Cosmic Connection
Witness the wonders of the cosmos this Fall at Planetarium Nights

Article Amy C. Fredericks

A picture of a galaxy.

Come stargaze at the constellations at Long Beach City College’s Planetarium Nights each month this Fall.

For one night each month, the planetarium’s doors will open for the public to see the night sky unfettered by the bright lights of the city. Prior to the constellation show, an LBCC professor will give a short lecture about a popular or topical astronomical subject, allowing time for attendees to ask questions.

Upcoming Planetarium Nights will feature talks on the history of the Cassini-Huygens mission that sent a NASA probe to Saturn, what it would be like to fall into a black hole, and the two NASA telescopes Hubble and Spitzer.

“LBCC’s planetarium creates an immersive viewing experience within its 35-foot diameter dome operated by a state-of-the-art Evans & Sutherland Digistar 5 theater system.

The planetarium is an amazing tool to get people excited about space and science,” said LBCC Astronomy Assistant Professor Amy Fredericks. “It’s also great outreach to the community to show what we have and what we do here.”

Upcoming presentations

Date Event Presenter
Friday, Oct. 20 Cassini Amy Fredericks
Friday, Nov. 17 A Journey into a Black Hole Jorge Ramirez
Friday, Dec. 8 Hubble and Spitzer, Telescopes in Spaaaaaace… Douglas McElroy
Planetarium Nights are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Shows are 1 hour long and begin at 7:00 pm. Please arrive early as seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
Doors will open promptly at 6:30 pm and close once the planetarium reaches capacity and there will be no more admittance/readmittance.FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT AMY FREDERICKS.

The planetarium is located at the Liberal Arts Campus, in Building D, Room 326. Metered parking and day permits are available near Building D. Groups can schedule a special show at the planetarium.

If you would like to learn more about Astronomy and the Physical Sciences program, please visit the Physical Sciences Dept.