Weekend Show Schedule
|7:00 PM||First Stargazers SOLD OUT!
|8:00 PM||Phantom of the Universe
|2:00 PM||Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? SOLD OUT!
|3:00 PM||Black Holes
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 First Stargazers
Travel back in time to explore The First Stargazers! Experience how ancient eyes saw the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who reveals amazing tales from cultures all across the globe. Witness the very first stargazer making a moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god of the Maya. You will also tower above the Giza pyramids, fly around fascinating Stonehenge, and have many more ancient adventures!
The Phantom of the Universe
Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium program that explores the mysterious nature of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.
Learn about the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a South Dakota gold mine.
From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.
Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs?
Did a space rock six miles wide slam into the Earth 66 million years ago and wipe out 75 percent of all living species at that time, including the dinosaurs? Explore this impacts and cosmic collisions across the Solar System in this dynamic new show. Include footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy.
Black Holes lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons, unseen voids with the energy of a million suns. They can devour entire stars, and once in their grasp, nothing, not even light, can escape. Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of Black Holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one?
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.