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New Planetarium welcomes public to first evening shows: November 20, December 4 and 11

Please note: The 7:00pm shows on December 11 have been SOLD OUT. An additional 8:00pm showing has been added. Tickets for the 8:00pm shows will be available after 5:00 on December 11.

Planetarium & Science Center public shows

Planetarium & Science Center staff will welcome the public to the new facility on select Friday evenings in November and December. Guests will enjoy Perfect Little Planet on November 20 and Earth, Moon, and Sun on December 4. On December 11, a double feature of popular holiday shows will be presented. Visitors will see Mystery of the Christmas Star in the new planetarium, followed by Christmas Traditions Around the World in the Science Center. All public shows begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

November 20, Perfect Little Planet
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes - a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda, sail through the rings of Saturn, feel the lightning storms at Jupiter, and walk on the surface of Mars. This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

December 4, Earth, Moon, and Sun
How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it? Why does the Sun rise and set? Why do we see different constellations during different seasons? What is an eclipse? Learn about the Moon's phases and orbit. Explore past and future space travel to our moon and beyond.

December 11, Mystery of the Christmas Star and Christmas Traditions Around the World
Christmas Traditions Around the World explores the different winter season traditions people across the globe celebrate at this time of the year. Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates the possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at the historical sightings of major astronomical events which so intrigued three wise men to cross a desert in search of a newborn King.

The new Planetarium & Science Center is located at 11535 Avenue 264 in Visalia, on the southwest corner of Mooney Boulevard and Avenue 264. Tickets are available at the Planetarium office only after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the show. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No late seating is offered once the planetarium doors close.

For more information, visit or call the Planetarium & Science Center office at (559) 737-6334.