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Never stop discovering

Chemeketa's Planetarium

Offering evening shows most Fridays during fall, winter and spring terms.

Discover Chemeketa's Planetarium 

Chemeketa's Planetarium has offered astronomy presentations since 1977. The theater seats 60 people under a 35-foot dome where realistic images of stars, planets, sun and moon are projected onto the ceiling for visitors to study and enjoy.

Each year, four to five different shows are scheduled that address topics ranging from our solar system, our galaxy of stars and the universe of galaxies.

Current Show

Mayan Archaeoastronomy
Every Friday from April 5-June 7

A returning popular show from 2018. This full-dome presentation explores six different Mayan arachaeological sites in Mexico and their connection to the Mayan view of the universe. The show is visually stunning as it intertwines science and mythology to show how the Mayans viewed and understood the universe throughout their history.

All shows include a brief introduction that explores the nighttime sky over Salem during this season of the year.

Show Admission

Shows run Fridays from 7:30-8:30 pm
Tickets on sale at the door at 7:10 pm; cash-only
Seating limited to 60

Adults: $5
Children and Chemeketa students: $4