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Planetarium Presentations

Lyman Spitzer Jr. PlanetariumDaily presentations in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium invite you to tour the cosmos. Choose from an hour-long feature or a 20- to 30-minute short presentation.

  • "My Sky" 20-minute presentation introduces the stars and planets to children ages 3 - 8 ($3/person)
  • "Night Sky" 30-minute tour of the stars, planets and constellations currently visible ($3/person)
  • "Tour the Cosmos" 50-minute presentation for general audiences recommended for children older than 6 ($5/person)

Seating is limited; please call ahead to reserve your place. Groups of 10 or more must confirm tickets in advance.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to claim any reserved tickets.

The planetarium at the Fairbanks Museum was installed in 1961, under the leadership of Fred Mold, who was director of the Museum. It is the only public planetarium in the state of Vermont. In 2012, a new digital projection system was installed, and the planetarium was reopened as the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, honoring the astrophysicist who was the driving force behind the development of the Hubble Space Telescope. Lyman Spitzer Jr. was a member of the Canaday family, and this dimension to exploring our universe at the Fairbanks Museum was made possible through a grant from The Canaday Family Charitable Trust.

Visitors to the planetarium will get ready for their tour of the galaxy in the Vinton Space Science Gallery, supported by a generous gift from St. Johnsbury residents Ruth and Drury Vinton. In this gallery, photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope invite imaginary journeys through our universe and beyond.

The Vinton Gallery also holds a meteorite made of iron and nickel and weighing 17.3 pounds. This meteorite is believed to have fallen 4000 to 5000 years ago in northern Argentina, part of the largest meteorite known to have crashed to Earth.