UCLA Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Planetarium and
Telescope Shows

Wednesday Evening Public Shows

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

Public shows are free. No tickets or reservations required.

Fall 2019 Show Schedule

Date Time Special Topic
September 25 8:00 PM How to take pictures of a black hole
October 2 8:00 PM General Relativity & Gravitational Waves
October 9 8:00 PM Death of Stars
October 16 8:00 PM No show
October 23 8:00 PM Powers of Ten
October 30 8:00 PM Spooky Places in Space
November 6 7:00 PM Habitable Planet Cookbook
November 13 7:00 PM Transit of Mercury
November 20 7:00 PM Black Holes
November 27 7:00 PM New Horizons
December 4 7:00 PM Dark Matter

Public shows are hosted every Wednesday night when UCLA is in session, including summer sessions. See the UCLA academic calendar for details about the UCLA schedule.

Planetarium Show

  • Public planetarium shows start at 8 pm during Daylight Savings Time (7 pm otherwise) on Wednesday evenings (except holidays and final exam weeks)
    • Planetarium shows typically last about 60 minutes, with a special topic show and star show lasting about 30 minutes each
  • The planetarium is located on the 8th floor of the UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building (Directions)

No late arrivals! We cannot admit guests after show has started. Please arrive on time.

Telescope Viewing

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 star clusters (depending on what objects are currently visible in the night sky).

  • Telescope viewing follows planetarium show
  • Located on the 9th floor roof of the UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building
  • Telescope viewings are offered weather and schedule permitting
  • Telescope viewings are not offered during the summer

Private Shows

Free private shows for educational groups are also available. More details here.