Proposed look for the Tessmann Planetarium. Image courtesy of westbergwhite architecture.
Star of Bethlehem Show Schedule
Two more Star of Bethlehem show have been added on Thursday Dec. 12; at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Other scheduled shows include:
Dec. 2nd, 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 3rd, 11 a.m.
Dec. 4th, 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 5th, 7 p.m.
Dec. 10th, 11 a.m.
Dec. 11th, 9:30 a.m.
Other dates will be available and will be posted later this month.
Call our reservationist for more information at 714-564-6356.
Seats are $7, by reservations only (sorry, no discounts available for this show).
These shows often sell out, so call soon.
Other planetarium shows also will be presented from now until March, when we begin our remodeling (see below).
Latest News: Closure Delayed Until Spring
We just have been notified that the planetarium will NOT temporarily close on Nov. 1. We have a reprieve and it will be open until at least March. This means we will continue booking shows until we have a firm date as to the spring shutdown.
We WILL BE scheduling Star of Bethlehem shows in December.
The closure, by the way, in case you haven't heard, will only be for several months and will not be permanent (see below). Watch this page for future announcements.
The Tessmann Planetarium is getting a facelift.
The Tessmann building is nearing its 50th birthday and has had thousands of children and adults passing through its doors to the cosmos year after year. That’s a lot of wear and tear.
This year, Santa Ana College is beginning a remodeling of most of its campus-and is beginning with our planetarium. We’re getting a new roof (sorely needed), beautiful cosmic images on our outside walls, a remodeled lobby and even a new bathroom facility. Watch for updates to find out how we are going to improve our shows.
However, this does mean that the planetarium will have to close its doors for several months this year.
The construction will take place between November (please see latest date information above) and next summer. Due to uncertainties with the contractors’ schedules and because of safety issues, we will not be able to present shows through much of this period.
However, there may be windows of opportunity to schedule a limited amount of shows. Contractors will let us know when there are times we can bring in the public. We will take names of schools and groups that are interested in waiting for an opening. We can’t promise anything, but we will try to schedule as many shows as possible. We will be scheduling shows until at least November 1st.
If you’d like to get on our notification list, call our reservation line at 714-564-6356.
Look for updates in our newsletters. We will also post the latest information on our Facebook Page (search for “Tessmann Planetarium”) and the college website (www.sac.edu…click on the Planetarium link). We will be posting educational material for the classroom. We will keep you informed about the latest on comets, the solar system and other astronomical events.
And watch this website for contests (win a free field trip for your class to the new and improved planetarium, and other goodies).
If you would like to receive our newsletter, send an email to email@example.com.
We hope to have the new Tessmann ready by fall of 2014, and we look forward to seeing you then.
Coordinator and Program Director