Circus of Physics

Want to catch a planetarium show, see a nuclear accelerator in action, or test your (paper) airplane flying skills? Then come this Saturday March 25th, 2023, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, to the Flying Circus of Physics, the FSU Department of Physics open house. We have fun activities for kids of all ages, including grown up ones! More information included below.

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Free Planetarium Shows

Want to enjoy a film about the wonders and mysteries of the universe? Then take advantage of our free planetarium shows at the Pat Thomas Planetarium! With state-of-the-art projectors and software we project 360° images of great beauty and realism.

Be sure to collect your FREE PLANETARIUM TICKETS at the Circus' information desk.

3/25/2023 show times

Title Duration Ages
10:00am Nine Planets and counting 39min 7+
11:00am Earth, Moon & Sun 20min 4+
11:30am Two Small Pieces of Glass 25min 7+
12:00m Black Holes 40min 10+
1:00pm The Dark Matter Mystery 38min 11+
2:00pm Black Holes 40min 8+
3:00pm From Earth to the Unvierse 30min 8+
3:45pm Once Upon the Big Bang 16min 11+
4:15pm Trip Through Space 30min 8+


Hands-on Experiments

Physics is a science of experiments.  Through carefully studying physical phenomena, we learn about the laws of Nature. Join this exploration by visiting our five demonstration rooms where we will have lots of hands-on experiments and fun demonstrations.

3/25/2023 times


10:00am - 4:00pm UPL 107 The Exploration Room
10:00am - 4:00pm UPL 109 Modern Physics
10:00am - 4:00pm UPL 110 Mechanics
10:00am - 4:00pm UPL 112 Electricity and Magnetism
10:00am - 4:00pm UPL 114 Sound and Waves


Live Presentations at UPL 101

Learn about the exciting research being carried at the FSU Department of Physics. Talk to a scientist about what we know and what we don't know on particle physics, chemistry, the stars and planets, superconductivity, and even about black holes.

3/25/2023 presentation times Title Speaker
10:30am Particle Physics at High Energies Harrison Prosper
11:30am Chemical Demonstrations Bridget DePrince
12:30pm The James Webb Space Telescope Spectacular New Images Massimo Marengo
1:30pm Chemical Demonstrations Bridget DePrince
2:30pm Superconductivity: Resistance is Futile! Laura Greene
3:30pm Black Holes: Bending Time and Space Jeremiah Murphy


And Much More...

We will have tours to the nuclear research John D. Fox Laboratory, to the FSU Condensed Matter Laboratories, and to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute; as well as presentations by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society and by FSU Science on the Move. There will also be many presentations and even an exciting flying paper airplane contest!

And very close, you can also join the FSU Department of Mathematics which will be holding the FSU Math Fun Day!


Location and Parking

We will be located between Keen Building (77 Chieftan Way) and Richards Building UPL (1055 Atomic Way). We recommend parking on the Woodward Garage (104 N Woodward Ave).


Hungry, Thirsty?

Don't worry, visit the brand new FSU Student Union, located at 75 N Woodward Ave, where you will find lots of choices for food and retail.