Shows run every Saturday and Sunday, plus most holidays, including Spring Weeks (3/28–4/12).
Planetarium doors open every half hour starting at 11:30 a.m. with the last show opening at 2:30 p.m., per the schedule below. Programs are approximately 20 minutes long, and are presented live with interactive activities. Questions and exploration are encouraged in all programs!
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Imagine the Sky Tonight
What is a constellation? How do you find one? Identify starry patterns in the sky, make up your own patterns, and blast off for a personal trip among the stars! Make your own starmaps and explore the night sky at home with free programs like Stellarium and Celestia.
12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Hunting for Water
Which exoplanets can support life and what does water have to do with it? Explore a real exoplanet system discovered by NASA's Kepler mission to find out how a popular children's story is perfect to explain how Kepler scientists approach the hunt for water (and life) on real exoplanets in our Galaxy. Check out this revealing show and learn more about astrobiology at astrobiology.nasa.gov.
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Life on Other Planets?
Is extraterrestrial life possible? What could it be like? Try some astrobiology by using scientific evidence to imagine a lifeform that could live on a real exoplanet. Try imagining your own aliens at home with the Free Spore Creature Creator.
Tickets are $4 per person, and are sold at the Visitor Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone must have their own ticket. Members' Planetarium passes must be exchanged at the Visitor Services Desk for that day's tickets.
Our experienced educators have teamed up with space scientists at UC Berkeley, NASA, and beyond to create a variety of exciting and effective space sciences products. Check out a few highlights below and view the full list here.
View the stars and more after-hours from the Plaza of the Hall.
Make and use your own Uncle Al's Hands-On Universe Star Wheels have a working star map for anytime of night, any month.