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Public Shows

2014-2015 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.
  • 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 FALL 2014 SHOWS

Special Fall 2014 Shows "ASTRONAUT LULLABIES" will be presented at 3:00pm on Sunday September 7th and November 9th; also at 7:30pm on Saturday October 4th and December 6th.
This 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.
Advance tickets ($15 general/$10 student and senior) can be purchased on-line at http://oceanworks.eventbrite.com; or at the door ($20 general/$15 student and senior). SRJC parking permits are required and are included in the purchase 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.

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.







MARS

September 19, 20, 21; 26, 27, 28; October 10, 11, 12; 17, 18, and 19
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on October 3rd
No shows on October 4th and 5th.

Mars, you'll find it as a reasonably bright reddish light in our south-western sky this fall, and is more like planet Earth than any of the other planets in our Solar System. With some of the largest geographical features in the Solar System, we'll learn about its similarities to Earth, more so in the past than now. NASA is now designing a spacecraft to carry astronauts to the red planet. Follow with us as we tour Mars and investigate the roadblocks facing those who would attempt to colonize the red planet.

Mars




The Moon

THE MOON

October 24, 25, 26; 31, November 1, 2; 14, 15, 16; 21, 22, AND 23
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on November 7th
No shows on November 8th and 9th.

There it is, the Moon, brilliant against the orb of our night sky. The lure and mystery of the Moon has fascinated humans for thousands of years. We'll share some of the legends and imaginary journeys to this fascinating world. Learn about the Moon: its origin and nature, lunar phases, eclipses, and more. In addition discover why our very existence here on Earth is tied ever so closely to our nearest neighbor in space, the Moon.





VOLCANOES

January 16, 17, 18; 23, 24, 25; 30, 31, February 1; and February 13, 14, and 15
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on February 6th
No shows on February 7th and 8th.

Typically two volcanoes erupt on planet Earth every day and they can be deadly; on average some 800+ deaths occur each year due to volcanic activity. Yet, volcanoes are the life blood of geologically live/active planets and moons. In this program we learn about volcanoes: what causes them, types of volcanoes and eruptions here on planet Earth. They also can be found on other worlds such as Venus, Mars, a satellite at Jupiter, and even our own satellite the Moon.

Volcanoes




The Sun

THE SUN

February 20, 21, 22; 27, 28, March 1; 13, 14, 15; and 27, 28, and 29
Show times: 7:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 1:30pm Sundays
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT SKY shows on March 6th
No shows on March 7th or 8th.

Our star, the Romans named it Sol; today we know it as the Sun. How often, though, do we think of it as a real but very near star? In this show we will learn about the formation of the Sun, what's inside our star, why it shines, what its future is, and how it compares to other stars in our galaxy and beyond. We will also cover sunspots, solar prominences, solar flares, mass coronal ejections, solar eclipses, and the aurora-producing solar wind.