jan.  12, 2019 with Outer Space to Inner Space, a new show for all ages using the Planetarium’s new Digistar 6 fulldome visualization system. In the opening weeks, Outer Space to Inner Space will run on a schedule of frequent performances, to make it easier for visitors to attend at their preferred time, and to reduce waiting time between performances. After the opening weeks, in late winter and spring, the Planetarium’s menu of shows will expand with updated Saturday Night Laser Shows and specially scheduled performances for K-12 school field trip groups. Plans for the remainder of 2019 include monthly Stars with Carl shows featuring the Zeiss star projector as the main attraction; monthly Dome Lab sessions, in which university students and other local content creators will have the opportunity to try their fulldome photography and 3-D modeling projects; and sensory-friendly performances for families who prefer to enjoy the Planetarium as a lights-up, music-down, doors-open environment.

The 50-year-old Zeiss star projector, fondly known as “Carl,” is still in the Star Theater and will be included in each performance.

Share Your Strasenburgh Planetarium Memories

As we celebrate the Planetarium’s golden anniversary, we invite you share your memories, stories, and photos with us online below or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

As you look back, here are a few questions to help bring back your Strasenburgh Planetarium memories:

  • Do you remember your first visit to Strasenburgh Planetarium? What do you remember about it?
  • Who have you enjoyed visiting Strasenburgh Planetarium with? Friends, parents, children, students?
  • Have you ever visited the Planetarium to mark an astronomical event such as an eclipse or a NASA mission?
  • How would you describe your favorite day visiting the Planetarium?

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