SFCC

Spokane Falls Community College Planetarium

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.

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Public Shows at the Planetarium

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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 door.

The SFCC planetarium is located in the Science Building (#28 on the campus map).

K-12 Shows at the Planetarium

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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 first Friday of the month from 9:00-10:00am.

A free homeschool program is offered the second Friday of the month from 9:00-10:00am.

Reservations are done on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please call Melody at (509) 533-4321, or email at planetarium@spokanefalls.edu 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.


There are six shows that rotate throughout the month. Each one hour show begins with an introduction to observing the seasonal night sky. The presenter will show which planets, stars, constellations, and other celestial objects can be seen during the current night sky. The second part of each show will feature a 25-30 minute movie that plays over the entire surface of the dome (full-dome). As time permits, a question and answer period will be included at the end of each show.

Click on the pictures for a description of each full-dome movie.

The Planetarium is available for dedicated shows.

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Planetarium

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.

Standard Fee

$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

Melody Verdugo
Computing, Math & Science Secretary
509-533-4321
Planetarium@spokanefalls.edu

Resources for Educators

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Planetarium

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.