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Kika Silva Pla Planetarium, Gainesville

#6 of 6 in Museums in Gainesville
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
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.
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".
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  • We went on Friday night and did two shows: Florida Skies and Music 360 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon. The Florida Skies show was, I think, $6 each. The host James is so funny and knowledgeable...  more »
  • This place gets dark! Such a awesome experience. The teachers are full of humor and knowledge. The room is small compared to others so get there early for the seats against the wall! Great price at.....  more »
  • Love their Music 360 events, mostly every weekend for $10 its a immersive, surround sound and surround screen "concert" that for an hour plays Zeppelin or Pink Floyd, with stunning visuals choreographed to the music.. you fly through space, watch vines and flowers growing all around you, and other awesome scenes. Really fun and trippy. Go here for date night! Also main host is a really funny and entertaining man who makes you feel very welcome.
  • A delightful experience and wonder staff. A high quality projection and sound system with great shows.

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