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.
Solar eclipse with Jupiter and Earth for scale. Select image for a larger version.
Fall 2015 Schedule of public evening shows
Ice Worlds showing September 17th. Tickets on sale starting August 28th. -- SOLD OUT!
Earthquake showing October 1. Tickets on sale starting August 28th. -- SOLD OUT!
Black Holes showing October 15th. Tickets on sale starting September 18th. -- SOLD OUT!
Supervolcanoes showing November 5th. Tickets on sale starting October 16th.
Season of Light showing on December 3rd and 10th. Tickets on sale (both shows) starting November 20th.
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.