Vast Universe presentations, laser electronic dance music (EDM) performances and children’s astronomy programs are all back at De Anza College’s Fujitsu Planetarium.
Every Saturday, the planetarium offers a variety of events, including numerous astronomy videos and films, children’s shows that offer easy-to-understand astronomy lessons, and EDM laser displays synchronized with music from popular artists. .
There are three astronomy shows that vary by weekend: exhibits on the moon, black holes, and stars, for example. Afterwards, attendees can expect a live projection of the night sky, showcasing visible planets, constellations, satellites and the moon.
Planetarium director Toshi Komatsu said the planetarium houses a star projector capable of “showing the sky from anywhere on the planet at any time: in the past, present or future.”
In addition to the star projector, there is also a digital system that allows informational videos and films related to astronomy to be shown on the dome every Saturday.
“We are very happy to have flexibility with our planetarium,” Komatsu said. “Many other planetariums have either the [amphineum] star projector or they have digital. Since we have both, it’s a benefit not only to the community, but also to our astronomy programs here at the college.
After each event, a planetarium speaker is available for an FAQ session where the locations of prominent objects in space are observed. Komatsu, along with other planetarium workers, recommends viewers bring binoculars to observe “deep sky objects” that are invisible to the naked eye.
Astronomy shows are often filled with higher level language that may not be easily understood by younger audiences. However, shows like “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” and the “Magic Tree House” program aim to help children understand the vast universe.
Yasemin Han, who attended the black hole projection on October 8, said she and her children will “look to the sky to find Jupiter, the square constellation above us, and the Andromeda galaxy” – all of which were discussed in the interactive FAQ after the show.
“I don’t have the answers to all of my kids’ questions when it comes to this stuff, so we’ll definitely be back for the other shows,” Han said.
Deanna Williams has been attending De Anza Planetarium shows since 1977 and says she will continue to attend for years to come.
“The great thing is that anyone, regardless of age, can go out and enjoy it,” Williams said.
In addition to astronomy programs, the planetarium features two EDM laser screens that feature famous music from artists like Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, and Bruno Mars — and holiday music, once it hits. closer to Halloween and Christmas.
Each show features approximately 12 songs by the featured artist, accompanied by beams of light and smoke effects, both of which can be intensified with the purchase of 3D glasses for $1 in the planetarium lobby.
“I love those shows,” Williams said. “I’ve watched their transformation and evolution over the years and it’s quite spectacular. »
“We are just delighted [to be back] said Komatsu. “We love being able to share our love of astronomy again with the public, you know, with you. »
To attend one of the programs offered by the planetarium, visit for this quarter’s event schedule and tickets.