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Never stop discovering

Chemeketa's Planetarium

Offering evening shows most Fridays during fall, winter and spring terms.

Discover Chemeketa's Planetarium 

Chemeketa's Planetarium has offered astronomy presentations since 1977. The theater seats 60 people under a 35-foot dome where realistic images of stars, planets, sun and moon are projected onto the ceiling for visitors to study and enjoy.

Each year, four to five different shows are scheduled that address topics ranging from our solar system, our galaxy of stars and the universe of galaxies.

Current Show

The Hot and Energetic Universe

Show Dates: April 5, 12, 19 & 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; June 7 

Show Time: 7:30 pm. 

Modern astronomers are now able to better understand space by using telescopes with special eyes that can see at wavelengths other than just visible.  Now distant galaxies, nearby black holes, giant gas clouds can have their mysteries better interpreted in this full dome presentation by recent breakthroughs in high energy astrophysics.

All shows include a brief introduction that explores the night time sky over Salem during this season of the year.

ADMISSION:  Adult tickets are $5.00. Children, Chemeketa students are $4.00 (sorry, no credit cards)

The Chemeketa Planetarium is located in Building 2, Room 171 on the Chemeketa campus off Lancaster Dr.  Use the blue parking lot.  Tickets are sold at the door about 15 minutes before show time.  Seating is limited to 60 and once the show begins, sorry no admission.  Seat reservations are not taken at this time.  For more information, please call 503.399.5248.