Public planetarium shows (free and suitable for all ages) are given by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students. Content varies with presenters, but commonly includes discussion about the current night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more!

Free private shows for educational groups are also available (click for details).

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Wednesday Evening Public Shows:


Planetarium Show - 8:00 PM


Telescope Viewing - No viewing during the summer unless noted on schedule.

Public shows are FREE. No tickets or reservations required.

No late arrivals! Planetarium shows start at 8:00 PM during DST (7:00 PM otherwise) & last 45-60 minutes (rain or shine). Late arrivals will not be admitted.

To visitors who came out for this past week's show: We would like to apologize for the mix-up and last minute cancellation of the planetarium show. We are truly sorry that many of you came expecting a show, but had to leave without one. We strive to bring the joy and wonder of astronomy to the community in and around UCLA, and are working hard to ensure that this situation does not happen again. We hope that you can make it out to another show in the future.

In light of this missed show, we have added the show on Wednesday, Sept. 24 back onto the schedule.

Upcoming Planetarium Shows

Date Time Special Topic
September 24th 8:00 PM TBA
October 1st 8:00 PM TBA
October 8st 8:00 PM TBA

During the fall, winter, and spring quarters of the UCLA Academic Calendar, shows are every Wednesday night. We also host summer shows on most Wednesday nights.

On clear nights visitors are invited to look through one of the department telescopes after the planetarium show. We view a variety of celestial objects, including planets, nebulae, and/or star clusters (depending on what objects are currently in the sky).

Telescope domes on the 9th floor.
Telescope domes (photo by Laurie Liles)
(Click to view larger image)

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Email us at:
planet [at] astro.ucla.edu

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@AstroLiveatUCLA

Website designed by Tuan Do and Emily Rice; maintained by Tom Esposito, Emily Martin, and Ryan Sanders. Some content adapted from the previous planetarium website by Seth Hornstein and Matthew Barczys.