planetarium shows & lectures
Tickets for planetarium shows and lectures may be purchased at the door on the evening of the show, or in advance at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus; limited hours). Shows (except selected guest lectures) are held in the John Drescher Planetarium, located on SMC’s Main Campus in Drescher Hall Room 223. Admission to a single show or lecture is $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under). You can enjoy both the Night Sky Show and that evening’s scheduled Feature Show or Guest Lecture for the double-bill price of $11 ($9 seniors and children). For information, visit our website (www.smc.edu/planetarium) or call (310) 434-3005. All shows subject to change or cancellation without notice.
The Night Sky Show
Our Digistar II planetarium projector recreates the celestial wonders of the ever-changing night sky—as you would see it far from city lights—in a 50-minute show updated weekly with the latest news in space exploration and astronomy. Bring the whole family to “tour” the constellations and ask questions about anything related to astronomy. The Night Sky Show costs $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under) and is presented on the following dates:
Fri, July 24, 31
Fri, August 7
7pm | Planetarium
Feature Shows & Guest Lectures
Planetarium Feature Shows and Guest Lectures are presented at 8 p.m. on Fridays when the Night Sky Show is scheduled. For further information, please call (310) 434-4767. Admission is $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under).
Special Observing Event:
8 Day Old Moon, The Straight Wall and Saturn!
Take a look at an 8-day-old waxing gibbous Moon offering sights that include Rupes Recta (The Straight Wall), a sharply shadowed escarpment 70 miles long. Then enjoy a view of the solar system’s crown jewel, lovely Saturn and its rings. We’ll begin in the planetarium with a short primer on what to look for in the eyepiece, then head outside to observe through an array of telescopes, with guidance from our planetarium director. Dress warmly!
Fri, July 24 | 8pm | Planetarium
The Meteors of Summer:
August’s Perseid Shower
The 2015 Perseid Meteor shower will occur on August 12-13. The annual display of spectacular streaks of light crossing the skies is the result of our planet moving through dust streams left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. We’ll discuss the nature of these beautiful events, and provide advice for getting out to watch one of Nature’s silent spectacles. (Hint: You will need to leave city lights far behind, and plan to stay up late….)
Fri, July 31, August 7 | 8pm | Planetarium