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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:

July 1
The Worlds of Star Wars

Could an ice planet like Hoth really exist? How about a desert planet like Tatooine, or forest moon like Endor? Is there any evidence that similar worlds might exist in our own solar system or around other stars? This month, we patiently wait for Comic-Con by celebrating the imaginative worlds of the Star Wars universe.

August 5
Year of the Dwarf Planet

This year, NASA spacecraft have visited two dwarf planets, Ceres and Pluto. What is a dwarf planet? What have we learned from these spacecraft 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 get their names? How about the moons of the Solar System?  Many of the names have their roots in the mythologies of several cultures. Join us for a tour of the Solar System and its many myths.

October 7
Cosmic Collisions

We can easily observe many impact craters on the Moon, but has the Earth ever been hit? Did impacts occur only in the past, or can they still happen?  Have we ever observed collisions on a larger scale?  Join us to learn about what happens when collisions occur 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 can a star be made out of neutrons? Black holes are often thought to be cosmic vacuum cleaners, but do they really suck up everything around them? This month’s shows focuses on these exotic stellar remnants.

December 2
New Horizons Mission Update

The New Horizons mission is the first spacecraft to reach Pluto. It made its closest approach to Pluto in July 2015. Since then, the data has been beaming back to Earth.  Join us to learn the latest about Pluto and its moons!