Buff State’s new planetarium opens to the public on Friday


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – SUNY Buffalo State College will open its new state-of-the-art planetarium to the public on Friday.

The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium is part of the recently renovated Buffalo State Science and Math Complex; officials cut the ribbon on the building on October 1.

The planetarium features a 35-foot dome that can accommodate up to 48 people and provides a 360-degree immersive experience for guests. It also has a 4K digital projector system, an opto-mechanical star projector, LED lighting and a 5.1 stereo surround system.

According to the college’s website, new programs will be showcased every weekend at the planetarium and starting October 23, some of these programs will be aimed at young children and families.

Starting Friday, programming will include a virtual tour of the planet Mars, a view of the fall night sky, and laser music shows featuring Queen’s music.

Laser and music shows will be presented at the planetarium.

Planetarium policies

  • No food or drink is allowed in the planetarium
  • People who arrive late to programs will be refused entry as the planetarium will be obscured
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Children five and under will not be admitted outside of the Child and Family programs

Tickets start at $ 8 for children and seniors; they cost $ 10 for adults. You can buy them here.


Arline J. Mercier

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