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Physics Contact

Interim Department Chair:

David Kuehn

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Contact Person:
Sally Nixon

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Phone: 620-235-4391
Fax: 620-235-4050

Address:
Physics Department
Yates Hall Room 307
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

L. Russell Kelce Planetaritum and moonL. Russell Kelce Planetarium

September 2016 Program Schedule

Dates Start Times Short Feature Title
Sep 19 6:00 pm Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Sep 19 7:00 pm Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Sep 27 6:00 pm From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA
Sep 27 7:00 pm From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA

Public programs consist of a tour of the night sky and a short feature.  Admission is $3 per adult and $2 for students, children and seniors (cash at door). 

Doors close promptly at these start times and entry afterwards is not permitted due to dark adaptation of the audience.

For information on scheduling a private program, contact Sally Nixon at (620) 235-4391.

The L. Russell Kelce planetarium is located at 1702 S. Joplin Street, Pittsburg, KS.



Moons: Worlds Of Mystery

Take a fascinating trip to the little worlds of our solar system!

Sometimes the smallest places have the most amazing things to teach us about our incredible solar system!

When you consider the solar system, you often think of the Sun and its planets. But what about moons? What role do they play? Find out in Moons: Worlds of Mystery, a show from the Charles Hayden Planetarium of the Museum of Science, Boston. It explores the many and varied satellites that exist, delves into what they look like and what they contribute to our knowledge of the solar system — a hundred known satellites throughout the solar system, orbiting five other planets and even some asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects.







From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

Journey from NASA's test facilities all the way to Pluto and experience the excitement of today's space missions.

When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.

Immerse yourself in the adventures and extremes of spacecraft engineering - from the design of missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations.









Planetarium History

The planning of Yates Hall, a Math and Physics building occurred from 1962-1963. The President of the university, Dr. Leonard H. Axe, insisted that the building include a planetarium. There were, however, no funds available to pay for a star projector for the planetarium. In the fall of 1963, Mrs. Gladys Kelce provided funds to pay for the planetarium as a memorial to her husband, L. Russell Kelce. The planetarium opened in July of 1964, and saw 10,000 visitors the first year. Most of these visitors were from schools.

Today, the planetarium still provides programs for schools (elementary, secondary, and university), churches, and other groups, as well as public programs. Schools, churches, groups, etc. can schedule private programs to fit their needs. Each program features a tour of the current night sky and a topical program.

The planetarium has a seating capacity of around 50 individuals and is wheelchair accessible. The projector, a Digitarium Zeta, is capable of projecting stars, constellations, planets, the sun, the moon (and phases), daily motion of the sky, yearly motion of the sky, and motion to view the sky from any latitude on Earth. The planetarium also uses slides and music during shows.