Travel to space every week at the OCC Planetarium | arts and culture

Have you ever wondered if the planet Mars really tastes like a Mars bar? Have you ever wanted to travel to space with Elon Musk, but you can’t afford it?

Here’s the next best thing.

Once a week you can experience your own space journey. Every Wednesday between 2 and 3 p.m. you can sit, listen to music and watch the cosmos at the Orange Coast College Planetarium.

The OCC Planetarium was first built in 1959 as part of the campus expansion. Over the years, several add-ons have been configured to help advance the technology. Plans were still underway to demolish and build a new state-of-the-art facility. Once the right resources were allocated, the project started on June 16, 2016 and ended on March 22, 2019.

The main feature of this spacecraft is the state-of-the-art domed theater, which can accommodate 125 travelers per launch. The planetarium has many exhibitions on the screen which range from “Foucault’s Pendulum”, “Science On A Sphere” and “The Sos Explore”. In the future, the planetarium hopes to offer rotating exhibits. Don’t forget to take a piece of history with you on your journey back to Earth. The planetarium offers a range of trinkets, books and your very own telescope. Just visit the gift shop before you go out and remember that profits go back to the planetarium.

If you cannot come on Wednesday at the time indicated, you can visit the Planetarium on Saturdays for one of the upcoming shows.

Arline J. Mercier