Saturday Shows - April 20 (Closed on April 13)

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Birth of Planet Earth

1:00

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Recommended ages: 8 and up

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

2:00

Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street in Big Bird's Adventure: One World, One Sky. Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo, and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon.

Recommended ages: 3-6

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Explore

 3:00

 

The sky has been an object of fascination for as long as humans have walked the earth. The movements of the spheres are ingrained in every culture on earth and have created mythologies, superstitions, and legends many people still recognize. Today we turn our scientific tools toward the heavens to get a new perspective of the universe and our place in it. Take a journey through time, from the most ancient astrologers, to the future of manned exploration of the solar system and see how our view of the cosmos has grown and evolved.

Recommended ages: 10 and up

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Skywatchers

 4:00

Join one of our planetarium experts on a live guided tour of the stories, sights, and other wonders in the night sky. The constellations, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies found overhead have been part of human consciousness for millennia, and today we have the knowledge and technology to explore all of them in great detail. 

Stick around after the show for a live Q&A with our presenter! This show is updated bi-weekly!

Recommended Ages: 10 and up

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Parking Fee

Parking on-campus is $5 Monday-Friday 24 hours/day and is run by Passport Parking. The fee can be paid for via the parking kiosk on campus (the P on the map near the library), through their phone app or website. The parking permit is linked to your car's license plate number. Be aware that this is a digital parking pass, so no physical ticket will print from the Kiosk, even though the kiosk will say it will print a ticket. Parking is FREE on Saturdays and Sundays.

**Note: Parking was free prior to fall 2023 due to COVID, this new policy will be strictly enforced. 

Public Star Shows!

Public programs are a cornerstone of the Planetarium's mission. Regular showings are offered on weekends so anyone can come enjoy a rotating schedule of breathtaking full-dome experiences.

For all public shows, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled show begins. There will be no late admittance due to safety concerns.

We advise against bringing children younger than 5 years old to planetarium programs. The planetarium theater gets very dark and the visuals can be alarming to young children. However, bringing young children for One World, One Sky Big Bird's Adventure is strongly encouraged!

All programs are approximately 45 minutes long.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

**The Planetarium adheres to a strict No Late Admittance policy. Once the doors have closed, the show is underway and must not be interrupted due to safety concerns.**


STEM Explorers

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Rover 2-Day Camp - April 20 & 21, 8:45am-12pm

Unleash your child's creativity and engineering prowess as they embark on an exciting journey of building rovers from scratch with LEGOS in our thrilling robotics competition. Watch their imaginations come to life as they design, construct, code, and compete with their own robotic creations! This is a 2-day camp from 9am-noon on April 20 and 21. 

Check-in begins at 8:45

Open to children grades 7-12

Participation fee: $30

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Small Group Field Trip

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NONE IN APRIL

LAZERDOME

Tuesday, April 2

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Movie Magic

Laser Movie Magic brings favorite songs from popular family films and reimagines them using vibrant laser light. Experience favorite hits in an entirely new way. Laser Movie Magic pulls from the soundtracks of The Lion King, Star Wars, Encanto, Frozen, Moana and many more.

GET TICKETS 6:00 PM

Tuesday, April 23

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Movie Magic

Laser Movie Magic brings favorite songs from popular family films and reimagines them using vibrant laser light. Experience favorite hits in an entirely new way. Laser Movie Magic pulls from the soundtracks of The Lion King, Star Wars, Encanto, Frozen, Moana and many more.

GET TICKETS 6:00 PM

Skylark Speaker Series

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Dr. Joel Zinn - April 26

High notes from the study of stellar sound waves

Stars across the Galaxy are constantly making a racket --- including our own Sun. Although we can't hear them through space, we can still detect their sound waves through asteroseismic techniques. As one of the only ways to study the insides of stars, asteroseismology has revolutionized our understanding of the inner workings of our stellar neighbors, near and far. I will discuss the most exciting discoveries from mid-century Southern California beginnings through the space-based era of the last two decades, and ranging from the controversy over the Sun's composition to magnetic fields buried in the cores of far-flung giant stars.

Reception: 6pm

Talk: 7pm, followed by a Q&A session.

* Seating is on a first come, first served basis. See reservation page for details. 

Event followed by FREE Public Telescope Star Party

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Mesmerica

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Mesmerica is a visual music journey that brings the mesmerizing music of Grammy-nominated composer and percussionist James Hood together with visually-hypnotic, 3D animated art curated from artists around the world, creating an immersive experience designed to transcend time, relax, soothe, and stimulate your mind and senses...

Please direct all questions and customer service inquiries to the Mesmerica Box Office Team. They can be contacted via boxoffice@mesmerica.com. Their Customer Service Team aims to reply within 24 hours.

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OCC Planetarium Public Shows Calendar

Support our planetarium and help us upgrade our technology and programming to deliver even more captivating experiences! With your generous donations, we can host exciting STEM events for kids, nurturing their curiosity and fostering a passion for science.