The Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada in Reno and enjoys the distinction of being the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies in its unique theater. Officially known as a “hyperbolic parabaloid,” the theater has a 30-foot diameter, state-of-the-art digital star projector, large-format film projector, advanced surround sound system and seats for 60. The unique building is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
In addition to its fascinating large-format films and star shows, which are shown daily, the Fleishmann Planetarium features an exhibit hall on its main floor. Visitors will find interactive changing displays that typically correspond to the films being shown, as well as permanent exhibits that include an enormous rotating planet Earth and moon globes, dozens of meteorites, an intriguing black hole demonstrator and more. Exhibits in this section are open daily and can be toured free of charge. Visitors will also find a gift shop with a great selection of science-related toys, books, software and clothing and a classroom for educational programs.
As enjoyable as the Fleischmann Planetarium is during the day, it’s even more interesting at night. On select evenings, stargazers can get an up-close-and-personal look at those amazing constellations with public star observing courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Nevada.