The Ohio State University at Newark


Exploration as Limitless as the Universe

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. 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.

Visitor Information

The SciDome is located at The Works’ campus in downtown Newark.
55 S. 1st Street
Newark, Ohio 43055

For hours and admission, refer to The Works.

Launch SciDome

Ohio State Newark Student Programming

The SciDome serves as a classroom for Ohio State Newark students. Its high definition projection brings the universe into vivid detail, while the intimate space invites class discussion and engagement. Astronomy 1143 Cosmology: History of the Universe is offered entirely in the SciDome each autumn semester. Other disciplines – such as biology, anatomy and geology – may
also utilize the SciDome for individual class sessions.

Public Programming
Daily Events

SciDome live planetarium shows are scheduled daily during The Works’ normal business hours. The SciDome is free with paid admission or membership to The Works.
Check The Works’ calendar for upcoming shows.

Behind the Science

This public outreach program of Ohio State Newark is aimed toward adults who have a craving for lifelong learning. Grab a seat, relax and get an inside view of the science that makes our world. The cost is $10 for non-members and free for members. Reservations are recommended. Click each title for more information and to reserve your seat.

SciDome Director: Michael Stamatikos, PhD

Michael Stamatikos, PhD, is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and researcher at Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. Dr. Stamatikos — widely recognized for his work on Swift, a NASA satellite mission that was ranked the best science mission in its class in two consecutive NASA biennial senior reviews — serves as The Works’ Chief Science Officer.

SciDome History

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.

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