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David Mayeux
Planetarium Director
(505) 566 - 3361



School Shows

We hope you'll be able to come visit us for a presentation with our DIGITAL STAR PROJECTOR! It is capable of zooming in on many different celestial objects in the night or pre-dawn sky! Planetarium school shows and after-school shows are free of charge , but available by reservation only. Please call 505-566-3361 or e-mail mayeuxd@sanjuancollege.edu for reservations. Planetarium shows for schools are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the following time slots:

Tuesday:       9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
Thursday:      9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

The school-show season opens on September 8as per the above daily schedule and ends on May 26. The Planetarium will not be available during holiday breaks such as Thanksgiving week (November 24-28), winter break at Christmas (December 21 - January 1), and spring break (March 21-25). Shows are typically about an hour long. Many times it is a multiple presentation; most often it consists of a video on an astronomy-related subject matter, followed by a planetarium sky show using the star projector.

Outreach Program at SJC Planetarium

San Juan College Planetarium is also proud to announce that it is now offering the opportunity for outreach planetarium presentations! Outreach will be offered on certain Fridays on which there are no AstroFriday or filtered telescopic sungaze presentations. Outreach presentations must be scheduled in advance, either over the phone (505-566-3361) or else by email (mayeuxd@sanjuancollege.edu). Times can be flexible, although times and distances traveled will be at the discretion of the Planetarium Director. Presentations will consist of a live presentation using desktop planetarium software and a laptop computer through a video projector, and will last for a maximum of one hour. Subjects can include motions of the sky, Moon phases, planet positions and solar system, or any other appropriate subjects related to sky viewing.

After School Shows

Planetarium shows are offered by appointment for after-school groups once per week on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. This time slot is typically used for groups like scouts, but can also be used as a special presentation time for groups like church groups, or even for school groups coming from far out of town (i.e. - groups who can't arrive for a show until later in the day.)

Summer Shows

In June and July, San Juan College Planetarium is pleased to offer free shows for summer groups such as boys and girls clubs, church groups, 4-H clubs, and summer school groups! We will begin offering summer shows on Tuesday, June 2nd. Presentations for these groups will be from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of July. Reservations will be needed for these presentations in the same way that they are needed for school shows during the normal academic year.

Additionally, the Planetarium will offer free summer shows, called "Starry Days" programs, intended for smaller groups and families on Wednesdays at 10 - 11 a.m. which will not require reservations, but will be the equivalent of a daytime public show like our usual AstroFriday presentations (although we will not be able to offer a stargaze afterwards, of course!) These will begin on June 3rd and will continue every remaining Wednesday throughout the months of June and July, although there will be no July 29th show. As with regular AstroFriday public shows and regular school shows, no late admittance will be permitted once the show has started and there is a maximum seating capacity of 60 for any one presentation.

Following is the schedule for Starry Days for the summer of 2015:

June 3 - Tortillas in Space
June 10 - Better Health from Space to Earth
June 17- Astrosmiles
June 24 - Toys in Space 2

July 1 - Space Wear
July 8 - Good Stress: Building Better Muscles and Bones
July 15 - Space Station
July 22 - Exploring Pluto and New Horizons Live Sky Show

Public Shows and Stargazes

San Juan College Planetarium offers a free public show and stargaze event ("AstroFriday") approximately once per month. The exact Friday every month often depends on the phase of the Moon: the nearest night to the first quarter phase will usually be the AstroFriday night. Sometimes, however, it will be on the night of a different lunar phase, due to scheduling conflicts. Shows are about an hour long. Show times for May, June, and July AstroFridays are at 7:30 & 8:30 p.m., with a stargaze utilizing the college's telescopes following at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting, in the courtyard between the Planetarium and the Little Theatre. All other AstroFridays, unless otherwise indicated, are at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., and stargaze afterwards (weather permitting) is at 8:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for either the planetarium show or the stargaze, but there is a seating capacity of 60 in the planetarium dome, so seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no capacity limit for the stargaze, as this takes place outside. For the planetarium shows, there is no late admittance into the planetarium theater once a show has started, due to the necessity of preserving darkness in the theater.

2015-2016 AstroFriday Schedule

June 26 - Tortillas in Space
July 24 - Exploring Pluto and New Horizons Sky Show
August 21 - Space Station
September 18 - Lunar Eclipse Show (for 9/28 total Lunar)
October 16 - Uranus: I will See Such Things
November 20 - Meteor Showers
December 5- (Saturday) Luminaria Stargaze
December 11 - The Star of Bethlehem
January 15- Navajo Sky Legends
February 12 - Space Wear
March 11 - Test Flights: Flights of Discovery
April 15 - Mercury Transit Show (for 5/9 event)
May 13 Tour of Mars (for 5/22 Mars opposition)


The planetarium reserves the right to substitute shows. It is also possible (though not probable) for there to be a change in a show's date due to unforeseen circumstances.



SJC Planetarium Sungaze Schedule
for 2015

June 12

July TBD
August TBD
September TBD
October TBD
November TBD
December TBD
January TBD
February TBD
March TBD
April TBD

In the event of inclement weather on a scheduled day, the sungaze will be cancelled.





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