The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is a 34-foot in diameter, domed theater that seats 60 people. The planetarium uses two projection systems. An In-Space-System (ISS) 1C-3K digital projection system by RSA Cosmos and an optical-mechanical Chronos Space Simulator manufactured by Goto.Arrange your visit to Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and discover more family-friendly attractions in Gainesville using our Gainesville journey planning app .
The planetarium was dedicated in September 2006 and officially opened to the public in September 2007 and is located on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College. The Kika Silva Pla Planetarium was made possible by a donation of John Pla and his wife Amy Howard, on behalf of the Pla family, in recognition of his mother, Kika Silva Pla's, commitment to education and passion for social justice and civic engagement. The planetarium was funded with additional support from a special federal appropriation arranged by Congressman Cliff Stearns.
Laurent Pellerin was the planetarium's first coordinator. James C. Albury became the planetarium coordinator in October 2009, and is a co-host on the internationally syndicated PBS show "Star Gazer".
Kika Silva Pla Planetarium Reviews
We attended an arranged "group" show during the day, with a talk by PBS TV's "Star Gazers" host James Albury, He was a delightful, articulate, and gracious host (even when some ticket holders arrived ... more »
Dr. Albury always gives us a great show and commentary at the local Planetarium. My son has loved coming here since he was 3 years old! more »
A delightful experience and wonder staff. A high quality projection and sound system with great shows.
This is one of our favorite things to do on an evening, hot afternoon, or even date night. Great shows for kids, (Space 360, with famous rollercoasters or rides put on different planets...also teaches you about the atmosphere and other fun facts with each planet) and the music shows are relaxing and take you to another world. For our kid's birthdays, we LOVE to bring them to the star shows, where they can see the exact sky map of the moment they were born. All of our children, even the teenagers, have loved this and been amazed. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The price can't be beat. Check the website for show schedules, and...as the man there will tell you, keep looking up!! :)
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