Planetarium Prepares for Final Total Lunar Eclipse

  Sky watchers will be in for a rare treat the evening of Sunday, Sept. 27.  If you go outside at 9:15 p.m., you’ll be able to experience the last total lunar eclipse visible from Gainesville until 2019. “This particular total lunar eclipse is the last in a series of four sequential total lunar eclipses,” said James Albury, … Continue reading Planetarium Prepares for Final Total Lunar Eclipse

Free Planetarium Shows on Dr. Sally Hoffman Day Sept. 1

Celebrate the life of Dr. Sally Hoffman, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.   Sally Hoffman PhD. was born on Sept. 1, 1943 and was a Professor of Astronomy and Physical Sciences here at Santa Fe College for 40 continuous years from 1974 until her passing in December 2014. It was Sally’s goal to have … Continue reading Free Planetarium Shows on Dr. Sally Hoffman Day Sept. 1

Santa Fe College’s Planetarium Gets an Upgrade

The Gainesville community can now view the universe as never before in the newly upgraded Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. In December 2014, the planetarium retired its aging digital planetarium projector and upgraded to a higher definition, RSA Cosmos 1C-3K system. “The original digital projector was installed in summer 2006, and at the time the technology … Continue reading Santa Fe College’s Planetarium Gets an Upgrade

Planetarium participating in Starry Night 2013, Fri. Nov. 15

On Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., a partnership of Santa Fe College Astronomy, University of Florida Astronomy, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, and the Alachua Astronomy Club, Inc. will present Starry Night 2013.   The event will be held at the Florida museum of Natural History and will … Continue reading Planetarium participating in Starry Night 2013, Fri. Nov. 15

Planetarium Hosts “Bôa Noite” CD Release Event April 6

Cover art for Morningbell’s CD “Bôa Noite” Gainesville musical group Morningbell will celebrate the release of their 6th studio album “Bôa Noite” Saturday with a special event at the Santa Fe college Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. The Gainesville community is invited  to hear the album before its release at this exclusive listening party. Performances start promptly … Continue reading Planetarium Hosts “Bôa Noite” CD Release Event April 6

Finals Week Planetarium Shows December 10-14, 2012

Final exams have you stressed? Then stop by the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium for “Planetarium Awareness Week”, Monday, December 10 – Friday, December 14, 2012. This finals week tradition continues with presentations of our newest planetarium shows. “We feel ‘Planetarium Awareness Week’ is a great way for faculty and students to ‘de-stress’ after an exam. … Continue reading Finals Week Planetarium Shows December 10-14, 2012

Planetarium Awareness Days May 3 and 4

A “finals week” tradition continues with our 4th “Planetarium Awareness Days.” The show offerings will vary a little each day, so check the schedule below for details. This time, we’re debuting yet another new show! Jack Horkheimer’s “Child of the Universe.” Mankind’s search for a cosmic identity has brought him from the flattering and secure … Continue reading Planetarium Awareness Days May 3 and 4

Sci Dome Demos Today in Planetarium ~ Free Shows!

A message from James Albury, Coordinator, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium: Come see the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium like you’ve never seen it before, in high-definition! For today only, TUesday, Jan. 16, the team at Spitz Inc. has installed the latest in digital planetarium technology, the SciDome XD, the high-definition version of our current digital projection … Continue reading Sci Dome Demos Today in Planetarium ~ Free Shows!

Relax Under the Stars with Fall 2011 Planetarium Awareness Week, Dec. 12-15

Exams have you stressed? Then relax under the stars as a Finals Week tradition continues with our fifth Planetarium Awareness Week! The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College will offer daily planetarium shows during finals week, Monday, Dec. 12-Thursday, Dec. 15. The show offerings will vary a little each day, so check the … Continue reading Relax Under the Stars with Fall 2011 Planetarium Awareness Week, Dec. 12-15

SF Planetarium’s Albury Selected to Co-Host PBS’ “Star Gazer”

Santa Fe College Planetarium Coordinator James Albury was recently named a permanent co-host of the internationally syndicated PBS show, “Star Gazer,” along with astronomer Dean Regas of the Cincinnati Observatory. Regas and Albury have alternated guest hosting the “Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer” show since Horkheimer’s death last August. “It’s quite surreal seeing myself on the … Continue reading SF Planetarium’s Albury Selected to Co-Host PBS’ “Star Gazer”

Celebrate “Jack Horkheimer Day” at the SF Planetarium, June 11

Confused about the cosmos? Can’t tell a planet from a star? Then just give us 5 minutes and we’ll show you what they are! Saturday, June 11 marks the first annual “Jack Horkheimer Day” at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College. Jack Horkheimer, late executive director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium and … Continue reading Celebrate “Jack Horkheimer Day” at the SF Planetarium, June 11

Finals Stress Relief = Planetarium Awareness Week, April 26-29

Exams have you stressed? Then relax under the stars as a Finals Week tradition continues with the fourth annual Planetarium Awareness Week! Enjoy daily planteraium shows at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, Tuesday-Friday, April 26-29. The show offerings will vary a little each day, so check the schedule below for details and visit the planetarium’s … Continue reading Finals Stress Relief = Planetarium Awareness Week, April 26-29

Prepare for the Upcoming “Eclipse” at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium!

There will be a total lunar eclipse visible on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 21. It will occur between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. early Tuesday morning. The best part of the eclipse happens between 1:30 and 5 a.m. as the moon passes through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. During totality (2:30-3:40 a.m.), the … Continue reading Prepare for the Upcoming “Eclipse” at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium!

Relax Under the Stars During Planetarium Awareness Week, Dec. 6-10

End-of-the-semester exams have you stressed? Then come relax under the stars at the 2010 Planetarium Awareness Week celebration at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium! We’re having planetarium shows daily from Monday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. The show schedule each day is as follows: 10 a.m. … Continue reading Relax Under the Stars During Planetarium Awareness Week, Dec. 6-10

Planetarium Shows

All shows are at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at X Building. Florida Skies: Autumn – Friday, November 19, 7:00 PMSpacePark 360: Geodesium Edition – Saturday, November 20, 3:00 PMLegends of the Zodiac: Solstice – Saturday, November 20, 5:00 PM

SpacePark 360 Debuts at Santa Fe College’s Planetarium Oct. 9

Imagine the nine most popular amusement park rides, but instead of riding them here on Earth, you’re riding them on the other planets in our solar system! The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College is proud to announce the arrival of our newest planetarium show, “SpacePark 360,” a 38-minute, full-dome feature presented by … Continue reading SpacePark 360 Debuts at Santa Fe College’s Planetarium Oct. 9