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. James Albury, coordinator of the planetarium stated: “Usually only the … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading Experience LaserFest at the Planetarium

Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Celebrates 10 Stellar Years at Santa Fe Campus

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 … Continue reading Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Celebrates 10 Stellar Years at Santa Fe Campus

Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Celebrates 10 Years

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 … Continue reading Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Celebrates 10 Years

Visit the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium This Summer

The Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium opens again for the Summer on July 1, 2016 for its “Florida Skies: Summer” show. Don’t miss their fabulous presentations! Stop by and see what they’re all about and learn about your celestial surroundings. Visit https://podarco.smugmug.com/Places/Kika-Silva-Pla-Planetarium/i-gSQb7r5 for a slide presentation of the facilities. Go to http://www.sfcollege.edu/planetarium/index.php?section=schedule for the … Continue reading Visit the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium This Summer

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, … Continue reading James Albury elected President of SEPA

African Drumming Under the Stars at the Planetarium This Weekend

On Saturday night, April 16, 2016, 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. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. that evening.  This unique experience is inspired by … Continue reading African Drumming Under the Stars at the Planetarium This Weekend

African Drumming Under the Stars at the Planetarium

On Saturday night, April 16th, 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. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. that evening.  This unique experience is inspired by the … Continue reading African Drumming Under the Stars at the 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 … Continue reading Santa Fe College Drummers to perform at Planetarium

Starry Night 2015 at the Florida Museum of Natural History Nov. 13

On Friday, Nov. 13 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 2015.   This annual event will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History and will be … Continue reading Starry Night 2015 at the Florida Museum of Natural History Nov. 13

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

Star Gazers – Episodes for June and July 2015

James C. Albury, planetarium coordinator at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, is the co-host of the PBS television series, “Star Gazers.” This program is the world’s only weekly television series devoted to naked-eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects in the sky for naked-eye viewing during the upcoming week. The following are the … Continue reading Star Gazers – Episodes for June and July 2015

World Oceans Day Celebration at SF Teaching Zoo June 6 and 7

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and Kika Silva Pla Planetarium will host an exciting, event-packed weekend to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 6 and 7. There will be crafts, face painting, keeper talks, training demonstrations, animal encounters, and talks with local groups working the front lines of ocean conservation will take place from 9 … Continue reading World Oceans Day Celebration at SF Teaching Zoo June 6 and 7

Star Gazers – Episodes for May and June 2015

James C. Albury, planetarium coordinator at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, is the co-host of the PBS television series, “Star Gazers.” This program is the world’s only weekly television series devoted to naked-eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects in the sky for naked-eye viewing during the upcoming week. The following are the … Continue reading Star Gazers – Episodes for May and June 2015

Star Gazers – Episodes for March and April 2015

James C. Albury, planetarium coordinator at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, is the co-host of the PBS television series, “Star Gazers.” This program is the world’s only weekly television series devoted to naked-eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects in the sky for naked-eye viewing during the upcoming week. The following are the … Continue reading Star Gazers – Episodes for March and April 2015

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

Star Gazers – Episodes for January and February 2015

James C. Albury, planetarium coordinator at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, is the co-host of the PBS television series, “Star Gazers.” This program is the world’s only weekly television series devoted to naked-eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects in the sky for naked-eye viewing during the upcoming week. The following are the … Continue reading Star Gazers – Episodes for January and February 2015

Star Gazers – Episodes for November and December 2014

James C. Albury, planetarium coordinator at Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, is the co-host of the PBS television series, “Star Gazers.” This program is the world’s only weekly television series devoted to naked-eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects in the sky for naked-eye viewing during the upcoming week. The following are the … Continue reading Star Gazers – Episodes for November and December 2014

Starry Night 2014 at the Florida Museum of Natural History

On Friday, Nov. 14 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 2014.   This annual event will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History and will … Continue reading Starry Night 2014 at the Florida Museum of Natural History