Palomar College Planetarium

Palomar College Planetarium The Planetarium at Palomar College serves the students of the college and the general public. Infor The theater seats 142 people.

Palomar College Planetarium is a venue for astronomy education for the students of Palomar College and the general public. The venue houses a 50-foot domed theater that uses full-dome technology to display vivid images of astronomically related scenes along with a re-creation of the night sky. The projection technology is an Evans & Southerland Digistar 4 projection system onto a Astrotec dome. We are open to the public with shows offered each Friday to all who come.

The Palomar College Planetarium will be closed tonight, Friday September 1st. We will re-open on Friday, September 8th. ...
09/01/2023

The Palomar College Planetarium will be closed tonight, Friday September 1st. We will re-open on Friday, September 8th. We hope to see you then!

THE PLANETARIUM IS CLOSED TONIGHT - FRIDAY 8/25/23Due to a partial campus power outage that affects the planetarium, we ...
08/25/2023

THE PLANETARIUM IS CLOSED TONIGHT - FRIDAY 8/25/23

Due to a partial campus power outage that affects the planetarium, we are forced to cancel the planetarium shows scheduled for tonight. If you previously purchased tickets for tonight's shows, we will refund your tickets starting on Monday 8/28 (the next banking business day). Please allow a few days for the refunds to be processed.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience!

THE PLANETARIUM IS CLOSED TONIGHT - FRIDAY 2/24Due to a partial campus power outage that affects the planetarium, we are...
02/25/2023

THE PLANETARIUM IS CLOSED TONIGHT - FRIDAY 2/24

Due to a partial campus power outage that affects the planetarium, we are forced to cancel the planetarium shows scheduled for tonight. If you previously purchased tickets for tonight's shows, we will refund your tickets starting on Monday 2/27 (the next banking business day). Please allow a few days for the refunds to be processed.

We are truly sorry for the inconvenience!

Hello Facebook Followers!  Just a reminder that the planetarium will re-open this Friday (January 6th) as we resume our ...
01/04/2023

Hello Facebook Followers! Just a reminder that the planetarium will re-open this Friday (January 6th) as we resume our regular schedule of shows. Our 7pm show is 'The Sky Tonight' and our fulldome feature this week is 'EXO: Are We Alone?' Tickets can be purchased in advance through our website. Additional information about the shows, parking, and maps is also available: www.palomar.edu/planetarium

We hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays from the staff at the Planetarium!  Winter is officially here and we wish you all peace and joy during th...
12/23/2022

Happy Holidays from the staff at the Planetarium! Winter is officially here and we wish you all peace and joy during this festive season.

Remember - the planetarium will be CLOSED until Friday January 6th, 2023. We hope to see you in the new year!

Hello Facebook Friends & Family!  Our last public night for 2022 is tomorrow (12/16).  After that we will be closed unti...
12/16/2022

Hello Facebook Friends & Family! Our last public night for 2022 is tomorrow (12/16). After that we will be closed until the first Friday in January. If you would like to come by and learn about the winter skies and peek through our telescopes, tickets are still available for both The Sky Tonight (7pm) and our fulldome show "Moons: Worlds of Mystery" (8:15pm). Information and online tickets can be found at:
https://www.palomar.edu/planetarium/public-shows/

We hope to see you soon!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the faculty and staff at the planetarium!  Just a reminder that the planetarium will...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the faculty and staff at the planetarium! Just a reminder that the planetarium will be CLOSED tomorrow (11/25) as we observe the holiday weekend. We will reopen on Friday 12/2. We hope to see you then :)

Just a reminder that Palomar College and the Planetarium will be closed this Friday in observance of the Veterans Day ho...
11/09/2022

Just a reminder that Palomar College and the Planetarium will be closed this Friday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Our next show will be on Friday, November 18th. Ticket and show information can be found at: www.palomar.edu/planetarium

Lunar Eclipse Alert!  A total lunar eclipse will occur in the pre-dawn hours tomorrow morning.  This type of eclipse is ...
11/07/2022

Lunar Eclipse Alert! A total lunar eclipse will occur in the pre-dawn hours tomorrow morning. This type of eclipse is when the Full Moon passes through the shadow cast by the Earth. Eclipses like this, although not exceptionally rare, are a beautiful sight to see but unfortunately, the forecast is for rain tonight and into tomorrow. However, if you want to take a chance, set your alarm clock and peek outside to see if the clouds have parted enough to see the eclipse. If you miss this one, don't worry, the next one will be in March 2025!

NOTE: Due to early hour and poor weather prediction, we are NOT hosting an event to view this eclipse from the planetarium.

Hello Facebook Friends!  Are you waiting for a sign to come visit the planetarium?  Well, the double rainbow this mornin...
11/03/2022

Hello Facebook Friends! Are you waiting for a sign to come visit the planetarium? Well, the double rainbow this morning is calling you! We still have tickets available for both shows tomorrow. "The Sky Tonight" is our live guided tour of the current night sky and our fulldome feature this week is our popular "Moons: Worlds of Mystery". More information and online tickets are available at: www.palomar.edu/planetarium

We hope to see you soon!

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Hello Facebook Family!  Just a reminder that the Planetarium is now open for business and ready for your next visit.  To...
09/22/2022

Hello Facebook Family! Just a reminder that the Planetarium is now open for business and ready for your next visit. Tomorrow we debut our new fulldome show: 'Voyager: The Never Ending Journey'. This show takes a look at the history of the Voyager mission, the discoveries made by the most successful mission ever, and what the future holds for these still operational spacecraft. Click on the trailer below for a preview. Each Friday we offer our popular 'The Sky Tonight' at 7pm, and our fulldome feature at 8:15pm. Telescope viewing on the patio is always free! Information and advance ticket sales can be found at https://www.palomar.edu/planetarium/public-shows/

We hope to see you there!

The movie tells a thrilling story of the most remarkable space mission in human history. In 1977 two space probes were launched to explore the farthest plane...

Tonight is the night!  Tickets are still available :)
09/16/2022

Tonight is the night! Tickets are still available :)

The college’s 142-seat Planetarium is open after two and a half years of temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and system improvements. SAN MARCOS — The last time anyone watched a simulation of the night sky inside the Palomar College Planetarium was March 13, 2020, days before the worl...

We are ready to RE-OPEN! We are now a Digistar 7 theater with some exciting new capabilities to share with you. Our firs...
09/09/2022

We are ready to RE-OPEN! We are now a Digistar 7 theater with some exciting new capabilities to share with you. Our first public shows in more than 2 1/2 years will be on Friday September 16th and we will return to our usual Friday lineup with "The Sky Tonight" at 7:00pm and a Fulldome show at 8:15pm. We have two new fulldome shows added to a couple of favorites.

Tickets and information at https://www.palomar.edu/planetarium/public-shows/

We hope to see you soon!

We miss you! … its been so long.  We’ve been working hard to reopen and bring some exciting new changes to the planetari...
08/27/2022

We miss you! … its been so long. We’ve been working hard to reopen and bring some exciting new changes to the planetarium. Details will be posted soon. Stay Tuned!

Hello Facebook Friends!  The planetarium remains closed while we work to reopen (expected sometime early summer), but we...
05/13/2022

Hello Facebook Friends! The planetarium remains closed while we work to reopen (expected sometime early summer), but we wanted to let you know that a total lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday 5/15. From our location on the west coast, the eclipse will already be underway at moonrise (around 7:41pm) but for the next 3 hours you can watch the Moon dive deeper into the Earth’s shadow, spend more than an hour crossing the shadow, and then exit the shadow. You can witness this from your own backyard, no special equipment necessary (but a pair of binoculars will give you some interesting detail). So far, the weather is expected to be good and we hope you will spend some time outside watching the show on Sunday!

The Palomar College Planetarium is still closed, but there will be a nearly total lunar eclipse starting late Thursday n...
11/18/2021

The Palomar College Planetarium is still closed, but there will be a nearly total lunar eclipse starting late Thursday night November 18 going into early Friday morning. The best time to view it is just after 1 am Friday morning, but the dark part of Earth's shadow can be seen on the face of the Moon from 11:18 pm Thursday until 2:47 am Friday.

05/23/2021

The Palomar College Planetarium is still closed, but the cosmos is offering up a total lunar eclipse early in the morning of Wednesday, May 26th. Check out the video for the details.

The Palomar College Planetarium remains closed due to the on-going pandemic, but we celebrate NASA's Perseverance landin...
02/22/2021

The Palomar College Planetarium remains closed due to the on-going pandemic, but we celebrate NASA's Perseverance landing on Mars.

Be sure to check out this amazing video of the landing.
https://youtu.be/4czjS9h4Fpg

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured thrilling footage of its rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. The real footage in this vide...

Hello Planetarium Facebook Friends!  We have exciting news to share about the astronomy program at Palomar College.  A f...
09/17/2020

Hello Planetarium Facebook Friends! We have exciting news to share about the astronomy program at Palomar College. A few weeks ago we received a wonderful donation of a 24-inch telescope from our friends at Palomar Observatory. You can read more about it in the article linked below. This exciting opportunity will need significant financial support from the community to make it a reality someday. Look for future announcements about how you can help this telescope see the light of stars again! For now, the planetarium is still closed for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic. As always, we will update you with any news related to a future reopening.
https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/news/a-stellar-donation-telescope-will-open-new-horizons-for-astronomy-students/

Palomar College took delivery of a 24-inch telescope donated by the Palomar Observatory in late August. SAN MARCOS — The call came in late 2019: The storied Palomar Observatory was getting rid of an auxiliary telescope with a 24 inch mirror; would Palomar College be interested in bringing it to ca...

05/11/2020
Hello Facebook Family & Friends!  Even though the planetarium is closed and we are sheltering in place at home, we encou...
04/02/2020

Hello Facebook Family & Friends! Even though the planetarium is closed and we are sheltering in place at home, we encourage you to head outside (perhaps in your backyard) and look to the skies! Over the next couple of days the planet Venus will be passing through the Pleiades star cluster. While there is no real scientific significance to the passage, it should look really cool! During the passage, Venus will be about 59 million miles from Earth while the stars in the Pleiades cluster will be around 400 light-years away (2,360,000,000,000,000 miles). Friday, April 3rd will be the best alignment, but as you can see in the picture, the next three days will provide interesting views. Stay safe, and be well :)

Hello Facebook friends and family.  The planetarium is CLOSED to the public in support of the efforts to contain the spr...
03/14/2020

Hello Facebook friends and family. The planetarium is CLOSED to the public in support of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. At this point we are not sure when we will re-open but we will share with you all updates here on Facebook and on our official website www.palomar.edu/planetarium. We hope to see you all again once we get through this but for now, stay safe out there and keep looking to the stars!

Hello Facebook Friends!  The planetarium will be OPEN as usual tonight, Friday March 13th.  We will be closed to the pub...
03/13/2020

Hello Facebook Friends! The planetarium will be OPEN as usual tonight, Friday March 13th. We will be closed to the public starting on Friday March 20th. We hope to see you tonight! Tickets, parking instructions, etc. can be found at www.palomar.edu/planetarium

Hello Facebook Friends!  The Planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday February 14th for Presidents Day Weekend (Palomar Co...
02/12/2020

Hello Facebook Friends! The Planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday February 14th for Presidents Day Weekend (Palomar College campus will be closed for the long weekend). We will re-open on Friday February 21st. We hope to see you then!
Visit our website for details about shows, tickets, directions, and maps: www.palomar.edu/planetarium

The supergiant star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion has been making news lately. Find out what's going on with ...
01/03/2020

The supergiant star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion has been making news lately. Find out what's going on with this star in our first planetarium show of the new year Friday, January 3rd. Show and ticket information are at the link: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/planetarium/public-shows/

12/21/2019

Happy Winter Solstice! Tonight, at 8:19pm local time, we will officially enter the season of winter. At that moment, the Earth will be tilted 23.5 degrees away from the Sun. It is also the time of year for the longest night and shortest day. This wonderful video from our friends at NOAA demonstrate this phenomenon in a way like no other! A reminder that the planetarium will be closed on Friday December 27th but will re-open on Friday January 3rd.

Happy Holidays!  We are closed for the next two Fridays.  We will re-open on January 3rd.  We hope to see you then :)www...
12/19/2019

Happy Holidays! We are closed for the next two Fridays. We will re-open on January 3rd. We hope to see you then :)
www.palomar.edu/planetarium

From all of us at the planetarium, we wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to you, your friends, and loved ones. Just a remind...
11/27/2019

From all of us at the planetarium, we wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to you, your friends, and loved ones. Just a reminder that the planetarium will be closed on Friday 11/29. We will re-open on Friday 12/6. We hope to see you then!
www.palomar.edu/planetarium

Hello Facebook family & friends!  The temperature is dropping, the nights are growing longer, and the holidays are just ...
11/13/2019

Hello Facebook family & friends! The temperature is dropping, the nights are growing longer, and the holidays are just around the corner. Winter skies have some of the best objects to see and we encourage you to come by to learn more :) We also wanted to share our winter holiday schedule so you can plan your visit accordingly! We will be closed as usual for Black Friday, Christmas, and New Years, but we are open in-between. We hope to see you at the planetarium!
www.palomar.edu/planetarium

While the planetarium is closed for tomorrow's transit of Mercury, you can watch it online. It starts at 4:35 am PST (we...
11/10/2019

While the planetarium is closed for tomorrow's transit of Mercury, you can watch it online. It starts at 4:35 am PST (well before the Sun rises in California). You can find a livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fzcmd_KQpEw

Join us on Monday, November 11th, starting at 4:30 AM PM PST | 7:30 AM EST | 12:30UTC to watch the spectacular Transit of Mercury! Slooh will train its highl...

On Monday November 11th, Mercury will pass in front of the Sun!  The phenomenon is called a "transit" and is a fairly ra...
11/06/2019

On Monday November 11th, Mercury will pass in front of the Sun! The phenomenon is called a "transit" and is a fairly rare event that won't occur again until 2032. This article from Sky & Telescope describes it with excellent detail. The transit occurs during sunrise and lasts for a few hours after sunrise. Keep in mind that a telescope and proper sun filter is needed to see the transit. NOTE: The planetarium will NOT be open for this event - Monday is the Veterans Day holiday and Palomar College will be closed. But, if you come to this Friday's presentation of "The Sky Tonight", we will tell you all about it! We hope to see you then.

Are you ready for Monday's transit of Mercury across the disk of the Sun? Read on for observing tips, or how to watch the transit in case of cloudy weather.

Hello Facebook Friends and Family!  The planetarium will be closed this Friday November 1st.  With the time change this ...
10/31/2019

Hello Facebook Friends and Family! The planetarium will be closed this Friday November 1st. With the time change this weekend, we will be busy turning the Universe back one hour so that we can re-open on Friday November 8th for our regularly schedule public night! We hope to see you then :)
Ticket and show information can be found at www.palomar.edu/planetarium

Did you hear? 20 new moons of Saturn have been discovered, bringing its total up to 82! Learn all about them at tomorrow...
10/10/2019

Did you hear? 20 new moons of Saturn have been discovered, bringing its total up to 82! Learn all about them at tomorrow night's The Sky Tonight show at the Palomar College Planetarium. Show and ticket information is here: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/planetarium/public-shows/

The planetarium will be CLOSED on Friday 8/30 in observance of Labor Day weekend. Our staff works hard to bring you the ...
08/29/2019

The planetarium will be CLOSED on Friday 8/30 in observance of Labor Day weekend. Our staff works hard to bring you the Universe each week and so we decided they needed a night off! We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. And we hope to see you when we re-open on Friday September 6th :)

Happy Independence Day. The planetarium supports the idea of Stars and Stripes Forever, but not tomorrow as the planetar...
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day. The planetarium supports the idea of Stars and Stripes Forever, but not tomorrow as the planetarium will be closed on Friday, July 5th. We'll be back on Friday, July 12th. Check the link for show and ticket information. https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/planetarium/public-shows/

Tomorrow's total solar eclipse is not visible from Southern California, but it should be visible online. Check out this ...
07/01/2019

Tomorrow's total solar eclipse is not visible from Southern California, but it should be visible online. Check out this great site for streaming the total solar eclipse from Chile: https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

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Hello Facebook Friends! The planetarium remains closed while we work to reopen (expected sometime early summer), but we wanted to let you know that a total lunar eclipse will occur on Sunday 5/15. From our location on the west coast, the eclipse will already be underway at moonrise (around 7:41pm) but for the next 3 hours you can watch the Moon dive deeper into the Earth’s shadow, spend more than an hour crossing the shadow, and then exit the shadow. You can witness this from your own backyard, no special equipment necessary (but a pair of binoculars will give you some interesting detail). So far, the weather is expected to be good and we hope you will spend some time outside watching the show on Sunday!
The Palomar College Planetarium is still closed, but there will be a nearly total lunar eclipse starting late Thursday night November 18 going into early Friday morning. The best time to view it is just after 1 am Friday morning, but the dark part of Earth's shadow can be seen on the face of the Moon from 11:18 pm Thursday until 2:47 am Friday.
The Palomar College Planetarium is still closed, but the cosmos is offering up a total lunar eclipse early in the morning of Wednesday, May 26th. Check out the video for the details.
The Palomar College Planetarium remains closed due to the on-going pandemic, but we celebrate NASA's Perseverance landing on Mars.

Be sure to check out this amazing video of the landing.
https://youtu.be/4czjS9h4Fpg
Hello Planetarium Facebook Friends! We have exciting news to share about the astronomy program at Palomar College. A few weeks ago we received a wonderful donation of a 24-inch telescope from our friends at Palomar Observatory. You can read more about it in the article linked below. This exciting opportunity will need significant financial support from the community to make it a reality someday. Look for future announcements about how you can help this telescope see the light of stars again! For now, the planetarium is still closed for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic. As always, we will update you with any news related to a future reopening.
https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/news/a-stellar-donation-telescope-will-open-new-horizons-for-astronomy-students/
The Palomar College Planetarium remains CLOSED due to the pandemic, but there is a comet that is putting on a show that you might want to catch.

Details on how to see the comet are here: https://skyandtelescope.org/press-releases/new-bright-visitor-comet-neowise
Hello Facebook Family & Friends! Even though the planetarium is closed and we are sheltering in place at home, we encourage you to head outside (perhaps in your backyard) and look to the skies! Over the next couple of days the planet Venus will be passing through the Pleiades star cluster. While there is no real scientific significance to the passage, it should look really cool! During the passage, Venus will be about 59 million miles from Earth while the stars in the Pleiades cluster will be around 400 light-years away (2,360,000,000,000,000 miles). Friday, April 3rd will be the best alignment, but as you can see in the picture, the next three days will provide interesting views. Stay safe, and be well :)
Hello Facebook friends and family. The planetarium is CLOSED to the public in support of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. At this point we are not sure when we will re-open but we will share with you all updates here on Facebook and on our official website www.palomar.edu/planetarium. We hope to see you all again once we get through this but for now, stay safe out there and keep looking to the stars!
Hello Facebook Friends! The planetarium will be OPEN as usual tonight, Friday March 13th. We will be closed to the public starting on Friday March 20th. We hope to see you tonight! Tickets, parking instructions, etc. can be found at www.palomar.edu/planetarium
Hello Facebook Friends! The Planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday February 14th for Presidents Day Weekend (Palomar College campus will be closed for the long weekend). We will re-open on Friday February 21st. We hope to see you then!
Visit our website for details about shows, tickets, directions, and maps: www.palomar.edu/planetarium
The supergiant star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion has been making news lately. Find out what's going on with this star in our first planetarium show of the new year Friday, January 3rd. Show and ticket information are at the link: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/planetarium/public-shows/
Happy Winter Solstice! Tonight, at 8:19pm local time, we will officially enter the season of winter. At that moment, the Earth will be tilted 23.5 degrees away from the Sun. It is also the time of year for the longest night and shortest day. This wonderful video from our friends at NOAA demonstrate this phenomenon in a way like no other! A reminder that the planetarium will be closed on Friday December 27th but will re-open on Friday January 3rd.