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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.

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.