Deep Sky Objects in July at SMC's Drescher Planetarium

Stars and planets in the sky​The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites you to enjoy an evening of magnificent deep-sky images featuring star clusters, planetary nebulae, and even a bright supernova remnant. The planetarium’s July schedule also offers an opportunity to catch up on the latest news about the Mars exploration programs currently in progress and planned for the future. The feature shows – as well as our popular Night Sky Show – will be held on Friday evenings.

The feature shows are at 8 p.m. and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., offering the latest news in astronomy and space exploration, a family-friendly “tour” of the constellations, and the chance to ask astronomy-related questions.

The July planetarium shows are:

  • Summer Deep Sky Wonders on July 11 and 18. Beautiful images of the wonders of the summer sky show us star birth and death, the raw material of planetary formation, and literally countless distant galaxies. Come discuss what they seem to be telling us about our universe, and pick up tips on where to go to view these beauties.

  • Mars Exploration Update on July 25. Get a news update on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity and other craft, see images from Gale crater, and review early results from the missions, as well as new missions planned and the future of Mars exploration.

The John Drescher Planetarium, which features a Digistar projection system, is located near the elevators on the second floor of Drescher Hall (1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica). Tickets are available at the door and cost $11 ($9 seniors and children) for the evening’s scheduled “double bill,” or $6 ($5 seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under) for a single show or telescope-viewing session.

Please call (310) 434-3005 or see or for information. All shows subject to change or cancellation without notice.