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.

Planetarium Shows - June 1–August 30

WEEKDAYS

1:00 PM - Kids’ Space Adventure
You drive the show with your questions! Yearning to learn about space? Tap the expertise of our Astronomy presenters and drive the show with your questions during this live interactive presentation.
Run Time: 30 minutes

2:00 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

3:00 PM - Universe: User’s Guide
Is it an airplane? Is it a planet? Is it an alien?: Join us as we time-travel to the past and rediscover the night sky as seen by early civilizations and explain the basic motions of objects in the sky.
Run Time: 30 minutes

WEEKENDS

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
Age appropriateness: All ages

Noon - Kids' Space Adventure
You drive the show with your questions! Yearning to learn about space? Tap the expertise of our Astronomy presenters and drive the show with your questions during this live interactive presentation.
Run Time: 30 minutes
Age appropriateness: 5 and Up

1:00 PM - ExoPlanets
With the discovery in 1995 of the first planet orbiting another star, we now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. In fact, these “extrasolar” planets now appear to be quite common. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!
Age appropriateness: 5 and Up

2:00 PM - What’s Up
Get a close-up view of the sun through our state-of-the-art telescopes in Palmer Observatory, then discuss the current night sky during a live interactive presentation in Gladwin Planetarium.
Run Time: 40 minutes
Age appropriateness: 10 and Up

3:00 PM Universe: User’s Guide
User’s Guide live presentation series features a different topic every month, along with a tour of the current night sky.
Run Time: 30 minutes
Age appropriateness: 10 and Up

Free for members, $4 for non-members

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.