Photo by Maryann Bates

Welcome to the Mark Smith Planetarium at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Now rebuilt and expanded, the Museum’s 44-foot, full-dome planetarium is state-of-the-art with the digital technology of the Konica-Minolta Super Media Globe II – the brightest, highest resolution, highest contrast single projector available. Macon’s venue now is one of the finest in the nation.

 

Stay tuned for detailed show information coming soon.

Daily Planetarium Shows

(Please note, children 2 & under will not be allowed in the Planetarium Shows)

· Daily (Tuesday - Friday): 11:30 AM & 4 PM

· Saturday: 11:30 A.M., 2 PM & 4 PM

· Sunday: 2 PM & 4 PM

 

Summer Hours (June 4 - July 26, 2019)

· Daily (Tuesday - Friday): 11:30 AM, 2 PM & 4 PM

· Saturday: 11:30 A.M., 2 PM & 4 PM

· Sunday: 2 PM & 4 PM

The Museum of Arts and Sciences has expanded its science programming through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by adding a Science on a Sphere (SOS) installation – the first and only in Georgia. The MAS installation was funded by The Peyton Anderson Foundation and is open to the public.

“Science on a Sphere will is a valuable educational tool and an exciting new attraction for Macon,” said MAS Executive Director Susan Welsh. “Using the Sphere as a projection surface, the Museum’s faculty has the ability to deliver science curriculum in an exciting immersive format. Partnering with NOAA through this project allows us to leverage educational content produced by the world’s finest scientists and scholars for the benefit of the students and families in Central Georgia.”

SCIENCE ON A SPHERE (SOS) is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six-foot diameter sphere, similar to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed SOS as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth system science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, ocean temperature, and other scientific data can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating. Approximately 65 SOS installations are in the United States, but no other SOS installations exist in Georgia.

“This installation has been effective in helping science centers across the country deliver planetary and earth science content,” said Welsh. “But, the MAS is one of the few venues with a dual science and art focus to host the SOS installation. We aim to add to the SOS program by developing new curriculum-based arts-infused science (STE+aM) programming for the Sphere."