East Kentucky Science Center | BSCTC

East Kentucky Science Center

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 exhibit hall with hands-on STEM activities and visuals, along with the Varia Planetarium - a 40-foot dome with a Digistar 7 projection system, the state's only GOTO Star Projector, and a laser light music show system.

Are You A Teacher?

Supplement your classroom lessons with programming about robotics, animal habitats, physics, and more. Let us take you to the stars or the edge of space with a fun-filled day of learning in the Varia Planetarium. 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. For more information, please contact Pauletta Burke at 606-886-7398 or pburke0014@kctcs.edu 

Hours of Operation

NOTE: Show times and open dates may change for special events. Please check our Facebook or call before your visit for confirmation

  •  Thursday & Friday:  1:00-4:00pm
    • Planetarium Show at 2:00pm
    • Laser Show at 3:00pm
  •  Saturday:  12:00 - 4:00pm
    • Live astronomy show at 1:00pm
    • Planetarium show at 2:00pm
    • Laser show at 3:00pm

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  • Please contact the Center for program availability.

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.