Solar Eclipse viewing on ASU campus

Adams State will be hosting a public viewing session for the solar eclipse on August 21, on the sidewalk outside the planetarium, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  There will be a couple of telescopes with solar filters, and one projecting an image of the Sun onto a screen.  Safe solar glasses will be available (while supplies last, $1 donation requested).

In Alamosa, the Sun will be about 85% covered at maximum eclipse, which occurs at 11:46 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  The planetarium is located on Richardson Ave., on the green in front of Richardson Hall.

Fall Movie Schedule Announced

This fall Zacheis Planetarium will be hosting free public movies (always a double feature!) on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Over the summer we added 12 new movies to the library, and we will be showing one as part of each double feature until we go through all of them. We will then show them all again over the remaining weeks of the semester.

See the Scheduled Public Shows page for the schedule.

Summer Planetarium Movies

Zacheis Planetarium will be showing free double features every other Saturday at 3:00 and 3:45, throughout the summer starting on May 14.  The movies are open to the public, no reservations required, no charge for admission.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  For the complete summer schedule of movies, see the “Scheduled Public Shows” page.

Zacheis Planetarium’s first original full-dome movie completed

In July I finished the original full-dome movie “Fractal Explorations”, made entirely with free software available to everyone on the internet.  The movie is currently in distribution to planetariums around the country.  The Zacheis Planetarium premier will be on Saturday evening, Aug. 29, with three shows: 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30.  There will be free food and drinks, and I will be demonstrating the free software I used to generate many of the fractals shown in the movie.

Admission is free, as always, but it’s first-come, first-served. Tickets will be available at the planetarium when doors open at 6:30.

You can watch a preview on YouTube.

New Movies Posted

The “Movie Library” page has now been updated with the most recent new movies we added to our collection.  Teachers and other visiting groups can request any movie from our library, including the brand new ones (the first eleven in the list).  And as always, visits to Zacheis Planetarium are free of charge.  Contact our STEM Outreach Coordinator, Cindy Bervig ( to arrange your visit.

December Movies Announced

The new movies are starting to arrive. During the first three weeks of December, we will be showing only new movies!  Check out the schedule on the “Scheduled Public Shows” page.

Starting Dec. 20th, Zacheis Planetarium will be closed for the winter break. We will resume Thursday and Friday movies in January when classes start back up.  (January 22 and 23, to be exact!)