Seminole State’s Planetarium Offers Virtual Star Parties and Shows via Facebook Live

SANFORD, Fla. (Apr. 13, 2020) – Seminole State College of Florida’s Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium presents virtual shows and events to educate and entertain while we remain at home and practice social distancing. Through family-friendly, online events, the planetarium encourages interest in learning more about Earth, our solar system and beyond.

Virtual Public Show/Presentation: Earth’s Neighborhood – Thursday, Apr. 16, 7 – 8 p.m.

Join us on Facebook Live @seminoleplanet, for a virtual guided tour of the inhabitants of the solar system, featuring the sun, eight major planets, asteroid belt and dwarf planets, such as Pluto, as well as the innumerable objects that orbit around the sun from billions of miles away. Your journey is guaranteed to be the most exhilarating 5-billion-mile trip you’ll ever take.  Special guest appearance by Michael McConville.

Virtual Star Party Episode IV – Florida Planetariums – Friday, Apr. 17, 9-10 p.m.

Join us for a remote telescope experience via Facebook Live @seminoleplanet as we bring the cosmos to you in the comfort of your own home. We will be focusing the telescope on the planets in our solar system and hosting night sky tours of the visible constellations. Additionally, Derek Demeter and Justin Cirillo from the Emil Buehler Planetarium and Frank Kane, founder of  Sundog Software, will host live telescope views of Venus and Comet ATLAS, weather permitting. Special guest colleagues from around the state include Seth Mayo, Brett Jacobs, James Albury and Jon Bell.

Virtual Public Show/Presentation: “Two Degrees,” Earth on Edge – Thursday, Apr. 23, 7-8 p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, join us on Facebook Live @seminoleplanet for an exploration into the latest in climate science discoveries using planetarium science visualization software. Two degrees Celsius is the increase to the average temperature of Earth believed by climate scientists where the profound changes to our planet’s environment and atmosphere instigated by greenhouse gas emissions could prove irreversible. “Two Degrees” explores the science of climate change and global warming, from the coldest, deepest ravines of the Antarctic to the seashores of Florida, and across millions of years of Earth’s history. Special guest host is Dr. Mark Subaro, Director of the Science Visualization Department at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

All events are appropriate for all ages and free to watch via Facebook Live @seminoleplanet.

For more information on the Emil Buehler Planetarium and upcoming events, visit the planetarium website, like the planetarium on Facebook and follow it on Twitter and Instagram: @seminoleplanet.


About Seminole State College of Florida:
Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor’s degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate. #SSC #GoStateGoFar

Subject Matter Expert: Planetarium Director Derek Demeter is available for remote interviews to discuss these virtual events, new virtual field trips with public school districts across the state and upcoming space events including NASA and SpaceX launch of Demo-2 slated for mid-May and NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover launch slated for July.


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