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Monthly Astronomer-Led Planetarium Show

Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. for a tour of the solar system narrated by the Fleet’s astronomer. Journey through the cosmos with us as we explore a new topic each month. 

For optimal viewing, each show is limited to 250 attendees. Avoid sold-out shows by purchasing tickets in advance.

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Stars in the Park

Free telescope viewing with the San Diego Astronomy Association available outside after the shows, weather permitting. This is a separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month.


Planetarium Show Age Recommendation

Due to the darkness required in the theater and the sophisticated nature of the material presented, planetarium shows are not recommended for children 5 years and under.

Planetary Society Members Save!

The Planetary Society is the world’s largest member based non-profit space interest group. Its members are from around the world (headquarters: Pasadena, CA). Visit their site for more information. 

Topics:

August 5
Year of the Dwarf Planet

NASA spacecrafts have visited two dwarf planets so far this year, Ceres and Pluto. What is a dwarf planet? What have we learned from these space missions? Should Pluto be considered a planet again? Join us and learn the latest from the Dawn and New Horizons missions!

September 2
A Mythological Tour of the Solar System

How do planets and moons of the Solar System get their names? Many of the celestial names we use today have their roots in ancient Roman, Nordic and other cultural mythologies. Join us for a tour of the many myths and stories that live on in our Solar System.

October 7
Cosmic Collisions

Even with the naked eye, we can easily observe many impact craters on the Moon from comets, asteroids and other cosmic debris. Has the Earth ever been hit? Did impacts occur only in the past, or can they still happen today? Have we ever observed large-scale collisions in the universe before? Join us to learn about what happens when objects collide in the cosmos.

November 4
White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes

When stars die, they leave behind white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. How big is a white “dwarf” and can a star really be made out of neutrons? Is it true that black holes suck up everything around them like big cosmic vacuum cleaners? This month’s shows focuses on these exotic stellar remnants.

December 2
New Horizons Mission Update

The New Horizons mission was the first spacecraft to reach Pluto, making its closest approach to the dwarf planet in July 2015. Incredible new data has been beaming back to Earth ever since. Join us to learn the latest about Pluto and its moons!