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Coronavirus update: 


All public programs have been suspended until further notice. 


For all MESMERICA customer service needs, please email boxoffice@jameshood.com 

 If you need to return pre-purchased regular (non-mesmerica) planetarium tickets, please email planetarium@occ.cccd.edu with your name, the date your tickets are for, and your transaction number. 


We are not accepting requests for new private programs at this time.


Check back here for updates concerning cancelled public programs. 


The Orange Coast College Planetarium is committed to providing an innovative, immersive, and illuminating experience for Orange County and beyond. 
We offer field trip experiences for the local school community from kindergarten through high school which include spectacular star shows, spherical science, and more.

Access to the planetarium theater is limited to scheduled shows, but the lobby and exhibit hall are open to the public during normal hours free of charge. 

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    Planetarium content is directly correlated with the California Next Generation Science Standards, so educators will have supplementary and follow-up activities and lesson plans to integrate their visit seamlessly into their curriculum. 

    Interested in visiting? Contact us at planetarium@occ.cccd.edu or (714) 714-7430


    Hours


    Regular Hours

    CLOSED 3/23 and 4/12

    Monday to Thursday: 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

    Friday: 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., 6 P.M to 10 P.M.

    Saturday: 11:30 A.M. to 10 P.M.

    Sunday: 11:30 A.M. to 3 P.M.


    Admission

    Tickets for regular public programs are available online at occtickets.com, or during regular hours at the ticket office. 

    • Free | Members & OCC Students (with valid student ID)

    • $6    | Adults

    • $5    | Children under 12 & Seniors (65+)




    Parking

    Parking is located in the E Lot off of Merrimac Way. Day passes can be purchased from the dispenser located in the middle of Lot E. Parking on campus is free from 5pm on Friday through 7am Monday morning.

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    Helpful Guidelines


    Photography

    Photography is permitted only in the lobby/exhibit hall of the planetarium. Please refrain from recording/taking photos inside the Dome Theater. Flash photography is especially disruptive in the dark environment, and the pictures never come out well anyway. 


    Cellphones

    Please refrain from using your cell phone during planetarium shows. The light and sound are distracting and disrespectful to those around you. 


    Restricted Behavior

      • Eating, drinking, chewing gum
      • Smoking
      • Animals
      • Bicycles
      • Skateboarding
      • Flashlights