Weekend Show Schedule
|6:00 PM||Destination Mars: The New Frontier|
|7:00 PM||Einstein's Gravity Playlist|
|2:00 PM||FORWARD! To the Moon
|3:00 PM||Drifting North: Into the Polar Night|
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.
Destination Mars: The New Frontier
Out of all the planets in the solar system, Mars is the planet most like Earth. In the future, Mars may become alike a second Earth but we need to get there to make it happen. NASA and others have their sights set on the Red Planet and are building the technology that would allow humans to reach Mars. See the new rockets under construction and fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space. Mars is waiting, are you ready?
Einstein's Gravity Playlist
What are gravitational waves? How are these ripples in space-time created? Albert Einstein predicted their existance in 1916, and a century later, physicists detected these waves using incredibly precise laser technology here on Earth. See the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) and meet Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of gravitational waves and their importance in helping us to understand the Universe.
FORWARD: To the Moon
Project Artemis is NASA's boldnew plan to send astronauts back to the Moon for the first time in over fifty years. The discovery of water ice at the lunar south pole will provide a valuable resource which will help sustain a planned lunar base by providing water to drink, grow food, oxygen to breathe, and even rocket fuel! Join us for this exciting adventure as the first woman and the next man take that giant leap for all.
Drifting North: Into the Polar Night
Step out onto an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, where scientists race the fading light to set up one of the most ambitious international climate collaborations ever, MOSAiC. The Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate launched in September 2019. Led by the Alfred Wegener Institute from Germany, the mission intentionally froze an instrument laden icebreaker Polarstern into the ice on the Central Arctic Ocean where it drifted in the polar ice through the long, dark winter. Join this effort to better understand this remote region and the role it plays in both global climate and weather patterns.