[Retired planetarium director Craig Robinson (left) receives award]
Generations of Connecticut school children received their introduction to the night sky thanks to Craig Robinson’s enthusiastic live shows in the Copernican Planetarium at CCSU. For over three decades, Craig worked closely with faculty, staff, students, and teachers to make sure that the planetarium fulfilled its dual role of educating and entertaining the citizens of Connecticut. Craig also introduced and developed most of the programs we use on a regular basis for planetarium shows, as well as hands-on activities and workshops, each effectively focusing and following curricula designated for specific age/grade-ranges. With the help of Craig’s exuberant personality and consummate showmanship, the planetarium has had numerous groups become repeat-visitors. As a result the planetarium’s audience and reach dramatically increased during Craig’s tenure at CCSU. The planetarium staff and volunteer population has also seen dramatic increases in size and diversity as a result of Craig’s ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Craig has truly made it his life’s work to bring the heavens down to earth. We are happy to announce that on May 15, 2019, Craig was received the Astronomer of the Year award from the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford, in recognition of his tireless work for the citizens of Connecticut.