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Chemeketa Community College
Admission: $2.50 for Adults or $5.00 for Families with the Oregon Trail card.
Chemeketa’s Planetarium hosts astronomy presentations during the fall, winter and spring terms, student presentations and the Salem Astronomy Club. The Planetarium is located at in Building 2, Room 171, at the Chemeketa Salem campus, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE.
The Chemeketa Community College Planetarium opened in the fall of 1977 and has offered astronomy presentations during the fall, winter, and spring academic terms ever since. Currently, public shows are scheduled most Friday evenings at 7:30 and last about an hour. The theater seats 60 people under a 35-foot dome. A special “star” projector is mounted in the center of the room which projects realistic images of the stars, planets, sun, and moon onto the ceiling for visitors to study and enjoy. During the academic year, 4-5 different shows are scheduled that address topics which cover the solar system, our galaxy of stars, and the universe of galaxies. All shows include a brief introduction in which we explore the nighttime sky over Salem during this season of the year.
Current Show Information:
From Earth to the Universe
Show dates: Fridays Jan. 8 – March 18
Mankind has been on a journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greeks, to today’s great telescopes. Thanks to the efforts of the European Space Agency, our audience will be taken from home to the edge of the Solar System and beyond to distant stars and galaxies, using our full dome projection capabilities.
All shows include a brief introduction that explores the night sky over Salem during this time of year.
Recorded information about our current show is available by calling the Planetarium at 503.399.5200.
“Salem For All!” consists of a group of interested citizens and a coalition of participating organizations in the community of Salem. Our goal is to be a resource of valuable and meaningful experiences for members of the Salem community and providing free or low cost tickets to people of low incomes. These opportunities are developed to allow “All!” individuals to partake in the meaningful and fulfilling opportunities that can improve the quality of their lives and give them hope.