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CPS Planetarium

Come see our new look at the Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium!

Planetarium Open House
September 14, 2013
Show times: 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 pm.
Show includes: 2-3 short videos clips & a star tour.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Stafford Family Trust, the Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium underwent a large renovation project over the summer which included the installation of new seating, carpeting and curtains – in other words, the planetarium has an entirely new look!

To share this new look with the public, the planetarium will have an open house on Saturday September 14, 2013.

Doors will open at 1:45pm with shows beginning at 2:00 pm.  Each 25-minute presentation will include three fun video clips demonstrating the abilities of our full dome projection system.  Then, the 39-year-old star ball will rise out of its cave and visitors will be treated to a tour of the night sky.  Show times are 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30pm.

The planetarium’s new look was made possible by funding provided by the Stafford Family Trust, the Columbia Public Schools, and donations collected during public planetarium shows.  Contributions from these sources allowed the planetarium to replace its 64 low-back chairs with 85 high-back, theater-style seats, not only increasing the seating capacity, but viewer comfort as well.  In addition, new floor and wall carpeting was installed and new black-out curtains were hung on the doors.

This September 14th open house marks the return of 2nd Saturday of the month planetarium shows for the general public.  Shows are free, although donations of $2 per person are welcome.

CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S Providence Rd in Columbia Missouri.  The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month.   School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone (573-214-3148) or email: Planetarium@columbia.k12.mo.us

Scheduling Information
Show times for school groups: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays - 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm.
Show times for private groups: Second Saturday of each Month – 4:00pm. A private group can also schedule during the week at the times listed for school groups – if there are slots open.

To Schedule a Show:
Call the planetarium office at
573-214-3148, or email us at planetarium@columbia.k12.mo.us
Columbia Public School groups
are free of charge.
Out-of-district schools and private groups - $2 per person, with a minimum of $30.

Current shows:
Night Sky Wonders – Introduction to the wonders of space. (pre-school and kindergarten)
Note: this show is a combination of the old and new system.
Magic Treehouse Space Mission – Based on the Magic Treehouse series of books. (Shown to 1st grade)
Earth’s Wild Ride– A look at our planet and its geological features. (Shown to 2nd grade)
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket – A tour of the solar system. (Shown to 3rd grade)
Forces of Nature – Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes, Oh My!  (shown to 4th grade & general audiences)
Chronicles of a Journey to Earth – Focuses on the Sun, Earth & Moon (shown to 5th grade)
Astronaut – Learn about the effects of space travel on the human body.  (General Audiences)
Natural Selection – Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. (High School level)
Two Small Pieces of Glass – History of the telescope. (General Audiences)

A Tour of the Night Sky – a constellation tour using only the star ball and planets. (all ages)
To help us purchase new shows – and continue to upgrade our unique facility –  Rock Bridge High School Alumni have established a fundraising effort called Endless Skies. Click here for more information.


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Planetarium Astronomy Links


Sky and Telescope Magazine
Astronomy Magazine
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Central Missouri Astronomical Assn.
American Astronomical Society
International Planetarium Society
Heavens Above
SETI Institute