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Planetarium Shows

​​All of our shows highlight the latest in astronomical discoveries.​​ Discover the wonders of the universe with Tessmann Planetarium and Santa Ana College.
       
 
 
Weekday until 4pm: $6.00 per person AFTER 4pm: $7.00 per person
(Except for Star of Bethlehem $7.00 per peson and Can You See in the Dark $3.00 per person)
 
Payment methods: Online purchase, check at the door, or you may pay cash at the Student Business Office, located in VL-205-B.  Student Business Office is open from 8-5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 12pm Friday during fall and spring semester and open from Monday through Thursday 8am to 5pm during summer. 
            
Saturday Mornings: $7.00 per person
(Except for Can You See in the Dark $4.00)
 
Payment methods : Online purchase or check at the door. 
 
Saturday Evenings:  $7.00 per person
 
                           Payment methods : Online purchase or check at the door.                              
 
Current SAC & SCC Students - Always Free Admission
(Show STUDENT I.D. card at the door)
 
Large school groups*: $6.00 per student & chaperones.
For every 10 students, one (1) **teacher is free 
 
Payment methods : Online purchase, check at the door, or you may pay cash at the Student Business Office, located in VL-205-B.  Student Business Office is open from 8-5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 12pm Friday during fall and spring semester and open from Monday through Thursday 8am to 5pm during summer.  
 
*Please note that once you have a confirmed date and time, you will receive an invoice from VENDINI.  You can make adjustments in your attendance up to 24 hours prior to the day of your show.  After 24 hours, there will be a $10 handling charge.  Your school, group, or organization will need to have a W9 on file with the Student Business Office for us to process a refund
 
**Teachers are free on the day of the school trip only
         
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Mysteries of the Cosmos(including the Secrets of Pluto Finally Revealed)

As astronomers make new discoveries in the cosmos, they are also uncovering new mysteries. Come along with us on a journey through what we already know and into mysteries we have yet to solve. Travel through the solar system and into deep space to find out how the discoveries of the past 100 years have given us new insights into the secrets of the universe. (Recommended for grades 3 and up)

          

How Rare is Earth?

Dr. Eastmond, our Planetarium Director, presents an engaging introduction of physical concepts used in astronomy.  Take a tour of our solar system and learn to appreciate how rare the conditions are on our planet.  (Recommended for grades 3 and up)

           
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A Tour of Our Solar System - Followed by Night Sky Live*

Enjoy a stunning visual and musical Tour of Our Solar System; from the International Space Station, to our Moon, out to the planets, beyond the boundary of our Galaxy, and out into the unknown edges of our Universe.  This unique educational experience shares a "one world, in this together" approach to learning. (Recommended for grades 4 and up)
*Saturday evening shows are followed with "Night Sky Live" with a guided orientation of the celestial objects visible that evening. Weather permitting

           
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Can You See in the Dark?

Watch as a city cousin visits his cousin in the country - and sees the night sky like he's never seen it before. The cousins share a trip across the solar system. A shorter show structured for the sensibilities and attention span of younger children. Ideal for Kindergarteners and First graders. Special $3 price. (Recommended for grades Kinder and up)

     
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​Each December, Dr. Steve Eastmond presents a special Holiday show. Take trip through time to see how the sky looked 2000 years ago. A must see! RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 4 AND UP.  $7 per ticket (Note: No student or staff discounts for this show).
  
 ​​​ Coming Spring '17...
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Come along on a journey through our solar system! See the deserts of Mars, visit the ice mountains of Pluto, marvel at th​​​e geysers of Saturn's moon Enceladus and explore the mysteries of Jupiter's 4 major moons. Destination Solar System presents such topics as the nature of gravity, the orbits of planets, the mysteries of comets, and even conjectures which worlds may harbor life. The show is an excellent introduction to Solar System. RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 2 AND UP.
                                                 
 
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