Weekend Show Schedule
|7:00 PM||Escher's Universe
|8:00 PM||Back to the Moon
|2:00 PM||Bad Astronomy|
|3:00 PM||Cosmic Colors (SOLD OUT)
Admission Prices (for public weekend shows):
|Seniors (65 and over)||$4.00|
|Students with ID||$2.50|
Public Weekend Show Schedule
Public programs in the planetarium star theater are on selected Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons (Please see the schedule above). Please check our schedule by calling 559-278-4121 prior to your visit to confirm that the planetarium will be open.
There is free parking available for weekend shows in parking lot P15, right in front of the planetarium (shown in green on campus map).
Reserving Tickets for Public Weekend Shows
Reservations are recommended, particularly for our popular holiday show. Tickets can be held at the door by filling out our Weekend Program Ticket Request form on the reservation page. Please indicate time and date, quantity and type (Please see "Admission Prices" above.) of tickets requested along with your name and phone number.
Ticket payment can be made at the time of ticket pick-up. Pre-payment is not necessary.
Please note that tickets will be held only until 10 minutes prior to show time and then they will be sold to the next customer. Shows start promptly on the hour.
Free Star Gazing
Each Friday night when the planetarium is open for public shows (see schedule below), weather permitting, we take a telescope outside the planetarium to look at celestial objects. Come and check out double star systems, planets, nebulae, and star clusters. There will be someone to assist you in finding what you want to see. We'll be out in front of the planetarium from dusk - 9:00 pm.
This fulldome program is based on the life and work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. See Escher's use of mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography, and geometry on the dome as we explore the Universe. Follow Escher on his visit to Alhambra, Spain as he discovers the work of the Moorish artists from which he drew inspiration.
Back to the Moon for Good
In the years from 1969 to 1972, twelve Americans walked on the Moon. Now it is time to go back to the Moon, for good. Learn about the history of lunar exploration, and the Moon's resources. Discover what humanity's future on the Moon might hold. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is leading to a new era of lunar exploration. Narrated by Tim Allen this program presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
Join Dr. Phil Plait, the “Bad Astronomer,” as he investigates several astronomical myths and misconceptions, including UFOs, horoscopes, and the Moon landing “hoax,” as well as common astronomical errors in the movies. A fun, informative program for the whole family.
Cosmic Colors will take you on a journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Discover the many reasons for color--like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red. Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye. Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a black hole and cross the event horizon. You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence. Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!