UCLA Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Planetarium and
Telescope Shows

Wednesday Evening Public Shows

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!

Public shows are free. No tickets or reservations required.

Fall 2016 Show Schedule

Date Time Special Topic
September 21 No show
September 28 8:00 PM Neutron Stars and Pulsars
October 5 8:00 PM Extrasolar Planets
October 12 8:00 PM Extrasolar Planets
October 19 8:00 PM Evolution of the Human Universe
October 26 8:00 PM Death of a Star
November 2 8:00 PM New Horizons’ Journey to Pluto
November 9 7:00 PM Realm of Galaxies
November 16 7:00 PM Black Holes
November 23 7:00 PM The Science Behind Hubble’s Best Images
November 30 7:00 PM In the Skies of Other Worlds
December 7 No show

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

  • Shows start at 8 pm during DST (7 PM otherwise) on Wednesdays (except holidays and final exam weeks)
  • Located on the 8th floor of the UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building (Directions)
  • 30 minute special topic show
  • 30 minute star show

No late arrivals! We cannot admit guests after show has started. Please arrive on time. Planetarium shows start at 7:00 PM (8:00 PM during Daylight Savings Time).
Shows typically last 45–60 minutes (rain or shine).

Telescope Viewing

  • 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

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).

Private Shows

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