Planetarium is now OPEN   Our planetarium is now open for public programs.  Seating will be limited and face masks required.  Reservations are necessary. Phone 547 0153 and request “planetarium reservations.”  Call the planetarium “STAR line (547 STAR) for program titles and info.


November  – The Winter Sky

December – The Christmas Star

Reservations  547-0153


Click here for more information on our reopening plan



Lunar Eclipse Visible in Tidewater 4 a.m. November 19th.



On the morning of June 10th, 2021 the sunrise did display a partially eclipsed Sun. The image of the Sun had a dark “bite” taken out by the edge of the Moon. This was the beginning of an annular eclipse. Unfortunately Tidewater residents only witnessed a few minutes of this eclipse. The complete annular event was only be visible in extreme northern latitudes above Alaska.  (Remember to protect your eyes from sunlight… do not stare at the Sun! Use solar filters.)

  Photo taken at sunrise the morning of June 10th approximately 5:51 a.m. EDT showing Moon partially eclipsing the Sun. Photo by Kent Blackwell member of the Back Bay Amateur astronomers. (BBAA)  Several BBAA members arrived at the boardwalk in Virginia Beach to view the astronomical event.


Below are images of a partially eclipsed Sun and an annular eclipse.


Sun with dark center
Sun with Moon covering its light

Mars Lander successfully  landed on Mars!


Rober resting on a red planet
Perseverance Rover

Your backyard Sky

New Comet was in the evening sky but has moved away from our view now.   Check out the Event Page for more info.

(Comet is the small object in the middle lower section of this picture)


Check the Sky Calendar Page on this website for more info.

  • Meteor Shower over two large planets in Night Sky


audience in planetarium show - one member is wearing an astronaut suit
Public Programs
inside view of planetarium dome
School Programs
Planetarium Director - Dr. Robert Hitt - behind a table with fundraising items
About Dr. Robert Hitt, Director