The Sky Tonight
San Diego Planetarium Show
The San Diego planetarium show can be seen at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of every month in the Reuben Fleet Center at Balboa Park. The show is in the IMAX Dome space theater and is geared towards the average backyard stargazer. It is a low key, friendly way to learn about the stars, constellations, and the celestial bodies above. This San Diego planetarium show is called "The Sky Tonight" and will focus on various celestrial topics. Click here for show schedule.
What to Expect
The Sky Tonight is intensely popular and tickets are often sold out. Maximum capacity is 250 people. Show starts at 7 pm but you should be there by 6:30, the latest. You can also:
- buy tickets online (need to register),
- make reservations by telephone (need to be a member), or
- go early to be ahead of the crowd.
Once you have your tickets, proceed to the IMAX dome entry way.There's a line-up here too. If you are at the head of the line you will be able to choose the best seats - otherwise you will be stuck at the far edge of the theater. On occasion, depending on demand, they may have a second showing at 8:15 pm.
The chairs are reclined so that you can look up. The screen is a dome on the ceiling with the stars projected onto it. Everything is computerized so you can see the sky as it looks tonight, or as it looks 1000 years ago. The narrator will talk you through the show while using a laser light to point to relevant stars and c0nstellations. Depending on the narrator, you may also be encouraged to participate by shouting out questions and answers.
The theater is absolutely dark. Cell phones, iPhones, cameras and any kind of electronic devices are not allowed. They will threaten to have you removed if you persist in bringing out your electronic hardware. Because the theater is so dark, children under 5 are not recommended unless you are absolutely sure that they can endure sitting in the the dark for one hour.
Tickets to the San Diego planetarium show also allows you to visit the galleries within the Reuben Fleet center. Read about the Reuben Fleet Center here. After the show, you can go outside and see the stars through telescopes set up by the San Diego Astronomy Association. Read about this free event here.
Location, Price, Parking,
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
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Gallery Admission only
Gallery & one Show
Gallery & two Shows
Parking is plentiful at the parking lot behind (south) the Reuben Fleet Center (see map location 11 for Reuben Fleet Center and adjacent P for parking)