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CBC Bechtel National Planetarium Reopens for the Public Saturday

Posted Date: April 6th, 2022
Columbia Basin College
By: Glendy G Ibarra

Columbia Basin College’s (CBC) Bechtel National Planetarium will present its first public event since March 2020. On Saturday, April 9, 2022, the Planetarium will feature the film, “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson.

CBC plans to feature 19 films for public viewing, every first and third Friday at 7 pm, and every second and fourth Saturday at 2 pm. Each film, which covers a wide range of scientific topics for various ages, is accompanied by a live presentation of the night sky. Audiences will be shown the positions of planets, stars, constellations, deep sky objects, etc.

Since ticket counter sales will not be offered, all visitors must purchase their tickets in advance via Tix. Adult tickets are $8, senior tickets (60+) are $7 and children’s tickets (6-12) are $5. All visitors must fill out an online COVID-19 attestation form no more than 24 hours prior to visiting the CBC campus. Failure to complete this form will result in denial of entry to the event and no refunds will be given.

Erin Steinert, the Director for the Planetarium and Observatory, states: “After two difficult years, I am so excited to finally be able to offer the wonders of the universe to our community again! I know our patrons have been eager for this day to come, and I want to thank them for their patience and care. We are readier than ever to once again be able to teach, engage, and captivate our visitors of all ages, and to help inspire a new generation of students to look up.”

WHAT: Reopening event for public audiences
WHERE: D-building, Planetarium
WHEN: Beginning April 9. Alternating Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm.


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