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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.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
Thursday:      9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

The school-show season opens on September 8 as per the above daily schedule and ends on May 12. The Planetarium will not be available during holiday breaks such as Thanksgiving week (November 23-27), winter break at Christmas and New Year's Day (December 21- January 1), and spring break (March 21-25). 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. Alternatively, a filtered telescopic sungaze can be offered on-site at a school, provided that weather conditions are conducive for viewing.




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.


2015-2016 AstroFriday Schedule

June 26 - Tortillas in Space
July 24 - Exploring Pluto and New Horizons Sky Show

August 21 - Two Small Pieces of Glass (fulldome show!)
September 18 - Lunar Eclipse Show (for 9/27 lunar eclipse)
October 16 - IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
November 20 - Meteor Showers
December 5- (Saturday) Luminaria Stargaze
December 11 - The Star of Bethlehem
January 15- Navajo Sky Legends
February 12 - Space Wear
March 11 - Test Flights: Flights of Discovery
April 15 - Mercury Transit Show (for 5/9 event)
May 13 Tour of Mars (for 5/22 Mars opposition)


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 2015



September 4
October 2
November 6
December 18
January 29
February 26
March 18
April 29

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





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