Public programs are a cornerstone of the Planetarium's mission. Regular showings are offered evenings and weekends so anyone can come enjoy a rotating schedule of breathtaking full-dome experiences.
Adults: $6 for adults
Children Under 12/Seniors: $5
OCC Students: FREE ticket with student ID*
For all public shows, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled show begins. There will be no late admittance. Planetarium Tickets are Non-transferrable and Non-refundable.
We advise against bringing children younger than 5 years old to planetarium programs. The planetarium theater gets very dark and the visuals can be alarming to young children.
All programs are approximately 1 hour long.
Looking to bring a large group to visit the planetarium during the week? Check out our Field Trips page!
Alternatively, beginning in September we are offering shows at 11am on the first and third Thursday of every month specifically for smaller groups. See the schedule here!
NEW Public Programs!
Come explore the mysterious invisible parts of our universe in Phantom of the Universe (Fridays at 7pm and Saturday/Sunday at 12:30pm)
And, on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm, you can visit all the planets of the solar system in a trip To Worlds Beyond!
Tickets for all these programs are available now!
Check out the pages below for info about upcoming community events!
SciFi Saturdays - 9/14, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14
Public Programs are currently scheduled for:
The first and third Thursdays of every month (11:00am)
Friday evenings (7:00pm)
Saturday and Sunday (11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm)
To Worlds Beyond: Journey Through the Solar System
Eight other worlds share our solar system, each one stranger and more interesting than the last. Travel from the surface of the sun all the way to the icy realm of comets. Volcanos the size of France, storms bigger than the Earth, and clouds that rain acid are just some of the incredible things to discover on worlds both big and small as you make your journey through the Solar System.
Recommended ages: 6 and up
To Worlds Beyond Trailer
Saturdays @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Sundays @ 11:00am and 2:00pm
Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter
Join us on a journey of discovery, following the efforts of scientists around the world as they try to unlock the mystery of Dark Matter. Starting with its creation during the Big Bang, the role of dark matter in the formation of galaxies and thus ourselves is explored, highlighting its discovery from its effects on the motions of stars and galaxies. The visitor is then brought back thousands of feet below the earth’s surface where teams of scientists are building extremely sensitive experiments to detect the very rare direct interactions of dark matter particles with normal matter. Finally, the visitor is taken on a whirlwind tour of the gigantic CERN laboratory where beams of protons are hurled together in head on collisions in an attempt to create new dark matter particles for study.
Recommended ages: 12 and up
Phantom of the Universe Trailer
Saturdays @ 12:30pm