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

Dr. Sally Hoffman, professor of Astronomy
Dr. Sally Hoffman, professor of Astronomy

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 a state-of-the-art planetarium built on the Santa Fe College Campus, and she was instrumental in the development of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium which now serves the College and all of Gainesville.  In memory of Dr. Hoffman’s role in the planetarium’s existence, the staff of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium have declared Sept. 1, as the inaugural “Dr. Sally Hoffman Day.” There will be free planetarium shows throughout the day, as well a special tribute to Sally at 12:15 p.m. in the planetarium.

Here’s the schedule of events for “Dr. Sally Hoffman Day”

  • 10:00 a.m. –  “Two Small Pieces of Glass”
  • 12:15 p.m. – “Tribute to Sally” and “Florida Skies: Summer”
  • 1:00 p.m. – “Eclipse”
  • 2:00 p.m. – “Extreme Planets”
  • 4:30 p.m. – “Music 360: Led Zeppelin”

All shows on Tuesday, Sept. 1 are free and open to the public.  Shows will start promptly at the time posted, so if possible, arrive a few minutes early.  The planetarium seats 60 people and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

For more information about “Dr. Sally Hoffman Day” contact James Albury (Planetarium Coordinator) at or 352-395-5381.