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Hartnell College Planetarium Public Programs

Friday Public Star Shows for Spring 2014

(Schedule for Fall 2014 will be posted soon. New season starts on Friday, September 5th)

Start your weekend out by taking in a star show at Hartnell College's J. Frederic Ching Planetarium.
Enjoy exciting full dome immersive imagery and the relaxing sight of a starry night sky as produced by
the Konica Minolta Mediaglobe. Our programs will inform and entertain curious minds.
Doors open 15 minutes before show time. Be sure to arrive early for the best seats. NO LATE SEATING

Friday Kids Shows at 5:30 serve up family friendly programming geared for PreK through third grade.
Admission for Friday Kids Shows is $5 for all seats. Children 3 and under are admitted free.

Our Friday Evening Programs at 7pm are geared more for general audiences.
The cost for Friday Evening Shows is $6 for General Admission, $4 for Students, Seniors, and Military

Please call the Planetarium Hotline at 770-6161
to make reservations and for further information.
Pay at the door with cash or check only.


January 31, February 14, 21 and 28 (No Programs on February 7)

Kids Show (5:30pm) - "Legends of the Night Sky: Orion"

As the constellation Orion dominates the winter night sky, learn about the
mythical story of the mighty hunter. Told in classic cartoon style,
learn about Orion's love for the mooon goddess Diana and see him battle the scorpion.

Friday Evening Program (7:00pm) - "Natural Selection"

This beautiful fulldome program expands the scope of typical planetariums shows.
"Natural Selection" introduces audiences to the ideas of English naturalist Charles Darwin.
Experience the thrill of scientific discovery with Darwin and go on an adventurous voyage
aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, exploring the beauty of nature on the Galapagos Islands.
The show features striking imagery of natural scenery and creatures from the ocean to the land.
Recommended for mature 4th graders and up.
Produced by Mirage 3D.


March 7, 14, 21, and 28

Kids Show (5:30pm) - "Don't Duck, Look Up!"

This program portrays the animals on the farm as they, with help from the audience,
teach a young duckling about what to look for in both the daytime and nighttime sky.
The show is a fun and very gentle introduction to the planetarium environment.

Friday Evening Program (7:00pm) - "Tales of the Maya Skies"

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Chichén Itzá, Mexico, the seventh wonder of the modern world.
Listen to the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies.
With unprecedented realism Tales of the Maya Skies immerses us in Maya science, art,
and mythology, using fulldome digital technology to transport us back into the world
of the Maya. "Tales of the Maya Skies" inspires and educates through its description of
the Maya’s accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the Universe.
Produced by Chabot Science and Space Center


April 4, 11, and 25 (No programs on 4/18)

Kids Show (5:30pm) - "Larry Cat in Space"

This classic program follows a cat determined to reunite with his owner.
He has a long way to go though since she is living and working on the moon!

Friday Evening Program (7:00pm) - "Origins of Life"

Follow the compelling story of life in the universe, from the inception
of the first life forms on Earth, through the mass extinctions and onward.
As humans search for evidence of living organisms beyond Earth, you'll gain
an appreciation for the abundant and diverse biology of our planet.
Produced by Mirage 3D


May 2, 9, 16 and 23

Kids Show (5:30pm) - "Wilbear's Adventure"

Wilbear the teddy bear wants to fly. Learn about the Wright Brothers,
the history of human flight and find out if Wilbear gets his wish.

Friday Evening Program (7:00pm) - "Dark"

Join us for our newest program! One of the most puzzling scientific
mysteries of our time is dark matter. Objects we see, like stars and planets, make up
monly 20% of the mass of the universe. Learn about how radio astronomy is used to
study dark matter and explore the history of our universe with beautiful visualizations.
Produced by The University of Western Australia


School Shows

Teachers, expand your students’ learning experience with
a field trip to our planetarium. Our star theater has
comfortable seating for 45 people, with an absolute maximum
capacity of 60, including chaperones. You must arrange
additional showings to accommodate groups larger than 60.

We offer age appropriate programming for all grade levels,
from pre-schoolers on up. A sky tour by a live presenter
supplements information in entertaining and informative
prerecorded shows. Custom presentations and additional
activities can be added with prior arrangement. See our
web site for a list of programming options.

School Programs are available at 9:45am, 11am and 12:30pm
on most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from
January 22nd through May 29th.

Check for available dates and times online at:
Other slots may be made available by special request.
Show reservations may be made by calling 831 755-6913.

Cost for our school program is as follows:
$120 for 60 minutes (Pre-school and Kintergarten)
$135 for 90 minutes (Grades 1 – 3)
$135 for 90 minutes (Grades 4 and up)

Rent the Stars
The planetarium is available one Saturday each month for
party rentals. Our basic 2 hour party package includes
an hour-long planetarium program and the additional use of
a reception room for food and refreshments, all for $225.

Children’s parties are limited to no more than 25 guests,
and there must be active adult supervision at the rate of
one assigned adult for every 5 children.

Take advantage of this unique venue for your next party, meeting,
or special event.

Available Saturday dates for
fall are 9/13, 10/11, 11/8 and 12/13.

Longer rentals, custom presentations and other dates may be possible
for an additional charge. Please call to make arrangements
as far in advance as possible.

Contact Planetarium Educator Andy Kreyche at 831 755-6913 for more details.