Weekend Show Schedule
|7:00 PM||The Dark Matter Mystery
|8:00 PM||The Hot & Energetic Universe|
|2:00 PM||Accidental Astronauts
|6:00 PM||From the Earth to the Universe
|7:00 PM||The Hot & Energetic Universe
|2:00 PM||Accidental Astronauts
For show descriptions look below at Current Shows.
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.
The Dark Matter Mystery
Several decades ago, astronomers discovered that individual galaxies like our Milky Way are turning so fast that they should fly apart in short order. Yet it is obvious that the galaxies remain intact over billions of years even though the force of gravity is not strong enough to prevent their demise. The solution to the problem must be a material which exerts gravity but does not shine. Astronomers call this substance “Dark Matter” but its nature remains a mystery even though about one quarter of our Universe is composed of this mysterious material. We know that it is out there, but we have no clue what it is made out of - yet. This planetarium show explores one of the greatest mysteries in all of astronomy, the quest for dark matter.
The Hot & Energetic Universe
Our Universe is filled with electro-magnetic radiation in all wavelengths and energies. This radiation ranges from high energy gamma rays all the way to down to radio waves. Radiation provides astronomers with clues as to the nature of strange objects of unbelievable violence that lurk beyond our solar system. Explore the nature of neutron stars, supernova remnants, and even black holes through the radiation they send our way.
In October 2014, after a ten year journey from Earth, history was made when the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft became the first object to enter an orbit around a comet. Next, the Philae probe bounced off the surface before finally coming to rest on Comet 67P. Join the comet discoverer, Klim Churyumov, in the inspiring story to venture to a comet for the very first time in hopes of learning the secrets of the origins of the solar system and life on Earth. This program shows awesome full dome images of this amazing object, a leftover from the very formation of the solar system over four billion years ago.
Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along with them on the surface of the Moon. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. And gain a new appreciation of our home planet.