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Planetarium Specialist - Programming Director: Ed Megill

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

Special Concert Shows Return

OUR SPECIAL PLANETARIUM LIVE CONCERT SHOWS RETURN THIS SPRING. "ASTRONAUT LULLABIES" will be presented at 3:00pm on Sunday February 8th and again at 3:00pm on Sunday March 8th.
This popular returning special musical program is an immersive live concert/planetarium experience featuring Sonoma County singer-songwriters Jim & Kathy Oceans' collection of "space rock". Expect a mesmerizing multi-sensory journey--a poetry of heart, mind, sight and sound--as the planetarium's night sky and captivating astronomical visuals are choreographed to original live music. From "Sugar in Space" to "Coming of Age in the Milky Way ", from reggae to ragas, you are invited to contemplate our place in space on planet Earth.
Admission tickets ($15 general/$10 student and senior) can be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the scheduled show time. Tickets also available on-line at Eventbrite. SRJC parking permits are required and are included in the Admission price; arrive at the Planetarium in time to obtain a parking permit, place it on your vehicle's dashboard, and return to the Planetarium before the show start time. Doors open 30 minutes before show times.
For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

1/3/15

The Earth reaches Perihelion at 11:00PM PST today. Perihelion is when the Earth is closest to the Sun in its slightly eliptical annual orbit around the Sun. At Perihelion the Earth is about 91.4 million miles from the sun. “Peri” refers to being near and “helion” refers to the Sun. The average distance between the Earth and Sun is about 93 million miles. In early July the Earth reached aphelion or its most distant point from the Sun, about 94.5 million miles.

1/4/15

The Full Moon occurs at 8:53PM PST.

1/13/15

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 1:46AM PST.

1/16/15

This evening starts our first Spring Semester 2015 planetarium show "VOLCANOES" and runs through Sunday February 1st and again from Friday February 13th through Sunday February 15th. The weekend of Friday, February 6th we present February's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program; no other regularly scheduled public shows will be given that weekend. For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

1/20/15

The New Moon occurs at 1:14PM PST.

1/26/15

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 8:48PM PST.

2/3/15

The Full Moon occurs at 3:09PM PST.

2/6/15

Tonight we present February's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. Our returning spring live concert special planetarium show "Astronaut Lullabies" will be presented this Sunday at 3:00PM; no planetarium show this Saturday. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

2/11/15

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 7:50PM PST.

2/13/15

This is the last weekend to see our first Spring Semester 2015 planetarium show "VOLCANOES." For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

2/18/15

The New Moon occurs at 3:47PM PST.

2/20/15

This evening starts our second Spring Semester 2015 planetarium show "THE SUN" and runs through Sunday March 1st and again from Friday March13h through Sunday March 29th. The weekend of Friday, March 6th we present March's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program; no other regularly scheduled public shows will be given that weekend. For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

2/25/15

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 9:14AM PST.

3/5/15

The Full Moon occurs at 10:05AM PST.

3/6/15

Tonight we present March's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. Our returning spring live concert special planetarium show "Astronaut Lullabies" will be presented this Sunday at 3:00PM; no planetarium show this Saturday. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

3/8/15

Daylight Saving Time starts at 2:00AM today. Turn your clocks forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday, March 7th. Remember the saying "Spring Forward Fall Back.

3/13/15

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 10:48AM PDST.

3/20/15

The New Moon occurs at 2:36AM PDST. Also today at 3:45PM occurs the Vernal, or Spring, Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is the time when the Sun passes through the Celestial Equator along its upward path toward the Summer Solstice. "Equinox" means equal night. At the time of Equinox, the Sun is essentially above and below the horizon an equal amount of time for all locations on planet Earth. The Vernal Equinox marks the official beginning of our Spring season and in Sonoma County at 12:00 Noon you will find the Sun 51.5 degrees above our southern horizon.

3/27/15

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 12:43AM PDST.

3/27/15

This is the last weekend to see our second Spring Semester 2015 planetarium show "THE SUN." For specific details, dates, and times for these and other shows and programs offered this school year see our public shows web page.

4/3/15

Tonight we present April's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. No planetarium shows will be presented this Saturday or Sunday. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

4/4/15

The Full Moon occurs at 5:06AM PDST.

4/11/15

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 8:44PM PDST.

4/18/15

The New Moon occurs at 11:57AM PDST.

4/25/15

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 8:55PM PDST.

5/1/15

Tonight we present May's "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" program. Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are greatly appreciated. No planetarium shows will be presented this Saturday or Sunday. For specific details about our "FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY" programs and other shows offered this school year see our public shows web page.

5/3/15

The Full Moon occurs at 8:42PM PDST.

5/3/15

Also on Sunday, May 3rd, is SRJC's open house "Day Under the Oaks." This SJRC open house is a great activity for families. Many different arts and crafts, department diplays, Native American dances, food and drink, and free planetarium demonstration shows along with solar viewing (weather permitting) provided by the Sonoma County Astronomical Society and the Robert Ferguson Observatory.

5/11/15

The Last Quarter Moon occurs at 3:36AM PDST.

5/17/15

The New Moon occurs at 9:13PM PDST.

5/25/15

The First Quarter Moon occurs at 10:19AM PDST.



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Last updated January 5, 2015
by Ed Megill and/or Travis Job