Space Sciences & Planetarium

Ongoing

The Gladwin Planetarium is the only planetarium on the Central Coast that features live, multimedia shows. You can tour the constellations of the night sky, fly through the Milky Way galaxy, and explore the surface of the Moon.

January 1–March 1

Weekday Shows at 3:00 PM

  • Monday - Kids’ Space Adventure
    You drive the show with your questions!
    Live interactive presentation for families with children 5 years and up.
    Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Tuesday - Universe: User’s Guide
    This live presentation features a different topic every month, along with a tour of the current night sky. 
    Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Wednesday - Kids’ Space Adventure
    You drive the show with your questions!
    Live interactive presentation for families with children 5 years and up.
    Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Thursday - Universe: User’s Guide
    This live presentation features a different topic every month, along with a tour of the current night sky.
    We are star dust, really: Stellar evolution, birth, life and death of stars.
    We are surrounded by billions and billions of stars; join us and learn more about them.
    Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Friday - Kids’ Space Adventure
    You drive the show with your questions!
    Live interactive presentation for families with children 5 years and up.
    Run Time: 30 minutes

Weekend Shows

  • 11:00 AM - Twinkle, Twinkle for Little Stars
    Learn about comets, planets, constellations and more in this live presentation designed for families with very young children.
    Run Time: 15 minutes
  • Noon - Kids’ Space Adventure
    You drive the show with your questions!
    Live interactive presentation for families with children 5 years and up.
    Run Time: 30 minutes
  • 1:00 PM - What's Up
    Get a close-up view of the sun through our state-of-the-art telescopes in the Palmer Observatory, then discuss the current night sky during a live interactive presentation in the Gladwin Planetarium. 
    Run Time: 40 minutes
  • 2:00 PM - Tales of the Maya Skies
    Experience the interconnectedness of the universe in this full-dome movie about the role of astronomy in Maya culture. Narrated by Lila Downs.
    Run Time: 34 minutes
  • 3:00 PM - Universe: User’s Guide
    This live presentation features a different topic every month, along with a tour of the current night sky.
    We are star dust, really: Stellar evolution, birth, life and death of stars.
    We are surrounded by billions and billions of stars; join us and learn more about them.
    Run Time: 40 minutes

Star Parties in 2019

Free admission for Star Parties
From dusk to 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 12
Saturday, February 9
Saturday, March 9
Saturday, April 13 
Saturday, May 11
Saturday, June 8
Saturday, July 13 
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, September 14
Saturday, October 12
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, December 14

Information: Call Javier Rivera, Astronomy Programs Manager, at 805-682-4711 ext. 173 or jrivera@sbnature2.org.