CBC reopens the planetarium with a movie under the stars

Image via Facebook Event: Public Broadcast – “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”

PASCO, Wash. — For the first time since the pandemic began in March 2020, the Bechtel National Planetarium at Columbia Basin College (CBC) will be open to the public for screenings at the facility.

According to an alert from CBC staff, the planetarium will reopen to the public on alternating Fridays and Saturdays for the next few months. That means it will host events every first and third Friday at 7:00 p.m. and every second and fourth Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PST.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, the Planetarium will host a filming of the feature film “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity” with narration by esteemed actor Liam Neeson. It will be accompanied by a live presentation of the night sky that displays the positioning of planets, stars and even constellations.

“After two difficult years, I am so excited to finally be able to offer the wonders of the universe to our community once again,” said Erin Steinert, director of the planetarium and observatory. “I know our customers have been looking forward to this day, and I want to thank them for their patience and attention. We are more ready than ever to be able to teach, engage and captivate our visitors again. all ages, and to help inspire a new generation of students to research.

The Bechtel National Planetarium is located in Campus Building D at 2600 N 20th Ave in Pasco. Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance as the box office has not reopened (click here to visit this website).

Adults are $8, seniors (65+) are $7, and children ages 6-12 are only $5. Additionally, you must complete a COVID-19 Attestation Form within 24 hours of your screening time to meet college pandemic guidelines.


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