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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for reservations. Planetarium shows for schools are offered
on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the following time
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
school-show season opens on September 9 as per the above daily
schedule and ends on May 21. The Planetarium will not be available
during holiday breaks such as Thanksgiving week (November
24-28), winter break at Christmas (December 22 - January 2),
and spring break (March 23-27). 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
Program at SJC Planetarium
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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.)
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 10th.
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
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 10th and will continue every remaining Wednesday throughout
the months of June and July. 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.
is the schedule for Starry Days for the summer of 2014:
11 - Windows on Mars: Art & Architecture
June 18 - Windows on Mars: Music
June 25 - Windows on Mars: Storytelling & Folk Art
July 2- Windows on Mars: Dance
9 - On Robot Wings
July 16 - The Flight of Apollo 11: The Eagle Has Landed
July 23 - Field Trip to the Moon
July 30 - Path of Totality
Shows and Stargazes
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.
6 - The Flight of Apollo 11: The Eagle Has Landed
July 25 - Field Trip to the Moon
August 22 - The Astronomy of Harry Potter
September 19 - On Robot Wings
October 3 - Path of Totality
November 14 - The Aurora: A Mystery Explained
December 6 - (Saturday) Luminaria Stargaze
December 12 - The Star of Bethlehem
January 30 - Navajo Sky Legends *** Cancelled for weather
- Navajo Sky Legends
March 20 - Constellations of the Zodiac
April 24 - Apollo 13: Houston, We Have a Problem
May 22 - Skywatching: A Guide to the Daytime Sky
Note - Since our January 30 presentation had to be cancelled
due to hazardous weather, the February 27 presentation will
be changed to Navajo Sky Legends as a make-up show for January
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.