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Public Shows

2015-2016 School Year


  • Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 1:30 PM during the regular Fall and Spring semesters.
    EXCEPTION: First Friday Night Sky shows are at 7:00pm and 8:30pm.
  • No regularly scheduled public shows in the summer.
  • The Planetarium is in Lark Hall, Room 2001, Santa Rosa Campus.
  • See the directions page for driving directions.
  • Admission is $8 General & $5 children 13 and under, students with ID, and Seniors (60+) with one exception; our "First Friday Night Sky" programs (see below) are complimentary with donations gratefully accepted.
  • Please note, the planetarium has no way of accepting payment via credit or debit card, we can accept cash or checks only and no bills over $20!
  • Tickets are sold at the door only - beginning 30 minutes before show time.
  • Shows begin promptly at scheduled start times,
    NO LATE SEATING!
  • Show content is designed for a more mature audience; not recommended for very young children.
  • A parking permit is required 24/7 at SRJC. A planetarium provided parking permit is available at no cost at the planetarium. Planetarium provided parking permits are issued at the Planetarium with your admission. Please arrive early enough to pick up your parking permit, return to your vehicle for placement, and arrive back in the Planetarium before the show starts. If you do not wish to make the return trip to your vehicle with the planetarium provided permit, you may also purchase on your own a daily permit for $4 at the gray parking permit dispensing machine in the Bech parking lot.
  • Lose something in the Planetarium? If so, give us a call at 707-527-4640, we may have it. We hold lost items for one week then take them to SRJC's Lost and Found.
  • Patrons requiring special seating accommodations, such as wheelchair access, are asked to please call the Planetarium at 707-521-6914 a few days ahead and advise us of your requirements.
  • For information, also call the Planetarium phone line at 707-527-4465







SPECIAL LIVE CONCERTS RETURN this coming school year

Our special live concerts starring Sonoma County singer-songwriters Jim and Kathy Ocean returns for a second year with a mix of old and new science and astronomy related songs. We are scheduling these immersive live concert/planetarium experiences for 3:00pm on the Sundays of the weekends that we present our First Friday Night Sky programs except for September. Stay tuned as we'll update you with specific details in August.

Astronaut Lullabies




Star Formation

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY

FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY programs are offered on the first Friday of the months September through December; and, February through May. These shows, presented at 7:00 and 8:30pm, will be the only regularly scheduled public shows given on these first Friday weekends. Show content will vary with emphasis on the stars, constellations, planets, and other interesting facts in or about the sky that night.
Although admission is free, donations to support SRJC's Planetarium are gratefully appreciated. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis; so arrive early enough to pick up your free parking permit, return it to your vehicle, and arrive back in the planetarium by the scheduled show start time.







HUBBLE AT 25

September 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27; October 9, 10, 11; 16, 17, and 18
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on October 2nd
No regular public shows on October 3rd and 4th.

It was April 24, 1990 when the Hubble Space Telescope left earth for its new home some 350 miles into space. This year we celebrate Hubble's 25 years of service to science and astronomy. In this show we will briefly look back at Hubble's construction and rocky beginning in space. From there we celebrate Hubble's contributions through its mind boggling images and discoveries from our solar system to the deepest reaches in our universe.

Hubble Space Telescope




The Milky Way

THE MILKY WAY

October 23, 24, 25; 30, 31, and November 1; November 13, 14, 15; 20, 21, and 22
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on November 6th
No regular pubic shows on November 7th and 8th.

Here we are on a planet orbiting one of some two-hundred plus billion stars in our huge city of stars we call the Milky Way Galaxy. We'll look at what makes up our spiral galaxy, where we live in this city of stars, and why it looks the way it does on a dark clear night. We'll then venture out to find and compare our city of stars to other galaxies both near and far; and, onto the basics of the cosmos itself.





ASTRONOMICAL ODDITIES

January 22, 23, 24; 29, 30, 31; February 12, 13 14; 19, 20, and 21
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on February 5th
No regular public shows on February 6th and 7th.

Typically we may recognize planets, stars, galaxies, etc. However, thinking of the old bromide "reality can be stranger than fiction" leads us into the vastness of space as we discover the not-so-usual, astronomical oddities, found in our universe.

Nebula




Stellar Black Hole

THE PATH TO CYGNUS X-1

February 26, 27, 28; March 11, 12, 13; 18, 19, 20; 25, 26 and 27
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on March 4th
No regular public shows on March 5th or 6th.

Some 6,100 light years from Earth lies a once strange object discovered in 1964 in a constellation called Cygnus. Being located in Cygnus and emitting X-Ray radiation the object was named Cygnus X-1. Today we realize Cygnus X-1 to be a stellar black hole. But what are they? We'll find out as we trace the path to Cygnus X-1 and others from stellar formations to stellar black holes.