Willard Smith Planetarium

Planetarium Show Schedule
Add a Planetarium ticket to your Pacific Science Center experience for just $3. Members receive complimentary Planetarium tickets. Get your tickets at our box office upon arrival or at the Information Desk in Building 1 during your visit.

Please note - Children under 4 years are not admitted to the planetarium, except for Preschool Shows. There is no late seating. Tickets for planetarium shows require an accompanying General Admission ticket and are subject to availability.

Show schedule subject to change without notice.

Human Spaceflight
Learn about the future of how humans will get to space and the challenges of traveling in such a hostile environment. We’ll be exploring NASA’s current and future plans for launching astronauts, as well as other companies’ spacecraft designs. Join us as we launch into orbit, help solve puzzles and use the stars to navigate safely home again. Ages 4 and up; 40 minutes.

Preschool Trip to the Moon - 20 minutes
This show is an age-appropriate mix of observing the night sky, a puppet story, and a dance party--on the Moon! We aim the show at preschoolers, but there are no age-restrictions on this show. A seat token is required for entry. Tokens are free, and can be picked up in front of the planetarium any time after Pacific Science Center opens on the day of the show.

Sky Tonight or Sky Tonight with Feature Focus - 40 minutes
Sky Tonight is always our best show for any age above 6, visitors will practice describing and recognizing the objects and motions of the night sky and learning to use a starmap. Feature content is chosen at staff discretion, focusing on news, new science and NASA discoveries. See today's show schedule to see if the show has a special feature focus. (Appropriate for adults and children grades 2 and up. Children under 4 years are not admitted to this show. Ticket required. FREE tickets for Pacific Science Center members.)

Gravity and Black Holes - 40 minutes 
Gravity and Black Holes is all about NASA's cutting-edge investigations into the still unsolved mysteries involving gravity and black holes, as well as NASA's recently launched NuSTAR mission to bring the high energy universe into focus. This new and exciting show highlights some of the oldest and newest mysteries of the universe. (Appropriate for adults and children ages 7 and up. Children under 4 years are not admitted to this show. Ticket required. FREE tickets for Pacific Science Center members.).

What's Up in the Sky?
Be sure to check out AstroInfo for stories of what's happening out there, written by Planetarium Supervisor, Alice Enevoldsen.

To see what's up in the night sky, check out our Starmaps.

Need more space-related links? We have plenty on our Astronomy Resources Page.

For other help, contact the Planetarium Supervisor at (206) 443-2385.

Planetarium Renovation

Originally installed in October of 1977, the Willard Smith planetarium has hosted thousands of families, adults, and school children. After more than 33 years of delivering educational programming, the Willard Smith Planetarium has undergone a technological transformation. The planetarium closed for the month of November in 2010 to allow Pacific Science Center to install the first half of a brand-new, state-of-the-art projection system created by Zeiss Optics. The new digital projectors allow science center staff to present up-to-the minute NASA photographs, research and movies. In addition, the new projector allows guests to view five times as many stars. The new projector virtually transports guests to the mountains to view a pristine sky, unhindered by clouds or light pollution. It even has the ability to show you more stars than the human eye can perceive in the natural world, without the assistance of technology. These renovations are just the beginning. Pacific Science Center is dedicated to presenting science to our fullest capacity. As technology continues to open the door in communicating scientific discovery, Pacific Science Center will continue to make improvements to enhance the guest experience.

The Zeiss Spacegate DUO is made possible by a grant from NASA, which supports programming in the Willard Smith Planetarium, on the road around Washington state with our Science on Wheels portable planetariums, and increased astronomy achievement in Discovery Corps, Pacific Science Center's youth development program.