Introducing the new Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium – Buffalo Rising


Earlier in October, SUNY Buffalo State College hosted a ribbon cutting for the the completion of the reconfiguration and renovations of two key academic spaces: the Academic commons in EH Butler Library, and the Science and Mathematics Complex (SAMC).

In addition to the spectacular renovations and new facilities, the highly anticipated new Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium opened to the public – a project that is essential to complement a number of academic departments (science, dance, theater, art, music, technology, communication, history), as well as to offer one of the most unique exploratory frameworks for birthday parties and other private events.

“I am so excited that the planetarium is opening its doors,” said Kevin Williams, associate professor of earth sciences and director of the planetarium. “Classes and other groups on campus who visited recently were blown away by the visualizations and the unique way to view the night sky and beyond in the immersive environment of the planetarium.”

The planetarium includes three state-of-the-art projection systems that will specialize in different fields of study:

  • The planetarium’s digital projection allows visitors to see the entire sky, including the planets. It gives the impression of being taken from planet Earth and transported anywhere in the solar system.
  • The traditional projection best shows the stars and constellations.
  • Laser projection can be used for laser light shows or other special projects.
Video projection with star projector

As for the hosting of the planetarium, tThe 43-foot-wide dome can accommodate 48 people, where members of the public can view the surroundings in 360 degrees without obstruction.

To learn more about visiting this super unique heavenly experience, visit Also learn more on the completion of the renovations of phase 4 of the entire scientific and mathematical complex where the planetarium is located. Make sure to check this Facebook page for future programs.

The reconfigured Academic Commons, a $ 16 million reconstruction project started in 2018

Photos courtesy of SUNY Buffalo State College

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Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival which built the largest ice maze in the world (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurious! winter party. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator of the Saturday Craft Market (SAM) in Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of retro and vintage market The Peddler on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Kick off Witches’ Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and the Flutterby Festival.

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