Engineering and Physics

Reynolds Science Center Planetarium

View inside the planetarium during an event

The Reynolds Planetarium at Henderson State University is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special occasion place located in the heart of Southwest Arkansas. Open to the public for shows, star-gazing events, field trips, and private functions, the planetarium reflects Henderson State University's commitment to service through educational engagement with the community. The planetarium is located inside the Reynolds Science Center and run by the Department of Engineering and Physics.

With an 8.2 meter (26.9 ft) diameter dome and state of the art Digitalis Epsilon Digital Projection system, The Reynolds Planetarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state of Arkansas. The Digitalis Epsilon system can project stars, planets, galaxies, and virtually anything else onto the dome as they look in the real sky (including both the Northern and Southern hemispheres - when was the last time you saw the Southern Cross?) as well as immerse the audience in a full-dome animation show. Shows combine stunning visual effects on the dome with powerful surround sound to transport audiences to all reaches of the universe, from a light-speed trip to see mysterious black holes to the Stars of the Pharaohs.

The Donald W. Reynolds planetarium is a member of the Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP) and the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).

Planetarium Schedule for Spring 2020: 

Thursday shows begin at 7pm.  Sunday shows begin at 2:30pm.  Late admission is not allowed, as the light from the doorway affects viewers vision in the dark.

When you attend a planetarium show, you will be given a tour of the night's sky, visiting beautiful planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Before your show begins, your guide will point out the fascinating objects you can see that night with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. Plan for 10-15 minutes in addition to the length of your show.

Cost

  • General Public - $3 per person

  • HSU students, faculty and staff - $1 with school ID

  • OBU students, faculty, and staff - $1 with school ID

January 19th - 2:30pm, Exoplanets (30 min)

January 23rd - 7pm, Great Space Race (40 min)

February 13th - 7pm, Supervolcanoes (24 min)

February 16th - 2:30pm, Black Holes (24 min)

February 27th - 7pm, Firefall (27 min)

*CANCELLED - March 12th - 7pm, 3000 Years of Stargazing (34 min) - CANCELLED*

*CANCELLED - March 15th - 2:30pm, Universe (22 min) - CANCELLED*

*CANCELLED - April 12th - 2:30pm, Hubble Vision 2 (30 min) - CANCELLED*

April 23rd - 7pm, Exoplanets (30 min)

School Group Showings

If you would like to schedule a planetarium show and STEM activities for your school group, please contact:

HSU STEM Center
870-230-5417

Other Group Showings

The planetarium accommodates various community groups throughout the year that wish to visit. The Department of Engineering and Physics will make every reasonable effort to schedule a show for your group. For each group show, the cost is $50 for up to 45 people.  Contact us for group pricing of larger groups.

To schedule a show for your group, please contact:

Denise Cordova, 870-230-5162 or cordovd@hsu.edu

Planetarium birthday parties are also available.  Contact us for dates and rates.

Shannon Clardy, clardys@hsu.edu