Stephen F. Austin State University’s planetarium in the Cole STEM Building will open Nov. 3, taking visitors on immersive journeys of scientific discovery.

Seating 119, the planetarium provides a unique learning space for all ages, offering more than 20 new programs, covering astronomy, biology, chemistry, climate science, Earth science, engineering, geology and space science.

“The SFA planetarium is like a simulated space ship staffed with knowledgeable tour guides so visitors can explore the wonders of the universe,” said Ed Michaels, planetarium director and lecturer in the Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy.

Public shows will be offered every Saturday, with group shows available throughout the week by reservation. Before each show, Michaels will give a tour of the current night sky, pointing out planets, stars and constellations.

Starting Nov. 3, two shows will be offered. “Molecularium” introduces audiences to the world of atoms and molecules and will be presented at 2 p.m. Though geared toward children ages 5 to 8, the show is open to all ages. Tickets are $3.
“Dark Universe” will be presented at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., letting audiences explore deep space and learn about dark matter and dark energy. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students, and faculty and staff with ID.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the planetarium box office 30 minutes before each show.

To learn more information about shows, view the schedule or make a reservation, visit