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Pretlow PlanetariumReservations

The planetarium is a great option for school and summer camp groups. Shows can be presented on a variety of science topics and aimed at a wide range of age groups. These shows generally consist of a video presentation on the topic and a question and answer session with the presenter. Shows may also include a live, full-dome presentation on the motions of the night sky if desired, constellations, planets, galaxies, etc...

A projectionist may be hired to run a live, full-dome show if desired, or you may request a live lecture from the director.

For booking, rates, a tour of the facility, or more information, please use the button below.

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Pretlow Planetarium

ODU's 40 foot educational planetarium will allow you to explore the stars.


About Us

ODU and the Physics Department strive to present enlightening experiences that inspire wonder about space and science.

Spring 2014 Planetarium Lineup


Electrifying shows are scheduled for audiences of all ages.

Pen on Notebook


A planetarium offers a unique opportunity for both formal and informal education.



Full calendar view of all upcoming public shows and events.



See what's happening at the Pretlow Planetarium.

ODU OmniGlobe

Astronomy Courses

ODU offers exciting courses that take part and use the planetarium for classes.

Bruce Hanna, Planetarium Director in the observatory dome


Friends of Pretlow support the formal and informal educational missions of Old Dominion University's planetarium.