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Ticket Information

Pricing for all 2022-2023 school year shows

  • General Admission: $5
  • Kids 12 and under: FREE (but must claim ticket)
  • Sac State Students: FREE (but must claim ticket)

JWST: The First Six Months

The James Webb Space Telescope unveiled its first five images on July 12th, 2022, but that was only the beginning of what this observatory would discover. In the months since then the JWST has continued to produce stunning images of our cosmos. The enormous mirror of the JWST offers unprecedented detail, while the infrared capabilities of the telescope offer never-before-seen views of many well-known night sky objects. Together these two features allow scientists to better explore our universe, while also conveniently offering the public some of the most spectacular imagery of space that has ever been seen. Come see all that the JWST has to offer as we enjoy and appreciate the first six months of images from this impressive piece of hardware.

Saturday, January 21st: 1pm and 2:30pm with Laura Lege
Friday, January 27th: 5:30pm with Alex Pettitt
Saturday, January 28th: 4:30pm and 6pm with Kyle Watters
Sunday, January 29th: 1pm and 2:30pm with Chris Taylor

All shows sold out.

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Important Information

  • There are absolutely no food or drinks allowed in the Planetarium.
  • Zooming through the universe on a 360º screen may cause motion sickness, please be advised.
  • Field Trips are not handled by Hornet Tickets; please visit the booking site.
    • Parking is not free for field trips. Please visit the UTAPS site for more parking information
  • For VOUCHER REDEMPTION, vouchers must be presented in person at the Hornet Ticket Office.
  • There is a 12 ticket limit per transaction.
  • Will Call is available at the door or can be picked up in advance at the Hornet Ticket Office.
  • Doors open about 15 minutes prior to show time. There is no late seating.
  • Shows are about an hour long, including a presentation, often a short film, and Q&A time.

Parking Information

The Sacramento State Planetarium is located in the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex (Science II)

The closest parking to the Planetarium is Parking Structure 2.

  • Paid ticketed events include free parking on the TOP FLOOR of Parking Structure 2 ONLY, starting 1 hour prior to event start time. There is no free parking for Field Trips.
  • Daily/hourly parking permits (valid in student parking spaces) are required otherwise. To purchase an $8 daily (or $4 two-hour) parking permit:
    • Sign up for a PayByPhone account and download the app. When you arrive on campus, enter location number "5115" into the app to pay your parking fee.
    • When you arrive on campus, pay with cash or credit at any permit machine located in all student parking lots/structures; view the campus map for locations.

Please view our campus map for parking lot locations.

Passenger Loading

Dropping off guests? There is a small parking lot of temporary parking spaces between the Bookstore and the Planetarium entrance that will get a vehicle the closest possible.

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The closest parking to the Planetarium is Parking Structure 2. 

Campus Covid Protocols

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken.

Ticket Holder (Attendee), and/or on behalf of any accompanying party, agrees to (1) assume all risks associated with potential exposure to COVID-19; and (2) comply with current health and safety policies of the California State University, Sacramento.

Masks are not required, but they are encouraged.

Purchasing Tips

  • The most SUCCESSFUL way to purchase tickets to the overwhelmingly popular Sacramento State Planetarium is online.
  • Customers who have created an account with axs.com (our ticketing company) and are successfully logged in at the exact time tickets are released have had the best luck in procuring these hot tickets!
  • Please know that while we do our best to accommodate those who call in, we cannot be as fast as the internet and are unable to select tickets once they are in the virtual shopping carts of online customers.
  • Create your account in advance (click "Sign In" > then "Create AXS Account") and have your login information available to have the best chance at purchasing!

Stay Connected

Find out about upcoming show dates by following the Planetarium's social media accounts (found on their website) and/or joining their mailing list!