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Planetarium From Outside located on the CSUN campus within the complex of Science Buildings, adjacent to the building formerly known as Science Building 3, now Citrus Hall, the Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium (shown in the accompanying photo) provides bi-weekly star shows and other programs not only for CSUN students but also for the many communities of the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

Fall 2015 - Schedule - September - October
Fall 2015 - Schedule - October - December

Please be prompt. For our guests' enjoyment, there is no admittance after the program starts.

For show information: call 818.677.5601

General admission: $6 for one show, $10 for two shows
Student admission: $4 for one show, $7 for two shows
Recommended for ages 8 and up

Tickets are available at the door prior to show time. To ensure a seat, advance ticket purchase is recommended.

To order tickets, call the A.S. Box Office: 818.677.2488 [Monday - Friday: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.]

Parking is enforced 24/7 everywhere on campus. All parking lots have parking permit dispensers and/or an attendant booth. Purchase your parking permit and follow the posted parking instructions before you walk over to the Planetarium. We recommend using Lot G4, located on Zelzah Avenue. The cost of the parking permit is $6.00 per vehicle.

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For your convenience, here is a list and accompanying descriptions of our past speakers pdf icon.

The Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium is operated by CSUN's Department of Physics and Astronomy. It is named after the founding dean of our College of Science and Mathematics, who was instrumental in obtaining the funds for Science Buildings III and IV and the Planetarium. The late Dr. Adrian Herzog was the first planetarium director, and the design concept is his. With the support of Dean Edward J. Carroll, Jr., the planetarium began offering regularly scheduled public shows for the first time in 2002. At the heart of our 100-seat star theater lies the Spitz-512 Star Projector, capable of recreating the night sky on our 40-foot dome with accuracy and brilliance. Over 2,000 stars, the five visible planets, and all of the apparent motions of the sky come alive overhead in a unique and relaxing environment. The Bianchi Planetarium is also equipped to support large format image projection and captivating digital sound. For rental information, or to schedule private shows, please call 818.677.5601 or email us.

Dr. Jan Dobias, Program Director
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Dr. Jan Dobias is the Program Coordinator for our informal space education outreach. Dr. Dobias received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from UCLA in 1987. He is a lecturer at CSUN and is a Research Associate at the San Fernando Observatory. He teaches Astronomy at CSUN and has also taught classes at Antelope Valley College, Santa Monica College, and UCLA summer school. His experience adds significantly to our Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium program series.

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