Public Shows

The Planetarium will be closed on Friday, November 23, 2018, and will reopen on Friday, November 30, 2018.

The Palomar College Planetarium is open to the public on Friday evenings. After the show guests are invited to join us on the planetarium patio for free viewing through our telescopes (weather permitting).

Important Notes!

  • Each show is sold separately.  You may purchase tickets for one or both shows.
  • The shows start on schedule - late seating is not allowed!
  • Seating is not assigned and is open to first come, first served. Arrive early to get the seats you want.
  • Seating is limited to 142 visitors.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the planetarium theater.
  • Due to the darkened environment and safety concerns, children under the age of 5 years old are not allowed in the Planetarium shows.
  • All Planetarium shows are indoors and are unaffected by bad weather.  The shows go on as planned - rain or shine!
  • All ticket sales are final.  No refunds are given for late arrivals or no-shows.

Schedule of Events

6:15 pmLobby opens - box office opens - gift shop opens
6:30 pmDoors to the theater open - seating begins
7:00 - 8:00 pm"The Sky Tonight" Presentation
8:15 - 9:00 pmFulldome Presentation (see schedule below)
6:15 - 9:30 pmTelescope Viewing on Patio (weather permitting)

Fulldome Presentation Schedule

Friday, December 14thMoons: Worlds of MysteryPurchase Tickets
Friday, December 21stCLOSEDCLOSED
Friday, December 28thCLOSEDCLOSED
Friday, January 4thFrom Earth to the UniversePurchase Tickets
Friday, January 11thFaster Than LightPurchase Tickets
Friday, January 18thThe Hot & Energetic UniversePurchase Tickets
Friday, January 25thMoons: Worlds of MysteryPurchase Tickets

Ticket Prices

(Each show is sold separately.)

The Sky Tonight

Purchase Tickets
General Admission (ages 13 and older) $6.00
Palomar College staff/students (with valid I.D.)$4.00
Children (ages 5 - 12)
Children under 5 are not allowed.
$4.00
Senior (55 and older) $4.00
Military (with valid I.D.) $4.00

Fulldome Show

Purchase Tickets
General Admission (ages 13 and older) $6.00
Palomar College staff/students (with valid I.D.)$4.00
Children (ages 5 - 12)
Children under 5 are not allowed
$4.00
Senior (55 and older) $4.00
Military (with valid I.D.) $4.00
We accept cash, check, debit, and all major credit cards. Tickets are sold in advance online. Remaining tickets are sold at the box office on the night of the show.

Now Playing at the Planetarium

Fulldome Feature Shows

The unique nature of our fulldome digital theater allows us to present feature shows that will use the entire dome creating an immersive experience. Audiences will be taken on astronomical journeys that will make them feel like they are part of the show. Presentations will vary - details of the current show are described at the top of this page. Shows are appropriate for all ages 5 & up.

The Sky Tonight

The Sky TonightThis live narrated show uses the Digistar 5 to highlight the prominent celestial objects that are visible from San Diego skies. The Moon, planets, and many of the constellation patterns and their mythology will be discussed as the audience is taken on a tour of the current night sky. Other timely celestial events and astronomical news items will be included and discussed as they occur throughout the year.

This show is appropriate for all ages 5 & up.