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.
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 11, 18, 25
Fri, August 1, 8, 15
7pm | Planetarium
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) 434-3005. Admission is $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under).
With two years elapsed from the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity, we’ll view images from Gale crater. We’ll also discuss early results from the mission, and review the status and science of the other craft already operating in Mars orbit or on the surface. Several new missions have been announced and approved recently, so we’ll also look at the future of Mars exploration.
Fri, August 1 | 8pm | Planetarium
With the first un-crewed test flight of NASA’s Orion exploration spacecraft scheduled this Fall, and several pivotal demonstrations of capability by the competitors for the NASA commercial crew program for the International Space Station scheduled for the first half of 2014, we’ll take a look at where home-grown American human spaceflight stands.
Fri, August 8, 15 | 8pm | Planetarium