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Willard Smith Planetarium
Enjoy a live, immersive presentation in Pacific Science Center’s Willard Smith Planetarium. Blast-off to the outer reaches of the universe, or explore the planets in our own solar system. Discuss current astronomy news and learn about recent discoveries. Tickets to our planetarium are free with purchase of general admission. Get your tickets at our box office when you arrive, or stop by the Information Desk in Building 1 during your visit. You may also get your tickets online or call (206) 443-2001 for ticket information.
All ages are admitted to Planetarium shows, however due to the dark environment inside the Planetarium and the scientific content, full shows are recommended for ages 5 and above.
- All shows in the planetarium are live presentations. The presenter is able to modify the program based on audience interest. Questions and interactions are encouraged.
- Due to the dark environment inside the planetarium there is no late seating.
- Planetarium shows are included in admission but seating is limited so tickets are required.
Current Planetarium Shows
Preschool All Stars
Written with our youngest guests in mind this show is an opportunity for children of all ages to be introduced to the wonders of astronomy. Guests interact with the sky in the planetarium through dance, song and storytelling. (15 minutes)
The Sky Tonight
Focusing on naked-eye astronomy The Sky Tonight shows guests how the stars can be used for navigation and how to find Constellations and Planets. We talk about current visible events and also look at some objects only visible through a telescope. Due to the dark environment and scientific content this show is recommended for 5 and older. (40 minutes)
In The Planets you can fly through the Rings of Saturn or over the largest volcano on Mars! In this show guests visit the planets in our Solar System. No two presentations are the same. Have a question about the planets? Our performer can explore the answer with you! Due to the dark environment and scientific content this show is recommended for 7 and older. (40 minutes)
Jupiter and its Moons
The largest planet in the Solar System has several interesting worlds orbiting it. Explore the Jovian system in Jupiter and its Moons! Due to the dark environment and scientific content this show is recommended for 7 and older. (40 minutes)
Focus on Space
In this Live Presentation our planetarium presenter, or a visiting scientist, will focus in depth on select astronomical topics. Topics include: Ground-based Astronomy, Astrobiology, Physics, and much more. See today’s schedule for more details. Due to the dark environment and scientific content this show is recommended for 7 and older. (30 minutes)
The following is a schedule of our Planetarium shows. Schedule subject to change without notice. Show descriptions below.
Monthly Star Maps
What’s Up in the Night Sky Below are links to Pacific Science Center’s star maps. Each of the six show the evening sky for a two-month period. These star maps are designed for the latitude of Seattle (47.3 degrees North) but they will work fine for any location in the world between about 40-55 degrees North latitude. They will also work for any year in the future because they don’t contain objects that move during the month (such as planets).
History of The Willard Smith Planetarium
Originally installed in October 1977, the Willard Smith Planetarium has hosted thousands of families, adults, kids and school groups. In December of 2015 the planetarium installed a new projection system from Digitalis Education Solutions of Bremerton Washington. This single projector system allows Science Center staff to present up-to-the-minute NASA photographs, research and movies. The new system gives guests the opportunity to travel from Puget Sound all the way to the edge of the visible Universe, and back again. Come explore the planets and the cosmos in our state-of-the-art planetarium.