Friday Public Star Shows for Fall 2013
Start your weekend out by taking in a star show at Hartnell College's J. Frederic Ching Planetarium.
Enjoy exciting full dome immersive imagery and the relaxing sight of a starry night sky as produced by
the Konica Minolta Mediaglobe. Our programs will inform and entertain curious minds.
Doors open 15 minutes before show time. Be sure to arrive early for the best seats. NO LATE SEATING
Friday Kids Shows at 5:30 serve up family friendly programming geared for PreK through third grade.
Admission for Friday Kids Shows is $5 for all seats. Children 3 and under are admitted free.
Our Friday Evening Programs at 7pm are geared for more general audiences.
The cost for Friday Evening Shows is $6 for General Admission, $4 for Students, Seniors, and Military
Please call the Planetarium Hotline at 770-6161
to make reservations and for further information.
Pay at the door with cash or check only.
This program portrays the animals on the farm as they, with help from the audience,
teach a young duckling about what to look for in both the daytime and nighttime sky.
The show is a fun and very gentle introduction to the planetarium environment.
Follow NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission and join
scientists who are investigating the border between our own
Solar System and the rest of the Milky Way galaxy. Get an in-depth
look at how IBEX maps the outer limits of our Solar System.
Wilbear the teddy bear wants to fly. Learn about the Wright Brothers,
the history of human flight and find out if Wilbear gets his wish.
Join us as we premiere our newest program! One of the most puzzling scientific
mysteries of our time is dark matter. Objects we see, like stars and planets, make up
monly 20% of the mass of the universe. Learn about how radio astronomy is used to
study dark matter and explore the history of our universe with beautiful visualizations.
Produced by The University of Western Australia
As the constellation Orion dominates the winter night sky, learn about the
mythical story of the mighty hunter. Told in classic cartoon style,
learn about Orion's love for the mooon goddess Diana and see him battle the scorpion.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chichén Itzá, Mexico, the seventh wonder of the modern world.
Listen to the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies.
With unprecedented realism Tales of the Maya Skies immerses us in Maya science, art,
and mythology, using fulldome digital technology to transport us back into the world
of the Maya. "Tales of the Maya Skies" inspires and educates through its description of
the Maya’s accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the Universe.
Produced by Chabot Science and Space Center
Santa Claus is missing! Mrs. Claus is worried and asks Oatmeal the snowman to help find him.
Join Oatmeal and his friend George, the planetarium wizard, as they travel the world in search of Santa.
Along the way they are told constellation stories from many cultures and how to use the stars of the Big Dipper to find north.
Take time out from the break-neck pace of the holidays to learn about
winter legends and practices. From solstice celebrations and Jewish traditions,
to mistletoe and the Christmas Star, you’ll learn many of the ways people
have devised to make a dark season bright. Join us for our holiday tradition!
Produced by Loch Ness Productions
Teachers, expand your students’ learning experience with
a field trip to our planetarium. Our star theater has
comfortable seating for 45 people, with an absolute maximum
capacity of 60, including chaperones. You must arrange
additional showings to accommodate groups larger than 60.
We offer age appropriate programming for all grade levels,
from pre-schoolers on up. A sky tour by a live presenter
supplements information in entertaining and informative
prerecorded shows. Custom presentations and additional
activities can be added with prior arrangement. See our
web site for a list of programming options.
School Programs are available at 9:45am, 11am and 12:30pm
on most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from
January 22nd through May 29th.
Check for available dates and times online at:
Other slots may be made available by special request.
Show reservations may be made by calling 831 755-6913.
Cost for our school program is as follows:
$120 for 60 minutes (Pre-school and Kintergarten)
$135 for 90 minutes (Grades 1 – 3)
$135 for 90 minutes (Grades 4 and up)
Rent the Stars
The planetarium is available one Saturday each month for
party rentals. Our basic 2 hour party package includes
an hour-long planetarium program and the additional use of
a reception room for food and refreshments, all for $225.
Children’s parties are limited to no more than 25 guests,
and there must be active adult supervision at the rate of
one assigned adult for every 5 children.
Take advantage of this unique venue for your next party, meeting,
or special event.
Available Saturday dates for
fall are 9/13, 10/11, 11/8 and 12/13.
Longer rentals, custom presentations and other dates may be possible
for an additional charge. Please call to make arrangements
as far in advance as possible.
Contact Planetarium Educator Andy Kreyche at 831 755-6913 for more details.