New shows coming to the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium this week

If you’re looking for out-of-the-ordinary entertainment, the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium is for you! The planetarium is gearing up for a new round of public shows starting this weekend! Buffalo State’s own Planetarium will host a series of public events each week from November 5 through December 3.

The planetarium team has designed unique experiences for young and old!

The “Immersive Show and Sky Tour” event will feature NASA’s documentary, “From Dream to Discovery: JWST First Images,” which explores the intricate and dedicated work that goes into spacecraft engineering and the missions themselves . Following the video, audiences can experience breathtaking images from the new James Webb Space Telescope projected onto the Dome Theater for an up-close look at the groundbreaking discoveries. This show starts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.

For those looking to let off steam, you’ll be happy to hear that a popular show is back; the ‘Queen: Laser Music Experience’! Planetarium lasers put on a show in the dome theater as they sync to some classic Queen hits like “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and many more. This show will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

And on November 12 only, two events specially designed for young space fans. At 11 a.m., families with children ages 1-5 can explore our planet with friends from Sesame Street in “Big Bird’s Adventure: One World, One Sky.” And at noon the same day, kids ages 6-12 can experience our system from the perspective of a vacationing alien family in the animated movie “Perfect Little Planet.”

The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium is located in the Science and Math Complex here on the Buffalo State Campus. Tickets for each event must be purchased in advance, and Buffalo State students enjoy reduced admission prices. Tickets for each of these events can be purchased on the Planetariums page on

For more information on ticket prices, event descriptions, parking, and even a list of upcoming astronomical events you may see in the night sky, you can check out the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium newsletter.

Arline J. Mercier