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: ALMA, ESO, NRAO

Spectacular View of Betelgeuse

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) has captured a spectacular view of the red giant star Betelgeuse. 
Photo Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Kepler Space Telescope Mission Catalog Released

A mission catalog from NASA’s Kepler space telescope has just released, introducing two-hundred nineteen new candidate exoplanets, with ten of those being in the habitable zone of their star and being close to the size of Earth. 
Photo Image credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lowenthal (Smith College)

Through the Space Looking Glass

With the help of gravitational lenses, scientists study faraway infrared galaxies. 
Photo Image credit: NASA/APL

Solar Probe

After announcing the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft’s 2018 mission to our sun, the first mission in human history to a star, NASA renamed the spacecraft the Parker Solar Probe to honor astrophysicist and solar researcher Eugene Parker. 
Photo Image credit: Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Cornell University

Did Saturn’s moon Enceladus tip over!?

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed, developed and assembled the Cassini orbiter.