On Thursday evening, February 19th, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, the William M Thomas Planetarium will present "Cosmic Castaways" from the Ward Beecher Planetarium. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts for seating and will be closed during the one-hour program with no late admittance. Tickets are available for $8/adults and $6/seniors and children 5-12 years old from the Bakersfield College Ticket Office only (tickets will NOT be sold at the door) starting January 21st. The BC Ticket Office is in Business Services (395-4326) and the William M Thomas Planetarium is on the second floor, northwest end of the Math-Science Building, Room 112. The map below shows you where the ticket office and the planetarium are. No food, drink, or gum/candy is allowed in the planetarium. Children must be 5 years or older.
The one-hour show will begin with a short tour of the evening sky using the planetarium's Goto Chronos star projector followed by the 20-minute all-dome presentation from Ward Beecher Planetarium called "Cosmic Castaways" using our Spitz SciDome projector. This show is about the discovery and research about stars scattered between the galaxies---stars flung out when galaxies collide as may happen to our solar system when the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy collide in the future. Recent research has shown that there may be MORE stars between the galaxies scattered by these collisions than there are stars inside the galaxies! The production and distribution of this full-dome show was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Included in the presentation will be a short public service announcement "Losing the Dark", a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association about the vanishing treasure of a dark sky filled with stars. Light pollution not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health.
Also see the map section of the website for a more detailed map to the planetarium, disabled access and driving directions.
Webpage contact: Nick Strobel