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“African Drums under the Stars” returns to the SF Planetarium April 15, 2017

“African Drums under the Stars” returns to the SF Planetarium April 15, 2017

On Saturday night, April 15, 2017 the Santa Fe College Drummers, under the leadership of Professor Leon Larson (“Baba Leon”), will be guiding us through the language of the drum as they perform at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. that evening.  This unique experience is inspired by the rhythms of […]

“Starry Night 2016” at the Florida Museum of Natural History TONIGHT!

“Starry Night 2016” at the Florida Museum of Natural History TONIGHT!

Looking for something unique and interesting to do tonight!  Well do we have an event for you! On Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-10 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 2016.   […]

Planetarium Hosts “The Multiverse and You”

Planetarium Hosts “The Multiverse and You”

Modern physics and the theory of parallel universes bewildering you?  The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College may have something that can help.  At 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th, the planetarium will be hosting a unique musical and visual presentation that will entertain and educate audiences about the possibility of multiple universes beyond our […]

Free “LaserFest” Sneak Peek for Santa Fe College Thursday

Free “LaserFest” Sneak Peek for Santa Fe College Thursday

“LaserFest” begins today as the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College celebrates its 10th Anniversary.  There will be a free sneak peek of one of the LaserFest programs today (Thursday, September 29th) for all Santa Fe College students, faculty and staff.  “We will be showing the ‘Laser Mania’ program on Thursday afternoon, 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm.” remarks Albury, planetarium coordinator.  […]

Experience LaserFest at the Planetarium

Experience LaserFest at the Planetarium

The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its dedication in a big way.  The planetarium is having a Prismatic Magic full-dome laser projection system temporarily installed for “LaserFest”; a four-day festival at the planetarium where there will be educational and musical laser shows presented. “Usually only the big planetariums like the ones in Chicago, […]

Planetarium Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Planetarium Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

It was 10 years ago when a modest extension to Building X on Santa Fe College’s campus in Gainesville, FL finally received a name and became an ‘immersive learning laboratory’ for thousands of area residents. That building is the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and it was named in honor of the mother of John M. Pla, one of […]

James Albury elected President of SEPA

James Albury elected President of SEPA

Santa Fe College gained an additional point of distinction this weekend with the election of James C. Albury (Planetarium Coordinator, Kika Silva Pla Planetarium) as president of the Southeastern Planetarium Association (SEPA).  SEPA is an organization of planetarium professionals from the southeastern United States.  These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, […]

View the Transit of Mercury at the Planetarium Today, May 9, 2016

View the Transit of Mercury at the Planetarium Today, May 9, 2016

A rare event occurs today! Not only is today the first day of classes at Santa Fe College, but Mercury, the swiftest planet in our solar system, will be passing directly between the Earth and Sun. We call this a Transit and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College, in collaboration with the Alachua Astronomy […]

Santa Fe College Drummers to perform at Planetarium

Santa Fe College Drummers to perform at Planetarium

On Saturday night, Nov. 21, the Santa Fe College Drummers, under the leadership of Professor Leon Larson (“Baba Leon”), will be guiding us through the language of the drum at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. that evening.  This unique experience is inspired by the rhythms of […]

Santa Fe College’s Planetarium Gets an Upgrade

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 […]

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