The Jordan Planetarium opens a window on planets, stars and the universe, bringing the cosmos to life in the twenty foot dome theater. The Jordan Observatory is Maine's only public observatory, and is open for sky watchers of all ages to explore the wonders of the Maine sky.
Public shows vary regularly and cover a huge array of related topics from Hubble presentations to tours of the solar system, via a few curveballs like Mayan prophecies.
Kids' specials include things like The Little Star That Could and Our Sky Family, suitable for 5 and 4 to 8 years respectively.
From Main Street (Rt.2) in Orono: Go north across the Stillwater River bridge and bear left at the traffic light onto College Avenue. Approximately 3/4 mile on left turn into the parking lot by the Steam Plant (note the smoke stacks). On foot- walk across the street and up hill onto campus. At the top of the walk, Wingate Hall will be the second building on left.
From Interstate 95: Take exit 193 and follow Stillwater Avenue toward Old Town to fourth traffic light. Turn right on College Avenue and one mile later turn right into the parking lot by the Steam Plant (note the smoke stacks). On foot, walk across the street and up sidewalk onto campus. At the top of the walk, Wingate Hall will be the second building on left.
It's worth noting that for safety they don't admit latecomers!
A small souvenir booth offers space related toys and astronomy guides at reasonable prices.
Private showings for school classes and groups can be arranged for weekdays and weekends by prior reservation. Call the Jordan Planetarium to discuss scheduling options and pricing.
The Jordan Planetarium is handicap accessible. The Observatory is not.