Planetarium_img01.pngSanta Monica College Planetarium

​Thanks to the generosity and vision of the late John Drescher, Santa Monica College is the home to a computerized planetarium theater. At its heart is the Evans & Sutherland Digistar II planetarium projector, which was the first of its kind on the West Coast. Using digital technology, audiences can fly beyond the solar system and soar among the stars. We can transport you across our galaxy to the limits of spacetime or into the heart of the atom. 


​​The Planetarium is currently closed for live events due to the COVID-19 crisis.  See our live virtual public programs below!

 See Public Shows for detailed show descriptions. 

Planetarium Now

NEW FREE, LIVE, VIRTUAL PUBLIC SHOWS, BEGINNING ON JUNE 12TH. We cannot dupicate the starry sky of the dome on campus, but we can keep you up on the latest goings-on in astronomy and space flight, and provide night sky observing tips for your socially-distanced outings via our free, LIVE online public programs on the Zoom platform.  On Fridays, the Night Sky program begins at 7:00 PM and the Feature Program starts at 8:00 PM.  Show descriptions here: Public Shows

Here are the invitation links to the live shows for this Friday evening and the Sunday matinee - click the link, and you will be routed to the meeting waiting room.  You will be muted upon entry and we will open the programs with an explanation of when you will be able to make chatbox entries for questions - but chatbox will NOT be open on entry:

We also look forward to the expanded capabilities of the NEW planetarium SMC will be building in the not-too-distant future…

Jim Mahon
Planetarium Lecturer​

Shows will be presented live online for the foreseeable future.

All shows subject to change or cancellation without notice.


Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
See Maps.​

The Drescher Planetarium is located in the middle of the second floor of Drescher Hall on the north side of the Santa Monica College campus. Drescher Hall is the three story brown building on the South East corner of Pico Blvd. and 17th Street. We are in beautiful Santa Monica, south of the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and west of the 405 (San Diego) Freeway.​