SMC’s Drescher Planetarium Presents Free Live Virtual Shows – Santa Monica Daily Press

The John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College continues its Friday night events in February 2022 with free live virtual shows presented online at This month’s user-friendly presentations will focus on the search for exoplanets and the latest developments in human spaceflight.

Friday night shows take place at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a simplified virtual summary of the popular Night Sky Show at 7 p.m., offering the latest in astronomy and space exploration. Shows include the opportunity to chat with planetarium speakers and ask questions.

Planetarium speakers are currently using the Zoom platform to present shows while the on-campus planetarium remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To watch the shows, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at

The February 2022 shows are:

• Friday 4 February, at 8 pm (after The Night Sky Show at 7 pm): “Exoplanets and how we find them” — Associate Lecturer Sarah Vincent. There are over 4,400 currently known planets around other stars, and the list keeps growing… but how? Show will discuss the missions and methods used to discover planets beyond the solar system. To free. Zoom to

• Friday 18 and 25 February, at 8 p.m. (after The Night Sky Show at 7 p.m.): “2022 Human Space Flight Preview” — Lecturer Jim Mahon. The SLS/Orion flight on the Artemis 1 shakedown, China’s space station expansion, SpaceX Dragon’s first commercial mission to the International Space Station, and Boeing’s delayed second attempt at a Starliner test flight to the ISS are just a few of this year’s events. kaleidoscope of the evolution of manned spaceflight. Show will review all of these projects, and possibly a few in the early conceptual stages. To free. Zoom to

More information is available online at or by calling (310) 434-3005. All shows are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Santa Monica College is a community college in California accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Submitted by Grace Smith

Arline J. Mercier