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Planetarium Shows Lectures


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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 (​) or call (310) 434-3005. All shows subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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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, January 30

7pm | Planetarium

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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).

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Due to weather conditions the outdoor special observing event will be moved indoors.  An alternate program viewing images of the telescopic targets will take place instead.

Special Observing Event: A Gibbous Moon and Jovian Clouds and Moons!

We’ll follow up last week’s moonless observing night with a look at the 11-day-old gibbous Moon and at Jupiter and its satellite bodies. There will be good lighting on several big lunar craters, and all four of Jupiter’s Galilean moons will be visible. We’ll begin in the planetarium, then head outside for viewing through telescopes with guidance from our planetarium director. If clouds interfere, we’ll stay indoors and view spectacular images of the Moon and Jupiter and its moons. Dress warmly!

Fri, January 30 | 8pm | Planetarium​