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David Mayeux
Planetarium Director
(505) 566 - 3361



School Shows

We 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 mayeuxd@sanjuancollege.edu for reservations. Planetarium shows for schools are offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the following time slots:

Tuesday:       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 p.m.

The 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 projector.

Outreach Program at SJC Planetarium

San 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 (mayeuxd@sanjuancollege.edu). 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.

After School Shows

Planetarium 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.)

Summer Shows

In 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 year.

Additionally, 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.

Following is the schedule for Starry Days for the summer of 2014:

June 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

July 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

Public Shows and Stargazes

San 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.

2014-2015 AstroFriday Schedule

June 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 ***
February 27 - 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

*******Special 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 30! ********

The 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.



SJC Planetarium Sungaze Schedule
for 2014– 2015

June 27
July 18
August 15
September 12
October 17
November 21
December 19
January 16
February 13
March 13
April 10
May 8

In the event of inclement weather on a scheduled day, the sungaze will be cancelled.





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