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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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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. http://www.planetary.org

Topics:

January 7
Wonders of the Deep Sky

The entire sky is populated with objects too faint or far away to see with the unaided eye. These include star clusters, supernova remnants and galaxies outside our own. With the help of telescopes we can witness these celestial beauties.

February 4
Light Pollution

When you look up at the night sky in an area like San Diego, you are not observing the sky as it truly is. The glow of city lights interferes with our view and obscures the majority of nighttime stars from our sight. The planetarium can show us the sky as it was meant to be seen and help us understand the effects of city lights.

March 4
NASA’s Great Observatories

To the naked eye, the night sky is collection of stars and planets scattered across a deep black canvas. But the sky looks different using telescopes to observe multiple regions of the wavelength spectrum. NASA’s Great Observatories were designed to show us the universe in optical, infrared, x-rays and gamma rays. Join us this month to learn more about the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the other Great Observatories helping us learn about the night sky.

April 1
Asteroids, the Dawn Spacecraft and Arrival at Ceres

Most asteroids in the inner Solar System lie in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. In 2011, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft triumphantly visited the asteroid Vesta. This month, Dawn is expected to visit and orbit the largest of these asteroids, the dwarf planet Ceres.

May 6
Venus

Venus is the second planet from the Sun and in many ways resembles the Earth. Both planets are about the same size, have about the same mass and are composed of similar material. Venus used to be referred to as “Earth’s Sister Planet.” Venus is a fascinating planet, but in reality, it’s nothing like Earth at all. Join us this month to learn more about our “Sister Planet” Venus.

June 3
Ask the Astronomer

After a tour of the evening sky, the Fleet’s resident astronomer, Lisa Will, and her trusty planetarium operator will take your questions and attempt to illustrate the answers using the planetarium’s amazing capabilities. Think of your best outer space questions and join us for the fun!