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December at the Sac State Planetarium
IT'S BACK! After years of requests, the Sac State Planetarium premiered "Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon" last month to excited sold-out audiences. We are bringing it back this month, along with two other great shows, "JWST: 2023" and "Mystery of the Christmas Star." More details, including show schedule and ticket sales date, coming very soon.
The Sac State Planetarium is located on the east side of campus, just north of Parking Structure II and the Hornet Bookstore. Interested in coming? For K-12 students, talk to your teacher about coming for a field trip. For Sac State students, come take an astronomy class IN the planetarium. For the general public, come see one of our public shows! Join our email list or follow us on social media to stay up to date, and check below for more info on each of these ways to visit the planetarium!
Public Shows & Public Show Ticketing
Public shows are held at the Sacramento State Planetarium every month. Unless otherwise noted, all shows are hosted by Sacramento State faculty members from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. As such, schedules vary from month to month depending on the availability of our faculty, but generally shows are offered on one or two weekends per month. All ticket sales are made through the Hornet Ticket Office website, or you can call directly at (916) 278-4323. All public shows run 60 minutes in duration.
Information on each month's public show offerings is made available around the beginning of that month. This website is updated monthly, and interested guests can also sign up for our email list or follow us on social media to be sure to always have the latest information. General admission is only $5 (except for Pink Floyd, which is $15), while Sacramento State students (with OneCard) and kids 12-and-under are free (though a ticket still needs to be "purchased" for admission).
December shows, including the 50th Anniversary "Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon" show, are being scheduled and information should be available very soon. As always, tickets will be sold through the Hornet Ticket Office website.
Booking Field Trips
Fall 2023 field trips are now available for booking! The Sac State Planetarium offers field trips for K-12 classes with no admission cost. Classes will still be required to arrange their own transportation and pay for any applicable parking fees, however.
Field trip reservations are available mornings and afternoons, five days a week. We utilize an online booking system for reservations. We request a minimum of 20 students to book the planetarium and we can accommodate up to 90 people at once. All planetarium shows are booked as 60-minute appointments. Your planetarium field trip host will start the show with a live, interactive tour of our solar system and galaxy. Your show may also include a fulldome film, with several options available to choose from, depending on the instructor's desires. To make a reservation for your class please visit our field trip booking website. Teachers or group organizers will be asked to complete the Sac State minors on campus form before arriving on campus. Any questions regarding that form can be directed to Nayeli Gonzalez at Risk Management.
It is the goal of the Sacramento State Planetarium to offer science education to everyone in the greater Sacramento area. It is important to us that cost not be a barrier to enjoying a public show at the planetarium. This is why our ticket prices are so low. This also means that our revenue cannot cover the costs that come with running and maintaining such a fine facility. We are reliant on the support and donations of our Sacramento community to keep this planetarium open for years to come.
Donors may also be interested in our “Seat Under the Stars” campaign, where a $1,000 donation will allow you put your name, or the name of a loved one, on a plaque that will be permanently affixed to one of the seats in the planetarium.
Still have questions? You can get in touch with the planetarium team by email or phone:
- Email us at email@example.com
- Call us at (916) 278-4586