Meghan Finnerty | April 13, 2022
Explore Outer Space from Campus
To infinity and beyond… College planetarium offers opportunities to visit the stars.
Do you ever look up at the night sky and feel connected to the stars? Or just wonder what’s really happening up there?
Eric Monier, chair of the Department of Physics, felt the same way.
His curiosity started as a child. But now as a professor, he has spent his career learning about physics and astronomy and passing on his knowledge.
“Astronomy has always been a part of my life,” he said. “I know the stars; they’re my friends. They come up seasonally and I’m like ‘it’s nice to see you again.’”
At SUNY Brockport’s planetarium, located inside Lennon Hall, you can get to know the stars too.
The college offers free shows that are open to the community on the first and third Friday of each month.
“The full dome digital projector projects the sky today and it projects the sky 100 years in the future, from different places on earth and even different places in the solar system or galaxy,” Monier explained.
A show runs for about 45 minutes and will point out planets and constellations, introduce movements of the sky and current astronomy events, then concludes with a film.
If you’re curious about life on Mars, if you fear an asteroid striking the earth, or wonder why Pluto was kicked off the planet list, explore Brockport by coming to a planetarium show or check out the Department of Physics at SUNY Brockport.