The Vanderbilt’s Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium received a $4-million makeover – including new seating, carpeting, lobby and gift shop – and a cutting-edge technological update. Reopened in 2013, the Reichert Planetarium in Centerport, Long Island is one of the finest and most advanced in the United States.
The Planetarium’s William and Mollie Rogers Theater offers educational and fun programs for children, adults and families developed by renowned planetariums in Britain, China and the United States, Rock ‘n’ Light shows, and sky shows that recreate celestial events on the 60-foot dome.
Seasonal shows and special features for children, family and school audiences are produced in-house and conducted by trained astronomy educators. Intriguing special-topic lectures are also offered. The rooftop Observatory is open every Friday night, weather permitting. There, guided by an astronomy educator, visitors can examine the night sky through the Vanderbilt’s 16-inch Meade reflecting telescope.