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.
Fall 2016 Schedule of Public Evening Shows
Black Holes showing September 22. Tickets on sale starting August 26.
Earthquake showing October 6th. Tickets on sale staring September 23.
Mars Travel Guide showing October 20. Tickets on sale starting September 23.
Supervolcanoes showing November 10. Tickets on sale starting October 21.
Incoming! showing November 17. Tickets on sale starting October 21.
Season of Light showing December 1 and 8. Tickets on sale starting November 18.
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.