A Planetarium Versus An Observatory
A planetarium is a building which houses an instrument for projecting images of the stars, constellations, planets and other astronomical phenomena onto a domed ceiling.
Typical systems can be set to display the sky at any point in time, past or present, and often show the night sky as it would appear from any point of latitude on Earth. Our fulldome technology enables our visitors to experience the night sky as visible from Earth, as well as other points of origin.
By bringing the night sky inside - the planetarium is independent of the time of day and the weather. This flexibility enables many of our schools to augment their science curriculum with a field trip to our facility.
An observatory is a building which houses telescopes used to view astronomical, climatological, and meteorological events and needs clear skies to view the night sky. In an observatory, you would step up to the telescope to view an object, as opposed to sitting in comfort in a theater seat to view a planetarium show.
Schreder Planetarium is ...
- a place of wonder and dreams
- where students and adults can ponder their place in the universe
- where a student's passion for science is born every day
Participants are transported through the solar system to far away galaxies.
- uses an Evans & Sutherland Digistar 3 projection system to provide a high quality simulation of the night sky from any location on earth or the heavens, and at any point in time
- is approximately 1700 square feet, has a 10 meter projection dome and seats 65+