The William M Thomas Planetarium has a Chronos star projector from GOTO and a SciDome all-dome video system from Spitz installed under a Spitz premium-seam 36-foot dome. Individual seating for 72 people all facing toward the same direction under the largest dome (36-foot diameter) in all of the Central Valley.
(Left) Solar eclipse with Jupiter and Earth for scale. (Right) Venus transit vs. Mercury transit. Select images for a larger version.
Spring 2016 Schedule of public evening shows
Oasis in Space showing February 18th. Tickets on sale starting January 22nd. -- SOLD OUT!
Supervolcanoes showing March 3rd. Tickets on sale starting February 19th.
Black Holes showing March 17th. Tickets on sale starting February 19th. -- SOLD OUT!
Earthquake showing April 7th. Tickets on sale starting March 18th.
Dynamic Earth showing April 28th. Tickets on sale starting March 18th.
Get tickets at BC Ticket Office. Doors open at 7 PM for general admission seating and are locked at 7:30 when shows begin. See Public Shows for more information.
Opened in the fall of 1962 (and formally dedicated in early January 1963), 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 dedicated on November 2, 2006. Congressman Thomas directed the $1 million in federal funds needed to move the planetarium into the 21st century.