Samford’s Boyd E. Christenberry Planetarium provides visitors a unique opportunity to explore our universe. Our goal is to bring you knowledge about space and science in an interactive and engaging manner and to make science as fun as it should be.

We offer hour-long space presentations to both public and private audiences with guests of all ages. Our live and interactive shows cover a wide variety of topics from earth and planetary science to astrophysics, and of course looking at the Alabama night sky. Each show is unique and tailored to each specific audience.

For public shows, admission is free unless otherwise stated, and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The Christenberry Planetarium hosts 95 people at full capacity and offers handicapped accessibility.

For private shows, for field trips or private audiences, the general availability for private presentations are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. or Monday – Friday after 1:00 p.m. Private shows cost $3.00 per person with a $150.00 minimum (up to $285.00 for 95 guests).

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James Webb Space Telescope
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