Gladwin Planetarium

Daily

Ongoing

Inside our theater, the stars are always out!

Our expert Astronomy Programs presenters are ready to answer your questions during interactive live presentations. Get to know the stars of Santa Barbara, the universe, and the wonders of space.

Planetarium shows are included with admission. Listen for the announcement on the speaker system in our exhibit halls inviting you to line up in front of Space Sciences 5–10 minutes in advance of each show. First come, first served.

Summer 2022 Planetarium Shows

Weekdays

  • Noon – Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors – Oh My!
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Cool rocks aren’t just found in the Museum’s Rare Earth exhibit! In this show we’ll learn about different types of space rocks and where they can be found in our solar system. You’ll also learn about this summer’s meteor shower and constellations in the summer sky. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 1:00 PM – Incoming!
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout Earth’s history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our solar system and the landmark discoveries scientists have made sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Summer Sky
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Join us for a tour of tonight’s night sky. We’ll learn about the constellations and planets visible in Santa Barbara tonight, along with any upcoming astronomy events like meteor showers, comets, or eclipses. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

Saturday

  • 11:00 AM – The Night Sky for Little Dippers
    (recommended for families with young children; 15 minutes)
    This 15-minute presentation is designed for young audiences and features different topics at every show. Come back again and again with your little one to build up their enthusiasm and excitement for space!– Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors – Oh My! (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)

  • Noon – Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors – Oh My!
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Cool rocks aren’t just found in the Museum’s Rare Earth exhibit! In this show we’ll learn about different types of space rocks and where they can be found in our solar system. You’ll also learn about this summer’s meteor shower and constellations in the summer sky. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 1:00 PM – Exploring the Solar System
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Let’s take a trip around our solar system. We’ll visit our sun, the planets and their moons, asteroids, comets, and of course dwarf planets like Pluto. We’ll also learn about the most recent planetary discoveries from NASA and other space exploration programs. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Summer Sky
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Join us for a tour of tonight’s night sky. We’ll learn about the constellations and planets visible in Santa Barbara tonight, along with any upcoming astronomy events like meteor showers, comets, or eclipses. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 3:00 PM – Space Rocks!
    (recommended for ages 8 and up; 40 minutes)
    This show is aimed at people who want to dive deeper into advanced astronomical topics. This summer’s show centers around where and how all the elements in the universe are created, as well as some surprising places gems and other fascinating minerals have turned up in our own solar system. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

Sunday

  • 11:00 AM – The Night Sky for Little Dippers
    (recommended for families with young children; 15 minutes)
    This 15-minute presentation is designed for young audiences and features different topics at every show. Come back again and again with your little one to build up their enthusiasm and excitement for space!

  • Noon – Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors – Oh My!
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Cool rocks aren’t just found in the Museum’s Rare Earth exhibit! In this show we’ll learn about different types of space rocks and where they can be found in our solar system. You’ll also learn about this summer’s meteor shower and constellations in the summer sky. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 1:00 PM – Explorando el Sistema Solar
    (se recomienda para edades de 5 años y arriba; 40 minutos)
    Hagamos un viaje alrededor de nuestro sistema solar. Visitaremos nuestro sol, los planetas y sus lunas, asteroides, cometas y, por supuesto, planetas enanos como Plutón. También aprenderemos sobre los descubrimientos planetarios más recientes de la NASA y otros programas de exploración espacial. Esta presentación incluye preguntas y respuestas en vivo con la presentadora.

  • 2:00 PM – Exploring the Summer Sky
    (recommended for ages 5 and up; 40 minutes)
    Join us for a tour of tonight’s night sky. We’ll learn about the constellations and planets visible in Santa Barbara tonight, along with any upcoming astronomy events like meteor showers, comets, or eclipses. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.

  • 3:00 PM – Space Rocks!
    (recommended for ages 8 and up; 40 minutes)
    This show is aimed at people who want to dive deeper into advanced astronomical topics. This summer’s show centers around where and how all the elements in the universe are created, as well as some surprising places gems and other fascinating minerals have turned up in our own solar system. This presentation includes live Q&A with the presenter.