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Reynolds Planetarium

AT Henderson University

The Reynolds Planetarium at Henderson State University is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special occasion place located in the heart of Southwest Arkansas. Open to the public for shows, star-gazing events, field trips, and private functions, the planetarium reflects Henderson State University's commitment to service through educational engagement with the community. The planetarium is located inside the Reynolds Science Center and run by the Department of Engineering and Physics.

With an 8.2 meter (26.9 ft) diameter dome and state of the art Digitalis Epsilon Digital Projection system, The Reynolds Planetarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state of Arkansas. The Digitalis Epsilon system can project stars, planets, galaxies, and virtually anything else onto the dome as they look in the real sky (including both the Northern and Southern hemispheres - when was the last time you saw the Southern Cross?) as well as immerse the audience in a full-dome animation show. Shows combine stunning visual effects on the dome with powerful surround sound to transport audiences to all reaches of the universe, from a light-speed trip to see mysterious black holes to the Stars of the Pharaohs.

The Donald W. Reynolds planetarium is a member of the Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP) and the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).

Planetarium Schedule for Spring 2020:

Thursday shows begin at 7pm.  Sunday shows begin at 2:30pm.  Late admission is not allowed, as the lightfrom the doorway affects viewers vision in the dark. When you attend a planetarium show, you will be given a tour of the night's sky, visiting beautiful planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Before your show begins, your guide will point out the fascinating objects you can see that night with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. Plan for 10-15 minutes in addition to the length of your show.

Cost:

  • General Public - $3 per person

  • HSU students, faculty and staff - $1 with school ID

  • OBU students, faculty, and staff - $1 with school ID

March 12th - 7pm, 3000 Years of Stargazing (34 min)

March 15th - 2:30pm, Universe (22 min)

April 12th - 2:30pm, Hubble Vision 2 (30 min)

April 23rd - 7pm, Exoplanets (30 min)