Department Information

Moataz Emam
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

Planetarium Director:
Sean Nolan
Bowers Hall, Room 1106
Phone: 607-753-5670

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The SUNY Cortland planetarium was completed in March of 2014. The dome is 8 meters in diameter, has a 15 degree tilt and a 0.45 reflectivity. Digistar 5 is the operating system used to generate fantastic, eye-gazing shows, visual effects and simulations. The inaugural show took place in October of 2014, and since then many groups such as college classes, local public schools and communities have visited it.

The planetarium is not limited only to star gazing and astronomy but can be used to accommodate many other disciplines. A wide variety of pre-made shows that cover geology, biology, chemistry and physics can be accessed as well.

Mission Statement

We encourage those who visit to gaze up at the night sky and open their minds to our vast universe. The planetarium serves to inform local communities about the solar system we live in, as well as what lies beyond our own Milkyway Galaxy, and to keep them up-to-date on the latest space missions, explorations and discoveries. 

Planetarium News

For those who are interested in the latest astronomy discoveries and news, please feel free to follow these links: