Currently in the Night Sky
Do you look up at the night sky with wonder? Are you interested in finding a particular constellation? Do you
contemplate the motion of the stars across our horizon? Are you curious about exoplanets and undiscovered worlds?
Are you interested in black holes? The Spokane Falls Community College Planetarium may hold answers to your
questions! A trip to our local planetarium is a memorable way to get people of all ages excited about science and
the wonders of the universe.
Our state-of-the-art digital planetarium was designed as a virtual classroom into the universe for students of all
ages. Since the spring of 2011, we have provided free K-12 field trips to local schools and educational groups,
offered low-cost planetarium presentations to the general public, and are available for special event rentals.
The planetarium is a prominent feature on the SFCC campus. The cylindrical, domed room is one of the first
recognizable features a driver sees coming over the crest of the hill from the Spokane River. Our vision for the
planetarium includes promoting and serving science education in our community, expanding our local programming to
preschoolers and senior groups, and offering in-depth night sky and telescope viewing.
Public Shows at the Planetarium
Public planetarium shows are 1 hour in length with the first half of the show a night sky presentation by one of
our planetarium presenters. The second half of the show is a full-dome move. Please click the "Show Schedule"
button below for dates, times, and movie selection.
Admission fee to the planetarium is $6 for adults and $3 for CCS students and children ages 3-18. No admission is
charged for children under the age of 3 who will “lap sit” with their adult. Please call the cashier’s office at
(509) 533-3569, Monday-Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm for purchase options. Special event shows may have
a different pricing structure and will be noted on the schedule.
All admission fees are paid in advance of the show through the cashier’s office. Admission fees cannot be paid at
The SFCC planetarium is located in the Science Building (#28 on the
K-12 Shows at the Planetarium
During the academic school year, the SFCC planetarium offers free K12 planetarium shows.
- Free school group shows are available Monday – Thursday.
- A free preschool program is offered the second Friday of the month from 10:00-11:00am.
- A free homeschool program is offered the second Friday of the month from 11:00am-12:00pm.
Reservations are done on a first-come first-serve basis.
Please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or to confirm
show schedule and availability.
During the summer months, public school groups may rent the facility for $50 a planetarium show.
The Planetarium is available for dedicated shows.
The planetarium may be rented for a one hour show. The first half of the show is a night sky presentation
conducted by one of our planetarium presenters. This portion of the show can cover specific areas of interest if
requested in advance. The second half of the program is a full-dome movie of your choice. Please refer to the
"show descriptions" tab for the current selection. Please refer below for the rate schedule. Rentals are subject
to the availability of a presenter and the planetarium.
$10 per person (10 person minimum 52 person maximum)
Non-profit and State Agency Rate*
$10 per person (10 person minimum)
$250.00 for 25 or more persons (52 person maximum)
* Prior approval of non-profit agency rate is required
School Rate (for shows held outside of our regularly scheduled K-12 times)
$50.00 (52 person maximum)
Contact us for rental information and availability
Resources for Educators
The following website summarizes objects visible in the night sky for the current week. This would allow your
students a chance to look at what they might see during the night sky portion of the planetarium show and prepare
questions for the presenter.
The following website shows daily pictures of astronomical phenomena and is a great site for educators who are looking
for eye-catching pictures to show their students.
The following are educator guides based on our full-dome movies.