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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

Back to the Moon for Good
Every Friday from January 11-March 15

This term’s planetarium show is about the plan to return to the Moon with the help of private organizations. Narrated by Tim Allen, the Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. The first stage of the XPRIZE concluded with at least five private companies having launch contracts and hoping to land on the Moon within the next two years.

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 7:15 pm; cash-only
Seating limited to 60

Adults: $5
Children and Chemeketa students: $4