Opened in the fall of 1962 (and formally dedicated in early January 1963 with the
name "Bakersfield College Planetarium"), the William M Thomas Planetarium in Math-Science
112 has provided shows for over 4,500 K-12 students per year. The B.C. astronomy and
physical science classes also use the planetarium at selected times during the semester.
The upgraded planetarium was named after Rep. Bill Thomas and was dedicated on November
2, 2006. Congressman Thomas directed the $1 million in federal funds needed to move
the planetarium into the 21st century.
Get a closer look at the night skies over Bakersfield throughout the years.
Learn about the wonders of meteors, looking at the sun safely, and more.
Plan a field trip for your school to visit BC's Planetarium.
Detailed information important for all planetarians.
View a list of all of the shows that can be found at the planetarium.