Welcome to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium

Immerse Yourself

The only public planetarium in Vermont invites you to take a tour of the cosmos, get transported by extreme weather, or travel through time to the age of the dinosaurs. Choose from a selection of films and in-person presentations during your visit. Or reserve the planetarium for a private show!

Today’s Programs

  • Live Astronomy Presenter - "Tonight's Sky"
    December 111:30 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Dinosaur Full-Dome Movie
    December 112:30 pm - 1:00 pm
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  • Astronomy Full-dome Movie
    December 11:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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  • Live Astronomy Presenter - "Solar System Tour"
    December 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Adventure begins here.

What’s Happening at the Museum?

StJ Sparkles
Dec 8 & 9

A community-wide celebration of the season!

Winter Nature Buddies
Wed or Thur, 10:00 AM

A playgroup for the youngest naturalists and their caregivers

You’re the reason we do what we do.
Thank you!

We count on contributions of any size to make this museum welcoming and inspiring for everyone.

Eye on the Sky the Vermont Weather Source Logo

Weather Forecast

Continued mild today, with a few sprinkles north this morning, then rain spreading west to east this afternoon.

Current Weather Information for December 1, 2023

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AM sun south of Rt. 2, clouds north. Becoming cloudy, rain later this afternoon.
40s to low 50s.

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Rain, ending as wet snow over higher elevations north.

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Rain/wet snow showers north, spotty south.
Mid 30s to mid 40s, north to south

Mix of sun and clouds.


Chance of rain or snow showers, steadier late.
30s to lower 40s.

Eye on the Night Sky

Friday, December 01, 2023

Venus continues to be majestic in the morning skies, rising before 3:30 AM, and seen along side the bright star Spica to its right. Although Spica shines as the 11th brightest star in the heavens, it appears 100 times fainter than Venus. Through the month, Venus loses its height, rising an hour later, and only climbing to one quarter of the way up at month’s end.