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The Sky Tonight

Monthly Astronomer-Led Planetarium Show

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. Presentations begin with the latest news in the fields of Space Science and Astronomy, followed by an exploration of the night sky as it looks on the day of the event and closing with the topic of the month. 

Before or after the show, join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association on the Prado by the Bea Evenson Fountain, and take a look at the stars in the actual night sky (weather permitting) through different telescopes!

Please use the ticket link under each event to secure your participation. Please note there is no late seating or refunds for late arrivals.

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January 4, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Nebulae

What is a nebula? Why are some red and others blue? Are there different types? Join us to explore the incredible beauty of nebulae in the cosmos.

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February 1, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Galaxies

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!

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March 1, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Stellar Evolution

Astronomers often talk about stars as if they are alive: they are “born” and they “die.” How does a star change over the course of its life and why? Join us to learn about stellar evolution.

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April 5, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Space Weather

We all know that the Sun has an effect on the Earth's environment.  We normally think of this in terms of seasons and weather.  But did you know that the Sun has an effect on the space immediately around the Earth and other planets?  Join us as we learn more about space weather.

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May 3, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Colors in Space

Is our Sun really yellow? Why are some nebulae blue while others are red? What can colors tell us about the universe? Join us to find out!

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June 7, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Tidal Forces in the Universe

You may know that the Moon causes the tides in the ocean of the Earth, but did you know tidal forces act on other celestial objects? Learn about the effect of tides on moons, black holes, and galaxies, too!

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July 5, 2023

7 p.m. & 8:15 p.m.
Live planetarium shows in the Heikoff  Giant Dome Theater
Our Solar System in Pop Culture

The worlds of our Solar System have inspired our imaginations.  They have been explored in books, movies and comics,  Let’s spend an evening learning about the ties between our solar system and pop culture.

 

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