As a Greenville County Schools facility, the Hooper Planetarium is open to the public only during special events.
This world class facility now features a new 360° full immersion dome, 4K projection, state-of-the-art lighting, dynamic 5.1 surround sound, interactive lobby exhibits, expanded curriculum, new shows, and more. The Hooper Planetarium features the first American installation of the Spitz 4K IQ projection system. Programming includes entertaining, inspiring, and educational classes in astronomy, earth science, life science, anatomy, and history for students and the public.
The public can enjoy the planetarium during Friday Starry Nights programming and during additional select public programs. The schedule on Friday nights includes Carolina Skies (a live sky talk), the feature show, and the ever popular Roller Coaster on Mars. Students on field trips enjoy all the Planetarium has to offer as part of lessons during the school year.