Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium
Department of Earth Sciences and Science Education
SUNY Buffalo State
Buffalo, NY 14222


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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.  - Carl Sagan
Winter 2017 Public Programs!
Saturdays, January 14 - March 11
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Saturdays at 12:30 and 7:30 pm

Solar Superstorms takes a look at the fury building on the surface of the sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, and rising loops of electrified gas.

What’s driving these strange phenomena?  How will they affect Earth?

Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star in  this immersive program!    Watch a trailer here.

Solar Superstorms is preceded by a 15-minute tour of the Winter night sky. Program is about 50 minutes long.

Solar Superstorms is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Saturdays at 11:00 am

The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale is a one-of-a-kind planetarium show weaving a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal, which explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring.

Watch a trailer here.

The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale is preceded by a 15-minute tour of the Winter night sky. Program is about 50 minutes long.

Due to popular demand, this program has been extended from our December schedule!

Saturdays at 6:00 pm

Winter Skies Over Buffalo is a live presentation which will discuss the constellations and other celestial objects visible in the crisp Buffalo night skies this time of year.

Learn where and when to look to see skywatcher favorite constellations such as Orion and Taurus, as well as Sirius -- the brightest star seen at night from Earth.

Also learn about the locations of several planets visible in the night sky and some constellations you might not be as familiar with!

Total program is approximately 50 minutes long.
Winter Skies
Over Buffalo
NOTE: Our 6 pm program on 2/18 is fully booked. We apologize for any inconvenience.