Shows run every Saturday and Sunday, plus most holidays. View the full list of open holidays.
On show days, Planetarium doors open every half hour, starting at 11:30 a.m.; the last show opens at 2:00 p.m., per the schedule below. Programs run approximately 20 to 30 minutes. In line with the hands-on science philosophy of the Hall, Planetarium shows are interactive, and feature a live presenter who leads the audience through activities. Questions and exploration are encouraged in all programs!
11:30 a.m. and 1:00 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 and 1:30 p.m. – Cosmic Colors
If we lived under a red sun, what would your blue jeans look like? What can colors tell us about the stars and the planets? The Planetarium becomes a laboratory for experimenting with colors of the rainbow. Join our show to learn how astronomers decode the mysteries of colors to explore the Universe.
12:30 and 2:00 p.m. – Searching for Other Earths
What are exoplanets, and how would you find them? What's a "transit" and how did NASA's Kepler mission use transits to discover more alien planets than ever before? Try hunting for exoplanets with some simulated data. Is another Earth out there? Come join our show to find out. Try planethunters.org to search for other Earths with real Kepler data, and visit kepler.nasa.gov for more about the mission.
Coming October 10
12:00 and 1:30 p.m. – Our Changing Moon
Do you know the difference between a waxing crescent and a waning gibbous moon? Discover the answer — and more — as we explore our sister world, the Moon. Observe and learn the reasons for the phases of our changing Moon, and gain a whole new perspective on light and shadows. Learn more about the Moon.
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – Inside the Zodiac
Peer deep into the zodiac constellations with the Kepler space telescope and the K2 Mission. Search for close planets and other cosmological discoveries in familiar constellations like Leo, Taurus, and the rest of the zodiac signs. Learn more about the Kepler K2 Mission.
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. Learn more about the Hall's role as the NASA Kepler Mission outreach and education lead.
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.