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CVB Director Feature: EFSC Planetarium

Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 10:47AM

Recently my husband and I decided to do something different with our date night and try out the full Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Planetarium experience, complete with a Led Zepplin laser show!

Whereas I had been to the Planetarium before for an event, I have never seen it like this before. We arrived early and gave ourselves plenty of time before the show started to explore the observatory deck and the great science exhibits along the outside of the theatre!

We touched the “Van de Graaff” Generator that made all the hair on our bodies stand up, tested out the “Whisper Dishes” where we stood on opposite sides of the room and could hear each other by simply whispering into a cone, and we anxiously awaited a golf ball to be knocked off it’s tee by the Foucault Pendulum.

The most beautiful part of our evening was star gazing up on the observatory deck, where knowledgeable planetarium staff educated us on the stars we were looking at. We even had the great pleasure of staring at Jupiter! It was just as cool as it sounds.

After our time on the observatory deck we headed into the planetarium for the laser show. Having never been to one, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was hands down one of the most unique experiences I have ever had. If you’re a fan of Led Zepplin, which we are, there is nothing better than listening to your favorite songs while watching these powerful and intricate lasers sketch out shapes, colors and people on the 70-foot diameter star theatre above you.

The entire show lasted around an hour and was thoroughly entertaining. The Planetarium also has laser shows for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and the Wall, The Beatles, The Doors and much, much more! For a full list of the Planetarium’s shows, including their movie theatre and laser shows, click here.

EFSC’s Planetarium is fun for the whole family. Make sure to check it out on your next trip to the Space Coast or if you are a local looking for something fun to do! 

  • Checking out Jupiter!
  • Learning about all the planets!
  • The "Van de Gaaff" Generator!

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