Boyd E. Christenberry Planetarium

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.

Admission is free for public showings unless otherwise stated and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The Christenberry Planetarium hosts 94 people at full capacity and offers handicapped accessibility. As noted above, we also offer presentations 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 $282.00 for 94 guests).

Contact us for more information, or to schedule a field trip or private event. We hope to see you very soon!

Recent Blog Posts

Photo Credit: Large Binocular Telescope Observatory


The Large Binocular Telescope captured the first images taken from earth of the OSIRIS-REx since the craft’s launch. 
Photo Cassini’s path into Saturn’s upper atmosphere, with tick marks every 10 seconds. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini’s Grand Finale

The Cassini spacecraft nears its final dive into Saturn’s atmosphere and prepares to lose contact with the world after its 20-year mission. 
Photo Image credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin Gill

The Great Red Spot

NASA calls on citizen scientists to help process photographs of Jupiter's iconic feature so they can be more easily studied.  
Photo Photo credit: NASA

Juno and Jupiter

On July 10th, the Juno mission’s orbit directly passed over Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot at the closest proximity to the storm itself of any mission right after completing one year of being in orbit around the gas giant. 
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Hypervelocity Starry Night

Using an algorithm, a team of scientists has discovered six new hypervelocity stars in the Milky Way.