Date posted: 02/08/2013
Those staying in hotels near Santa Monica College have the opportunity to witness the wonders of the sky this spring and summer. Santa Monica College’s planetarium presents “The Night Sky Show” on select Fridays March-August. It’s a great show to take the kids to see to learn about astronomy!
Santa Monica College has an Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector that recreates the celestial wonders of the fluctuating night sky, far away from the city lights. The 50 minute show is updated weekly with all the latest in space exploration and astronomy. Bring the whole family to learn about the constellations and ask questions!
The Night Sky Show costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors ages 60 and up and children age 12 and under. You can pay $11($9 for senior and children) to enjoy both the Night Sky Show and the evening’s scheduled Feature Show or Guest Lecture. Tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of or in person at the SMC Theatre Box Office. All shows are held at the John Drescher Planetarium, located in Drescher Hall Room 223 at 7pm.
The Night Sky Show will be held on the following dates:
March 2, 9, 16, 30
April 6, 20, 27
May 4, 11
June 1, 8, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10
The planetarium was the dream of Dr. Bruce Young, first Chair of the Earth Science Department at Santa Monica College and Gerry Waxman, astronomy instructor in the late 1960s. Together they designed a 60 seat theater on the second floor of the Technology building. It was closed and reopened several times in the ‘70s and ‘80s before the Northridge Quake of 1994 produced over $80 million in damage to the Santa Monica College campus. Through the generosity of engineer John Drescher and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Santa Monica College rebuilt its planetarium in 1997.
Be sure to visit Santa Monica College to see one of these shows this upcoming season!