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Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium

Looking for an educational experience that is out of this world? Look no further than Big Sandy Community and Technical College. The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium serves as a hub of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in eastern Kentucky. The facility is located on our Prestonsburg campus and offers an interactive exhibit hall, planetarium and popular laser light shows.

The Science Center features a 40-foot dome and the Spitz Sci-Dome projection system, one of only two dozen in the world, and the Varia Planetarium has the state’s only GOTO Star Projector, which brings space exploration to life for visitors.

A field trip to the stars in your backyard

Are you a teacher? Let us take you to the stars or the edge of space with a fun-filled day of learning at the Science Center. Our staff can build a lesson around your curriculum, or take advantage of a variety of lessons in science, astronomy and physics provided by our staff of instructional specialists.

A traveling exhibit by NASA featuring the Hubble Space Telescope will be at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium through August. Hubble Traveling Exhibit Opening January 21st

The East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium (EKSC) will house a special Hubble mission exhibit from NASA through August.

The 2,200-square-foot exhibit immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble Space Telescope and introduces the James Webb Space Telescope. Featuring a scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope and several satellite units, visitors will get a hands-on experience of the same technology that allows Hubble to gaze distant galaxies and contribute to the exploration of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe.

Visitors will also learn of the various instruments aboard the telescope and the role each of them plays in providing images and discoveries. The exhibit will also feature data taken by Hubble of planets, galaxies, regions around the black hole and many other fascinating cosmic entities that have contributed to science for decades.

Hours of Operation

The Science Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (606) 889-8260.

Tuesday-Friday

  • Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Planetarium Show 2 p.m.
  • Laser Show 3:15 p.m.

Saturday

  • Open Noon to 4 p.m.
  • Planetarium Shows 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Laser Show 3:15 p.m.

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Membership Information

Did you know that a membership to Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium allows you to receive reduced or free admission to over 300 Science Centers and Museums worldwide through the ASTC Travel Passport Program. Love science? This passport can be your ticket to a world of learning and exploration. Here is a list of Science Centers and Museums offering this discount.