Pierce College Science Dome offers planetarium shows for all ages Special children’s shows run every Saturday

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The Science Dome at Pierce College, the Tacoma area’s only digital planetarium, is one of the hidden treasures in our midst. There you can settle into one of the plush theater seats and sit back to watch a presentation that will teach you some of the mysteries of this vast and mind-blowing cosmos in which we live. The planetarium will be going full bore this summer with a multitude of shows.

Explore the night sky, fly through the solar system, explore the universe, and learn about new astronomical discoveries. All-ages shows start with a half-hour interactive tour of our current night sky and are followed by a 25 to 40 min. full-dome video. Each show runs approximately one hour total.

The live presentations vary by presenter and Pierce College rotates through several different videos. You’ll get a different experience every time you come.

Shows are every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

Cost is $6 for general admission (ages 3 and up). Wednesday double features are $6 for one show or $10 for two. Pierce College students are free with ID.

All-ages planetarium shows are suitable for anyone who can sit for about one hour. It does get very dark in the Science Dome, please consider this before bringing small children.

Visit piercecollegedome.com to see descriptions and previews of the full dome videos, a full schedule and to buy tickets.

The Pierce College Science Dome is located in the school’s Rainier Building 263, 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood.

Schedule of summer shows:

  • Fri., July 13, 7 p.m. Space School
  • Sat., July 14, 3:15 p.m. Habitat Earth
  • Wed., July 18, 1 p.m. Dynamic Earth
  • Wed., July 18, 2:15 p.m. Flying Monsters
  • Fri., July 20, 7 p.m. Sea Monsters
  • Sat., July 21, 3:15 p.m. Life: A Cosmic Story 
  • Wed., July 25, 1 p.m. Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
  • Wed., July 25, 2:15 p.m. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • Fri., July 27, 7 p.m. Solar Superstorms
  • Sat., July 28, 3:15 p.m. The Secret Lives of Stars
  • Wed., Aug. 1, 1 p.m. Moons: Worlds of Mystery
  • Wed., Aug. 1, 2:15 p.m. Experience the Aurora
  • Fri., Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Lamps of Atlantis 
  • Sat., Aug. 4, 3:15 p.m. Hidden Universe
  • Wed., Aug. 8, 1 p.m. Chaos and Order
  • Wed., Aug. 8, 1 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Experience the Aurora
  • Fri. Aug. 10, 7 p.m. From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA
  • Sat., Aug. 11, 3:15 p.m. Mysteries of the Unseen World
  • Wed., Aug. 15, 1 p.m. Space School
  • Wed., Aug. 15, 2:15 p.m. Habitat Earth
  • Fri., Aug. 17, 7 p.m. Dynamic Earth
  • Sat., Aug. 18, 3:15 p.m. Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
  • Wed., Aug. 22, 1 p.m. Solar Superstorms
  • Wed., Aug. 22, 2:15 p.m. The Secret Lives of Stars
  • Fri., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity
  • Sat., Aug. 25, 3:15 p.m. Moons: Worlds of Mystery
  • Wed., Aug. 29, 1 p.m. Experience the Aurora
  • Wed., Aug. 29, 2:15 p.m. Lamps of Atlantis 
  • Fri., Aug. 31, 7 p.m. Hidden Universe
  • Sat. Sept. 1, 3:15 p.m. Sea Monsters

There are also children’s planetarium shows. The next one, “Light!,” takes place July 14, 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. There are more showings of “Light!” on July 21 and July 28 in the same time slots as the July 14 show.

“Light!” asks why is the moon bright? Why do we have shadows? Are there types of light that we can’t see? Come solve these mysteries with Pierce College as we explore light. 

This interactive planetarium show is specially designed for our youngest visitors aged 3-12.

Cost: $6 per child. Adults free. Runs Saturdays in July at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Approx. 45 minutes.

Children’s planetarium shows continue through the summer:

  • Sat., Aug. 4, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 4, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 11, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 11, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 18, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 18, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat., Aug. 25, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Our Sun Is A Star
  • Sat. Sept. 1, 12:30 p.m. Children’s Show: Magnificent Moons
  • Sat. Sept. 1, 2 p.m. Children’s Show: Magnificent Moons

Visit facebook.com/events/2034666536603374 for more on the children’s planetarium show.

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