Special Events

Please check our schedule for planetarium show times and dates.

October 23rd Partial Eclipse

Join us at the Downing Planetarium on October 23, 2014 between the hours of 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm to witness a partial solar eclipse.  We will have solar telescopes set up in front of the planetarium for close up viewing.  The Central Valley Astronomers will have solar telescopes for safe viewing.  Solar eclipse glasses (for safe viewing of the eclipse) will be available in the planetarium gift shop for $2.00. 

Free Planetarium Programs

Moonbound: 2020 1:00 pm
Two Small Pieces of Glass 1:30 pm


The Partial Eclipse

Eclipse begins 1:58 pm
Maximum obscurity 3:22 pm
Eclipse ends 4:37 pm


Eclipse Animation

partial eclipse

Image credits: http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/


Location and parking

We will be set up in front of the Downing Planetarium to view the partial solar eclipse. Parking can be found next to the planetarium in lot P15 as well as near by lots P6 and P20.  A university parking permit is required.  Permits may be purchased at the Daily Permit Dispensers for $3.00. For more information on daily parking please visit the traffic operations website.