Welcome to the UPGRADED DuPont Planetarium!
Defying Gravity: It IS Rocket Science!
Join host Apollo Aurora and her science reporters as they explore the science behind rocket power, gravity on other planets, and even monstrous black holes! Robot experts Apple 1-6-8-6 and EGR-1 will also lend a few circuits to explain the force that keeps us humans all grounded. Well, some of the time!
Target audience: ages 8 and up
Seven Wonders - Sponsored by Dr. Rose Lee Hayes
Go back in time and witness the ancient wonders of the world, as they appeared thousands of years ago. Explore the Great Pyramid, stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus and experience the rest of the world's Seven Wonders. We will investigate how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe's greatest wonders. This show won four Telly Awards and is narrated by Sean Bean of The Lord of the Rings films.
Target audience: ages 8 and up
Digistar Special Effects Extravaganza
Join us for a fun-filled experience of sight and sound as we show off the special effects capabilities of Digistar 6. From a picture gallery of locations on the USCA Campus to fast-paced movements through a variety of shapes and objects, you will have great fun with our extravaganza. We will treat you to some interesting information about our night sky as well.
Appropriate for all ages: fast-paced motion makes a few people slightly queasy
NOTE: Observatory Open After Public Shows.
If it is dark, and weather permitting, the RPSEC Observatory housing the Bechtel Telescope will be open for 30 minutes after public shows. There is no cost for these public observatory sessions.
Sunstruck - Sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Explore the sun in all its glory as you take a journey to the center of our solar system. This amazing, nuclear-powered "furnace" contains most of the mass of our solar system and is the source of its energy. Sunstruck will allow you to discover the wonders of our magnificent sun and investigate how our star supports life on Earth. This program includes information on the structure of our sun, the source of its energy, and how solar activity impacts our world.
Target audience: Ages 8 and up
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Travel with brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer six questions about space. With the help of an astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books and the writer of the mysterious note, Jack and Annie go on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning. This beautifully produced show is based on the beloved Magic Tree House book series.
Target audience: Young Children
Come See the New Digistar 6 Planetarium System!!
We are excited to report that we upgraded our planetarium system to a Digistar 6 in September 2017. We have some exciting new shows with plans to acquire other shows. We are looking for show sponsors. Sponsors will be identified on our website and promotional materials for the planetarium. Additionally, sponsors will be identified during the planetarium shows.
The DuPont Planetarium exists to inspire others to explore the majesty of the heavens. Visitors age 4 and up attend public shows presented every Saturday. We encourage our visitors to reserve seats in advance. If you make a reservation, please arrive no later than 20 minutes before the show starts. All unclaimed reservations will be released 10 minutes prior to the show.
While most DuPont Planetarium programs focus on astronomy and encourage exploration of the night sky, one show takes visitors back in time to see the seven ancient wonders of the world and another helps young children learn about weather. All shows involve an enthusiastic presenter who is eager to share the majesty of the heavens with visitors. Digistar Special Effects shows entertain by using the power of the Digistar 6 projectors to create shapes that dance across the dome to lively music.
Each year, thousands of K-12 school children visit the planetarium during the school day for exciting programs that meet science standards. These programs are reserved and scheduled like other student programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. We also conduct specialized programs for university classes.
The RPSEC Observatory (on the roof of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center) is open after public shows on Saturday evenings, weather permitting. The Bechtel Telescope housed in the RPSEC Observatory provides views of planets, nebulae and other celestial objects.
Private shows are arranged for educational groups such as scouts, preschools and colleges and for fun events such as birthday parties and company celebrations. To schedule a private showing for your group, see the Plan Your Visit section.