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The Sky Tonight

Monthly Astronomer-Led Planetarium Show

UPDATE: Until further notice, The Sky Tonight will be moving into the digital space. Please, see individual event description for information on time and registration.

Join us for a tour of the solar system narrated by the Fleet’s resident astronomer. Journey through the cosmos with us as we explore a new topic each month. 



August 5

7 to 8 p.m. Spots are limited!
Online Webinar. Link will be sent to ticket holders the day of the event.

Cost: $5-$20


Venus is the second planet out from the Sun and in many ways resembles the Earth, so much so that Venus used to be referred to as “Earth’s Sister Planet.” Are they really so similar?  No! In fact, Venus is not a hospitable place at all. Join us to learn more about the planet Venus. 










September 2

Observatories of the World

Space-based observatories have made amazing discoveries, but ground-based observatories produce great work every day. How do they observe the sky? Where are they located? We will take a virtual tour of several observatories, including those in Southern California. 







October 7

Life Cycles of Stars

Astronomers discuss stars as if they were living creatures: stars are born, they live, and then they die. How do stars form? Why do they die out? And do all stars meet the same fate? We’ll discuss all this and more! 










November 4

Comets and Meteor Showers

Every year in November the Leonid meteor shower occurs. What is a meteor shower? How do we know when one will occur? And how are meteor showers related to comets? Join us to find out! 










December 2


Our own Milky Way Galaxy contains solar systems, nebulae, star clusters, and a supermassive black hole.  Are all galaxies like the Milky Way? How many galaxies are there? How far away are they? Join us for a tour of the night sky and an introduction to the wonderful universe of galaxies! 








January 6, 2021

The Wonders of Orion

Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations, and it shines brilliantly above us in the winter sky. We will learn about its brightest stars, Rigel and Betelgeuse, the latter of which did NOT blow up in Spring 2020 as we’d hoped. We’ll also explore the beautiful nebulae hidden amongst the stars of Orion. Join us to appreciate the beauty and wonders of Orion! 










Previous Topics!

We are happy to share that the Sky Tonight talks we have been hosting online, are also available as recordings on the Fleet Science Center YouTube Channel. Check out the line up! Just click on the title of the talk to see the recording on YouTube.

Magnetic Fields in the Cosmos

The Earth is not the only celestial object with a magnetic field. Magnetic fields can be found on some other planets and moons. Our sun has a magnetic field, which leads to a phenomenon known as space weather. And the strongest magnetic fields in the universe are found in the remnants of dead stars. Tonight, we will learn more about magnetic fields in the cosmos.











Moons of the Solar System

Planets might get most of the attention, but the moons of our solar system show an amazing variety of environments. Active volcanoes, methane seas, surfaces of water ice… join us to learn more about the amazing moons of our solar system.


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