The dome of the SciDome planetarium is lit with constellations.


The SciDome is a planetarium that delivers a stunning visual exploration of our universe. Inside is a 60-seat theater outfitted with a 30-foot tilted dome to immerse viewers in out-of-this-world adventures.

Exploration as Limitless as the Universe

The SciDome, established through an exceptional public/private partnership between Ohio State Newark and The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, inspires and entertains the inner scientist in all of us. As a shared facility, the SciDome is open to The Works’ guests and school tours as well as Ohio State Newark classes and programming.


Dilupama Divaratne, PhD
SciDome director; lecturer, Department of Physics 

SciDome History

The Ohio State University Dean and Director William L. MacDonald and Michael Stamatikos, PhD, at the groundbreaking of the SciDome planetarium.
Dean William L. MacDonald, PhD, and Michael Stamatikos, PhD

The stars aligned for Michael Stamatikos, PhD, in 2015 when he found himself in front of the Ohio State Newark board with the opportunity to share his desire for a planetarium in Newark. Six months later, he presented to the joint boards of Ohio State Newark and The Works. The central Ohio community quickly embraced this dynamic educational partnership with many private and corporate commitments culminating a highly successful fundraising campaign. The SciDome grand opening followed on June 9, 2018.