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The Planetarium

at New Rochelle High School

Dome Shows

What's Happening In The Sky?

Find out here!

Note: You will be directed to a youtube link.


The planetarium at New Rochelle High School was completed in 1970 and Martin J. Steinbaum was appointed as its first director.  Mr. Steinbaum retired in 1991 and is currently an adjunct professor at Iona College.  Under his direction, an annual holiday show, The Star of Bethlehem,  was produced until 2002.

The present director of the planetarium  is Mr. Bruce Zeller, a member of our Science Department.  Each year many of New Rochelle’s elementary, pre-K, and middle school students visit the planetarium to learn about astronomy.  There are several sections of astronomy offered as a senior year elective.  In addition, New Rochelle HS students studying earth science supplement the astronomy section of the NYS syllabus with demonstrations and presentations in the planetarium.  The facility is also available to private schools and scouting organizations.

In 1996, the district upgraded the original Spitz planetarium projector to an A5 opto-mechanical star projector, along with an ATM-3 automation system.  In 2005, the district installed a Spitz Scidome, a 360 degree fulldome video projector, along with ATM-4 automation with a 5.1 surround sound audio system. More recently, the interior of the planetarium  was refurbished, increasing the seating capacity to 84.  Our favorite 2008 upgrade was the installation of red, blue and green LED lighting, to create all sorts of effects such as sunrises and sunsets!

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