Palomar College Planetarium

Palomar College Planetarium The Planetarium at Palomar College serves the students of the college and the general public. Information about weekly shows and events will be shared on Facebook.

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. The theater seats 142 people. We are open to the public with shows offered each Friday to all who come.

Mission: Astronomy Education and Entertainment.

Operating as usual

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
NOAA Satellite and Information Service

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 winter solstice!
To celebrate, we collected an image per day (visible - band 1) over the last year from GOES East, taken at 1200 UTC, and looped them together.
You can really see how the seasons change from equinox to solstice due to the Earth's 23.5° tilt.

Palomar College Planetarium
12/19/2019

Palomar College Planetarium

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

11/10/2019
Transit of Mercury Live!

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
Don't Miss Monday's Rare Transit of Mercury - Sky & Telescope

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

Hello Facebook Family & Friends! The planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday (5/24).  Palomar College will be hosting com...
05/23/2019

Hello Facebook Family & Friends! The planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday (5/24). Palomar College will be hosting commencement activities on campus that will conflict with our regularly scheduled shows. We will re-open on Friday May 31st. We hope to see you then!

05/14/2019
Did You Know - The Moon

Check this out! Assistant Planetarium Director, Scott Kardel, shares a quick fact about our Moon in the inaugural "Did You Know?" series episode from KOCT.
https://youtu.be/TwwY2O-iBmc

Did You Know - The Moon Scott Cardell, a professor from Palomar College, sheds some light on the moon on this episode of Did You Know.

We had a packed house last evening as Caltech's Mansi Kasliwal explained the work that she and her international researc...
05/13/2019

We had a packed house last evening as Caltech's Mansi Kasliwal explained the work that she and her international research team are doing at Palomar Observatory to understand the collision and mergers of neutron stars.

Hello Facebook friends, family, and followers!  The Planetarium will be closed on Friday May 3rd for a private Palomar C...
05/02/2019

Hello Facebook friends, family, and followers! The Planetarium will be closed on Friday May 3rd for a private Palomar College function. We will be open again as usual on Friday May 10th. We hope to see you then!

Hello Facebook family and followers!  Just a reminder that the planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday 3/29.  Palomar Col...
03/28/2019

Hello Facebook family and followers! Just a reminder that the planetarium will be CLOSED this Friday 3/29. Palomar College is closed for Spring Break this week. We will re-open on Friday 4/5 with our popular "The Sky Tonight" at 7pm and our terrific fulldome show "Faster Than Light" at 8:15pm. Information and tickets at www.palomar.edu/planetarium. We hope to see you there!

Spring has sprung!  Known in astronomy as the Vernal Equinox, today the Sun crosses the celestial equator as it moves th...
03/20/2019

Spring has sprung! Known in astronomy as the Vernal Equinox, today the Sun crosses the celestial equator as it moves through the constellations on its continual path, called the ecliptic. Come by the Planetarium this Friday and learn all there is to know about the spring skies in our popular "The Sky Tonight" show. Stay for our fulldome show "The Hot & Energetic Universe", and then take a look through our telescopes at the celestial objects currently in our skies! A full night of astronomy goodness awaits you at the Palomar College Planetarium. Details and tickets available at www.palomar.edu/planetarium. We hope to see you there!

03/01/2019

It may be cloudy or cool or raining in the real world, but you can still see the stars at the Planetarium! See what's special about March at our weekly presentation of "The Sky Tonight".

The Planetarium will be closed this Friday the 15th for the long Presidents Day holiday weekend (Palomar College will be...
02/14/2019

The Planetarium will be closed this Friday the 15th for the long Presidents Day holiday weekend (Palomar College will be closed). Stay dry, be safe, and we hope to see you when we re-open on Friday 2/22!

The Federal Government may still be partially shut down, but we're open!  Join us on Friday January 4th as we kick off 2...
01/04/2019

The Federal Government may still be partially shut down, but we're open! Join us on Friday January 4th as we kick off 2019 with our first public night of the year. Our popular "The Sky Tonight" show is at 7pm and our fulldome feature "From Earth to the Universe" is at 8:15pm. Tickets, information, and more is at www.palomar.edu/planetarium. We hope to see you there!

The planetarium is closed tonight but are you itching for some astronomy and looking to learn something about today's Wi...
12/21/2018

The planetarium is closed tonight but are you itching for some astronomy and looking to learn something about today's Winter Solstice? Our very own Scott Kardel will be hosting a fun and informative talk nearby at Wavelength Brewing Co. in Vista. Stop by, have a brew (or two), and say hello to Scott :)

Join us tonight as we welcome Professor Scott Kardel from the Palomar College Planetarium for a talk about the solstice, on the solstice! Starts at 8pm, cheers!
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Happy Holidays from all of us at the Planetarium!  Just a reminder that we will be closed on Friday 12/21 and Friday 12/...
12/19/2018

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Planetarium! Just a reminder that we will be closed on Friday 12/21 and Friday 12/28. We will re-open on Friday 1/4/19. Come learn about all that the winter skies have to offer by attending our popular "The Sky Tonight" show. Information and tickets at www.palomar.edu. We hope to see you then!

There was a conjunction of Mars & Neptune tonight!  This picture was taken through one of our telescopes on the patio of...
12/08/2018

There was a conjunction of Mars & Neptune tonight! This picture was taken through one of our telescopes on the patio of the planetarium. Whenever possible we incorporate events like this as part of our Friday evening public nights. Come on by next time and take a look. Telescope viewing on the patio is always free (weather permitting) :)

12/07/2018

The rain is done for now, and the Planetarium will be open as usual for the next two Friday evenings. We've got meteor showers, a comet, and a rocket launch that should be visible from our patio, not to mention the usual Winter delights. The "Sky Tonight" starts at 7:00 pm and is only $6.00 for adults. $4.00 for seniors, children between 6 and 12, and students.

The planetarium gift shop will be open Friday 12/7 & 12/14 for astronomy related holiday gift shopping.  We have a varie...
12/07/2018

The planetarium gift shop will be open Friday 12/7 & 12/14 for astronomy related holiday gift shopping. We have a variety of gifts to choose from for your loved ones interested in space and science! Many items are perfect for stocking stuffers and all purchases help fund planetarium outreach. Over the next two Fridays, we will have all space themed puzzles 25% off and all books 20% off. The gift shop opens at 6:15pm and closes at 9pm. Remember, no tickets are required to visit the gift shop... we are located in the lobby of the planetarium. We hope to see you there!

We are thankful for YOU, our patrons!  We are thankful for our wonderful staff who bring you our presentations each week...
11/21/2018

We are thankful for YOU, our patrons! We are thankful for our wonderful staff who bring you our presentations each week. Just a reminder that the planetarium will be closed this Friday so our staff can be with family and friends over the holiday weekend. We will re-open on Friday 11/30 with our weekly "The Sky Tonight" show and fulldome feature "Faster Than Light". We hope to see you there! Information at www.palomar.edu/planetarium

The planetarium will be CLOSED on Friday 8/31 in observance of Labor Day weekend.  Our staff works hard to bring you the...
08/31/2018

The planetarium will be CLOSED on Friday 8/31 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 7th :)

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