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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. 

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July 7, 2021

This month, The Sky Tonight is back in the beautiful Heikoff Giant Dome Theater for a live planetarium show

7 p.m.: LIVE The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Tickets for the planetarium show will ONLY be available for purchase at the Fleet Science Center ticket counter. Seating will be limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Tickets for the LIVE event are: $18.95 (adults, member discount can be applied) and includes admission to the galleries before the event, so join us early!

8:15 p.m.: VIRTUAL: The Sky Tonight Astronomy Talk

For our loyal online community, we will also be hosting a virtual event from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. For everyone who would like to join us virtually, use the following eventbrite link to purchase you tickets. Please note that the time is different from our previous virtual The Sky Tonight events.

 

It's Never Aliens: Life in the Universe and Habitable Worlds 

As always, we will begin our Sky Tonight talk with an overview of astronomy in the news and a tour of this month's sky. Then, Dr. Will will lead us through a presentation about life in the universe and habitable worlds. We now know of thousands of other planets in our Milky Way Galaxy. How many of them are Earth-like? Are any of them habitable? And what about inhabited? How can we know?  Let’s take a look at life in the universe, both fact and fiction.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

August 4, 2021

This month, The Sky Tonight is back in the beautiful Heikoff Giant Dome Theater for a live planetarium show

7 p.m.: LIVE The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Tickets for the planetarium show will ONLY be available for purchase at the Fleet Science Center ticket counter. Seating will be limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Tickets for the LIVE event are: $18.95 (adults, member discount can be applied) and includes admission to the galleries before the event, so join us early!

8:15 p.m.: VIRTUAL The Sky Tonight Astronomy Talk

For our loyal online community, we will also be hosting a virtual event from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. For everyone who would like to join us virtually, use the following eventbrite link to purchase you tickets. Please note that the time is different from our previous virtual The Sky Tonight events.

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Beauty of the Solar System 

The rings of Saturn, the ice mountains of Pluto, the red plains of Mars… our solar system has a wide range of environments, and each world has its own unique grandeur. We will use the planetarium to explore the beauty of our solar system.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

September 1, 2021

This month, The Sky Tonight is back in the beautiful Heikoff Giant Dome Theater for a live planetarium show

7 p.m.: LIVE The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

Tickets for the planetarium show will ONLY be available for purchase at the Fleet Science Center ticket counter. Seating will be limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

Tickets for the LIVE event are: $18.95 (adults, member discount can be applied) and includes admission to the galleries before the event, so join us early!

8:15 p.m.: VIRTUAL: The Sky Tonight Astronomy Talk

For our loyal online community, we will also be hosting a virtual event from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. For everyone who would like to join us virtually, use the following eventbrite link to purchase you tickets. Please note that the time is different from our previous virtual The Sky Tonight events.

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Falling into Fall 

September brings with it the Equinox and a change of seasons. What causes the seasons? And what else can we see in the Fall sky? Join us to find out!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

October 6, 2021

In October 2021, we are back ONLINE ONLY!

7:00 p.m.: VIRTUAL The Sky Tonight Astronomy Talk

Due to necessary upgrades and maintenance of the Heikoff Dome Theater, we will be BACK TO VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING for the months of October and November. Join us virtualy from 7 to 8 p.m. For everyone who would like to join us virtually, use the following eventbrite link to purchase you tickets. 

 

Tickets will go on sale soon!

Constellations of the Southern Sky 

Did you know that there are constellations that cannot be seen from San Diego?  Some constellations can only be seen from the southern hemisphere of the Earth.  Join us to learn about the constellations of the southern sky.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

November 3, 2021

WE ARE BACK TO LIVE EVENTS!

We are so grateful for the opportunity the virtual world has given us through the pandemic to continue to bring astronomy shows to you. And we are very excited that starting this month, November 2021, we are returning to ONLY live Sky Tonight planetarium shows in our beautiful Heikoff Dome Theater. The Fleet's resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, will be hosting two live shows:

7 p.m. and

8:15 p.m.

Tickets will be available on the Fleet website and at the ticket counter.

Interplanetary Debris 

Asteroids have a lot to teach us about our solar system. Understanding their compositions and orbits teach us about their origins, enabling us to better understand our own. Every year in November the Leonid meteor shower occurs. What is a meteor shower? And how are meteor showers related to comets? Join us to learn all about interplanetary debris.!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

December 1, 2021

Join us for our monthly Sky Tonight planetarium show in our beautiful Heikoff Dome Theater. The Fleet's resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, will be hosting two live shows:

7 p.m. and

8:15 p.m.

Tickets will be available on the Fleet website and at the ticket counter.

Ice Giants

The planets Uranus and Neptune have only been visited once by spacecraft. We still have much to learn about these lovely worlds and their moons. Join us to learn about the systems of the solar system’s ice giants.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


January 5, 2022

Join us for our monthly Sky Tonight planetarium show in our beautiful Heikoff Dome Theater. The Fleet's resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, will be hosting two live shows:

7 p.m. and

8:15 p.m.

Tickets will be available on the Fleet website and at the ticket counter.

The Wonders of the Winter Sky

The winter sky boasts familiar constellations, such as Orion, and prominent stars, like Sirius.  However, looking deeper into the sky, we can seem beautiful star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.  Please join us as we discover what the Winter Sky has to offer.