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California Planetariums

Cabrillo College Planetarium Aptos
The projector is an old Spitz A3P, upgraded in 1990 with a zenon light source. The original hard wooden chairs were taken out and replaced by the volunteer efforts of the Cabrillo Astronomy Club with padded chairs salvaged from a remodelled court room in San Jose. 1-hour planetarium shows on the solar system for community groups by arrangement

Bakersfield College Planetarium Bakersfield
The Chronos star projector produces a crisp, brilliant star field. The SciDome (black block to the right of Chronos) projects all-dome video onto the 36-foot dome.
Bakersfield College · Kern Community College District
1801 Panorama Drive · Bakersfield, CA 93305

Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science Planetarium
The William K. Holt Planetarium has developed an international reputation as leaders in the design of audience-participation planetarium programs. See the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies, and more through astronomical telescopes every first and third Saturday of each month on the plaza.

Beverly Hills High School Planetarium
241 South Voreno Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
30 foot dome - 80 seats
Spitz A4 star projector installed 1969
phone: 310-246-1914

Roth Planetarium Chico
No public shows currently.
The Roth Planetarium has a Spitz 373 projector which projects 1,000 stellar images onto the 14 ft 8 in (5 meter) dome.

Orange Coast College Planetarium Costa Mesa
Orange Coast College Planetarium
2701 Fairview Rd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92628
24 foot dome - 51 seats
Viewlex Apollo star projector installed 1973
phone: 714-432-5880

Fujitsu Planetarium. De Anza College Cupertino
The Konica Minolta Infinium S Star Projector. Number 001. " at Fujitsu Planetarium De Anza College.

College of the Redwoods Observatory Eureka
501 3rd St
In Eureka's Old Town at the corner of Third & 'F'
Eureka, CA 95501
3-dimensional planetarium experience

Fremont U.S.D. Planetarium Fremont

Discovery Center Fresno

Downing Planetarium Fresno
Downing Planetarium at California State University Fresno
Presentations open to the public on select Friday and Saturday nights. Its auditorium seats 74, and the planetarium strongly suggests reserving tickets, which the staff will hold until 10 minutes before showtime. After the presentation, guests are welcome to view the Fresno sky through one of the university's telescopes, and planetarium staff will guide viewers to the more impressive sights in the firmament. The planetarium provides free parking in campus lots O and P.

Glendale College Digital Theater & Planetarium
1500 N. Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208
30 foot dome - 48 seats
SkySkan DigitalSky II, 3D Ultra-High-Definition full dome system installed 2003

Chabot College Planetarium Hayward
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10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA
Chabot Space & Science Center ( in the Oakland Hills features 240-seat Ask Jeeves Planetarium has a 70-foot-diameter screen. and its shows feature the night sky over Oakland, with accompanying narration describing the celestial bodies overhead.

Imperial Valley College Planetarium Imperial

LOS ANGELES U.C.L.A. Planetarium Los Angeles
UCLA Planetarium
UCLA, Physics/Astronomy Div.
405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
25 seats
Goto GX-10 star projector installed 1972
The planetarium offers free shows are given by UCLA professors, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students. Suitable for all ages, the shows commonly include discussion about the current night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena and more!

LOS ANGELES Griffith Observatory
Samuel Oschin Planeterium at Griffith Observatory Los Angeles
800 E. Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
75 foot dome - 300 seats
Zeiss IX star projector
phone: 213-664-1181
taped information line: 323-664-1191

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium
5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen, CA 91401
24 foot dome - 45 seats
Spitz SciDome color computer graphic star projector installed 2005

California State University Planetarium Northridge
Donald Bianchi Planetarium
California State University
Northridge, CA 91330
40 foot dome - 105 seats
Spitz 512 star projector installed 1992
DONALD E. BIANCHI PLANETARIUM Planetarium on the CSUN campus is operated by CSUN's Department of Physics and Astronomy. the Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium provides bi-weekly star shows and other programs for the many communities of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. 100-seat star theater lies the Spitz-512 Star Projector, capable of recreating the night sky on our 40-foot dome with accuracy and brilliance.

PALMDALE S.A.G.E. Planetarium
38060 20th St. East
Palmdale, CA 93550
40 foot dome - 120 seats
Spitz 512A star projector installed 1997
The SAGE Planetarium is open, free to everyone, three times per month. Public Night with regular school shows and a Group Night in which groups large and small may come and not worry about how large of a group they bring. Both are free, however, reservations are required.

Pasadena City College Planetarium Pasadena
Pasadena City College Planetarium
1370 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
30 foot dome - 50 seats
Spitz A3P star projector installed 1964

Los Medanos College Planetarium Pittsburg

Diablo Valley College Planetarium Pleasant Hill
Located atop Mount Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose, California, UC's Lick Observatory was founded in 1888 and remains among the most productive research observatories in the world.

Brackett Obs. & Millikan Planetarium
Pomona College
610 N. College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
20 foot dome - 45 seats
Goto GEII star projector

RANCHO CUCAMONGA Daniel B. Milliken Planetarium Rancho Cucamonga
Milliken Planetarium
Chaffey College
5885 Haven Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
39 foot dome - 76 seats
Spitz A3P star projector installed 1964

Schreder Planetarium Redding

University of Redlands Planetarium Redlands

Riverside Community College Robert T. Dixon Planetarium
4800 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506
24 foot dome - 50 seats
Spitz A4 star projector installed 1976
The Planetarium recreates the night sky in all its glory & becomes a time machine for your enjoyment. Programs include a current star show with our Spitz projector. Some programs are also slide illustrated. Admission begins 30 minutes prior to show.

Sierra College Planetarium Rocklin

SACRAMENTO Planetarium
Sacramento's only public planetarium
Learn about the local night sky in Northern California's only public planetarium. Twenty-minute star shows introduce you to our celestial neighborhood.

J. Frederick Ching Planetarium Salinas

George F. Beattie Planetarium
San Bernadino Valley College
701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
33 foot dome - 62 seats
Goto GX-10 star projector installed 1979

Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center San Diego
San Diego State Univ. Planetarium San Diego
75 foot dome - 336 seats
Spitz STS star projector installed 1973
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ( combines its planetarium with an Omnimax theater, projecting multimedia astronomy presentations and IMAX films onto its 75-foot-diameter dome. The center hosts two planetarium shows on the first Wednesday evening of every month, and guests are welcome to view the stars through the center's telescopes following the presentation. Admission is limited to 250 visitors per show, and the ticket price includes admission to the center's interactive science exhibits.

City College of San Francisco Planetarium San Francisco

Morrison Planetarium San Francisco
Morrison Planetarium is in the California Academy of Sciences, ( and hosts a 75-foot screen within its 90-foot-diameter dome. The planetarium uses real-time data from NASA to produce an accurate representation of the night sky, and simulcasts live events from the space agency in addition to its regular astronomy programming. The planetarium also hosts the center's "Benjamin Dean Lectures," which feature astronomy discussions by visiting scientists geared toward the general public. The academy sells planetarium tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, and the price includes admission to the center's other exhibits, which include recreations of a Philippine coral reef and tropical rain forest.

Planetarium Institute San Francisco

Independence Planetarium San Jose

Rosicrucian Egyption Museum & Planetarium San Jose

Coastal Planetarium San Luis Obispo

Palomar College Planetarium San Marcos
The Palomar College Planetarium is the second planetarium for Palomar College. The original planetarium was built in 1965 and served the campus for 43 years. In July of 2008 it was demolished to make way for new campus construction. The new planetarium finished construction in March 2012 and is currently the 5th largest planetarium in California. It opened its doors to the public on April 20th, 2012. Theater The planetarium theater has 138 seats that sit under a 50-foot Astrotec dome. The dome has a 15 degree forward tilt and consists of 42 perforated aluminum panels held in place by an outer aluminum structure. The interior of the dome is painted with a highly reflective paint. Each seat tilts back slightly and has a folding tablet arm for student use. The theater can accommodate up to 4 wheelchairs at any one time.

College of San Mateo Planetarium San Mateo
Drescher Planetarium
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
28 foot dome - 56 seats
Evans & Sutherland Digistar II projector installed 1997

Contra Costa College Planetarium San Pablo

Tessmann Planetarium Santa Ana College
Tessmann Planetarium
Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
35 foot dome - 120 seats
Goto Chronos star projector installed 2003

Gladwin Planetarium Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum and Gladwin Planetarium
2559 Puesta del Sol Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
24 foot dome - 60 seats
Spitz A3PR star projector installed 1977

Santa Monica College Planetarium Santa Monica

Santa Rosa Junior College Planetarium Santa Rosa

West Valley College Planetarium Saratoga

George Clever Planetarium and Earth Science Center Stockton

El Camino College Planetarium Torrance
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
30 foot dome - 77 seats
Spitz A4 star projector installed 1969

Victor Valley College Planetarium Victorville
Victor Valley College Planetarium
18422 Bear Valley Rd.
Victorville, CA 92392-5849
30 foot dome - 70 seats
Zeiss ZPK3 Skymaster star projector installed 1996
phone: 619-245-4271, ext. 324

Mount San Antonio College Planetarium Walnut
Mt. San Antonio College Planetarium
1100 North Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
35 foot dome - 100 seats
Spitz A3P star projector installed 1968

WILMINGTON Los Angeles Harbor College Planetarium Wilmington
Los Angeles Harbor College Planetarium
1111 S. Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
33 foot dome - 40 seats
Spitz A4 star projector installed 1968

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