Weekend Show Schedule
|6:00 PM||From the Earth to the Universe (SOLD OUT)
|7:00 PM||From the Earth to the Universe (SOLD OUT)|
|8:00 PM||Black Holes (SOLD OUT)|
|3:00 PM||Cosmic Colors|
Admission Prices (for public weekend shows):
|Seniors (65 and over)||$4.00|
|Students with ID||$3.00|
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
When the planetarium is open for public shows on a Friday night (see schedule above), weather permitting, we take our 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 - 8:00 pm.
From Earth to the Universe
Viewers can revel in the splendour of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
Black Holes takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a Black Hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? What are supermassive black holes? What is "spaghettification"?!
Sunstruck! planetarium show will teach you about Heliophysics, the study of the Sun . It includes information on the Sun's layers, space weather and its impact on Earth. Several of NASA's heliophysics missions including SOHO, IRIS, and SDO have studied our Sun and will be used to explain its inner and outer workings. The audience should gain an enhanced understanding of the Sun and how it impacts our world.
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!