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Named for George F. Beattie, a long time SBVC math and astronomy professor, the Planetarium opened in Fall 1977. In addition to being used as a teaching facility, public shows are generally held twice a month on Friday evenings. The Planetarium also provides programs during the day for local school groups by appointment.
Planetarium Specialist Chris Clarke has been involved with the facility since early 1978 when he was a student in the program. He became an astronomy teaching assistant in 1979. In early 1980 he began producing and presenting shows to both students and the public.
His interest in astronomy started as a young boy in Rialto. Clarke pursued that interest by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Fullerton.
Clarke was a graphic artist at General Dynamics in Rancho Cucamonga for six years while still producing shows at SBVC. In 1992, SBVC hired him as the full-time Planetarium Production and Presentation Specialist.
"When you’re producing shows, you need that artistic ability,” said Clarke.
The 57-seat Planetarium, located next to the Greek Theatre (see map here), features a star projector which cost $100,000 in 1977, Clarke said. If it were to be replaced today, the electro-optical mechanical projector would cost approximately $400,000.
The projector can provide views from the North Pole to the South Pole, showing all the stars that can be seen with the un-aided eye on the darkest and clearest nights.
Attendance at the shows has increased and Clarke said it is an economical outing for a family.
One of the most popular shows is "The Christmas Star,’’ which is presented three times in December.
 
Calendar of Events
Galaxies
Date: September 9, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date:September 23, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Horrors of The Universe
Date: October 14, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date:October 28, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Star Tales
Date: November 18, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Christmas Star
Date: December 2, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date:December 9, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date:December 16, 2016
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
More Than Meets The Eye & Learn The Winter Sky
Date: January 6, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date: January 20, 2017
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Meet the Moon
Date: February 3, 2017
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Amateur Astronomer's Universe
Date: February 24, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Little Star That Could
Date: March 10, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
The Dawn of Astronomy: Stonehenge and the Pyramids
Date: March 24, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date:April 7, 2017
Time:6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Images of The Infinite: The Hubble Space Telescope
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tickets at the door are $3 adults, $2 students, seniors and alumni, $1 children 10 and under. Reservations are available but tickets must be picked up at the door.
 
 
 
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