Summer Schedule
There will be no public weekend programs June 21 - July 5, but we are getting ready for two special events and our new public program! Scroll down for more info.

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

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The total run time is approximately 50 minutes, but you should allow extra time before and/or after the program to explore our displays about telescopes and some of the amazing images captured by them! These displays include:
Ticket Information
General admission:  $8

Buffalo State Students:  Free

Reduced rate of $4 is available for groups of 10 or more.

Program is appropriate for ages 5 and above.
Seniors (65+): $6
Children 17 and under:  $6
Active Military / Veterans (with ID):  $6
Other college students (with ID):  $6
Buffalo State faculty & staff: $6
Reservations are recommended but not required. To reserve tickets, fill out the request form by clicking the button below or call 716-878-4911
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.  - Carl Sagan
The Hubble Space Telescope Visions of the Universe Exhibit

We are very happy to have this exhibit on loan from the Space Telescope Science Institute. Visitors to the planetarium can view the exhibit for free to learn about 400 years of discoveries about our universe since the invention of the telescope.

More information about the exhibit and supplemental materials can be
found at
Note: Our location has changed. Please familiarize yourself with our new
location before coming to the planetarium. Click here for more info.
July 10 - September 5
Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 & 8:30 pm

                Includes a 20 minute Sky Tonight tour
Program Summary: Join two students as they learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries made with these wonderful tools. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.
Telescope viewing of the Venus and Jupiter Conjunction
Tuesday, June 30th
8:45 - 10 pm   weather permitting

Right after sunset, bright Venus and majestic Jupiter are at their closest as viewed from Earth. View them, Saturn and the almost-full moon through telescopes!

Park for the planetarium using these directions then follow signs to the observing area.
Pluto Revealed!

Wednesday, July 15
7:00 - 9:00 pm

The New Horizons spacecraft makes its closest approach to the Pluto system on July 14. Come see the first released close-up views of Pluto and learn more about the mission and the Pluto system!

Takes place in the planetarium and adjacent spaces. Appropriate for all ages.
This event is free, but donations are appreciated.
This event is free, but donations are appreciated.