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About Us

History

Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. Open to the public, we offer daily digital planetarium shows in our dome theater, field trips and educational outreach in Earth and space science, and observatory viewing at the Redfield Campus of the University. Built in 1963 and originally called the “Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium,” we were the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies (of time-lapse clouds and weather phenomena).

After recently undergoing upgrades, Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is now one of the first of a handful of planetariums around the world to utilize the Spitz SciDome digital projector, a high-resolution, state-of-the-art immersive visualization tool that produces extraordinarily bright and colorful 3-D images. The new projector is also adaptable to a number of disciplines and uses, supporting collaborations among the planetarium, other University departments and programs, and community organizations.

The planetarium’s uniquely shaped building, officially termed a “hyperbolic paraboloid,” was designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellmann, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It houses:
• An Exhibit Hall with changing hands-on displays
• A 10-meter Dome Theater with a state-of-the-art digital planetarium system and powerful surround-sound
• A Science Store stocked with high-quality toys, educational resources, apparel, optics, and more
• A Classroom space for education programming, birthday parties, and events

The planetarium now serves up to 50,000 visitors a year, including hundreds of school field trips that introduce students, K-12, to the wonders of the universe.

We invite children and adults alike to stop by and see what’s up!

Dan Ruby, Director
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
University of Nevada, Reno / 0272
Reno, NV 89557 USA

Phone: (775) 784-4812, FAX: (775) 784-4822


Planetarium Staff

Dan Ruby, Director
danruby@unr.edu

Melissa Nixon, Business Manager
mnixon@unr.edu
(775) 784-1737

Zac Damon, Audiovisual Technician
zdamon@unr.edu