Planetarium Show

A visit to the UCLA Planetarium has three parts: a current night-sky show, a special topic presentation, and (weather permitting) a telescope viewing. The content of the night-sky show will vary by presenter, but will generally cover the currently visible stars, constellations, planets, and other astronomical phenomena. The night-sky show lasts 30-40 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

The special topic presentation is a 15-25 minute slide or video presentation about a specific area of astronomy, and is shown in the planetarium immediately preceding/following the night-sky show. Special topic presentations are designed to be interesting and meaningful for anyone who comes to our planetarium. A different topic is offered at each week's public show. New presentations are constantly being developed; click here for a complete list of current special topic presentations.

On clear nights, we offer telescope viewing after our public planetarium shows. UCLA undergraduate astronomers will point you towards some of the fascinating objects we can see from Los Angeles, such as planets, binary stars, nebulae, globular clusters, and more!

The Planetarium Sky

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projector against sky
Star projector silhouetted against "twilight"
stars and milky way
Projector, stars, and the Milky Way