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Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno


Fleischmann Planetarium Science Center, University of Nevada, Reno

Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, Reno, Nevada.

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About the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center:

The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center opened in 1964 as the Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium. It was the first planetarium in the world capable of showing full-dome movies. Renovations and upgrades have kept technology at the Fleischmann up-to-date, including a Spitz SciDome digital projector capable of producing brilliant shows and 3-D images.

The unusual building is a hyperbolic parabaloid. Within its sweeping lines are the 60-seat domed theater, a science store, classroom, and gallery space for changing exhibits. The Fleischmann functions as part of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).

Shows and Exhibits the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center:

The Star Theater is the main attraction, showing SkyDome 8/70™ large-format films. There are those related to astronomy as well as feature films on a variety of other topics. The Star Theater is also used for the monthly Live SkyTonight Star Talk. Check out this article about Feature Films and Star Shows at Fleischmann Planetarium to see what's playing and when.

Admission to the Planetarium Exhibit Hall and science store is free. Exhibits are changed on a periodic basis, but there is always something interesting like In Perspective, Meteorites - Rocks from Space, and Perceptual Relativity. The Art/Space Gallery features rotating exhibits of artwork with some type of astronomy theme, like Portraits of Space.

Visiting the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center:

The Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is at the north end of the UNR campus at 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno. You can't miss the unusual building. You can park for free in the West Stadium Parking Complex, level 3, next to the Planetarium. The showtime phone number is (775) 784-4811. Show tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 3 to 12 and seniors 60 and over. Show admission for Planetarium members is free. Admission to the exhibits is free for everyone.

School Field Trips to the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center:

School field trips to the Fleischmann are a popular activity. Home, public, and charter school groups are all welcome. Learn more about field trips for school groups from the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center website. Call (775) 784-4812 or email planetarium@unr.edu to make a reservation.

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