Giving to the UCLA Planetarium

Credit: Austin Yu, The Daily Bruin A Space to Dream

The UCLA Planetarium is a unique and intimate setting where UCLA astronomy students, K-12 students from throughout Los Angeles, and the L.A. community at large learn about the Universe at shows presented primarily by astronomy graduate students. These shows are presented at no cost during the academic year.

Major philanthropic investment is essential to modernize the Planetarium and secure the future of this beloved campus landmark.

Your support will ensure its ability to inspire children, astronomy students, amateur stargazers, and professional astronomers for generations to come.

Priority Areas

To learn how you can support the Planetarium, please contact Brooke Sanders at or (310) 794-9045.

Exploring Your Universe

The Planetarium hosts dozens of shows throughout Exploring Your Universe, UCLA’s largest annual science outreach event attended by 9,000+ visitors of all ages.

Grad students from the departments of Physics & Astronomy and Earth, Planetary & Space Sciences organize the free, day-long event, which showcases math and science departments across UCLA through dozens of fun, hands-on activities, demonstrations and experiments.

The Planetarium is one of EYU’s most popular activities, attracting hundreds of attendees to it and the adjacent telescopes.

UCLA’s award-winning Astronomy Live! program brings interactive, hands-on demonstrations and activities to local elementary and middle schools, sparking young students’ interest in astronomy and science. The program, run by Physics & Astronomy grad students, includes the participation of UCLA grad students, undergraduates, and faculty.

For high school students, UCLA offers an annual eight-week summer observing workshop on campus, introducing them to scientific research through observational astronomy. Throughout the school year, groups of K-12 students are offered free, hour-long planetarium shows highlighting basic concepts of astronomy such as celestial motion, altitude and azimuth, and the ecliptic.

Members of the public can also attend free shows every Wednesday evening throughout the year. After the show, these audiences – which include UCLA students, alumni, and parents with their children – are treated to a telescope viewing hosted by the UCLA Undergraduate Astronomy Club.