Art in the Planetarium
Gayle Tanaka's "Blue Print" series charts her grandparents' emigration from Japan to California, and their later experiences as farmers in Watsonville, shopkeepers in San Francisco and wartime internees in Wyoming and Arizona. The series maps family constellations of immigration, incarceration and assimilation.
"I have long been drawn to astronomical and astrological charts and maps," says Tanaka. "As a child, I loved to find the constellations in the sky. We are all actually a part of at least one fundamental personal constellation, our family. My grandparents and parents, beneath the ancient constellations, acted out their lives, creating myths for me. But unlike the ancient constellations, my position and meaning is not yet fixed. Against the backdrop of the stars, I enact my own becoming."
Come to a Planetarium show and see these works in person.
Shows and Events
The De Anza College Planetarium is one of the largest school planetariums west of the Rockies. Join us at this unique community resource for:
See more of our campus video tour on the Video Tour webpage.
We host hundreds of field trips every year from schools all over the Bay Area and beyond. Each program is tailored to NGSS standards and hosted live by the Planetarium staff. Audience questions are always welcome during these presentations.
Field trip shows are available for booking Monday–Friday from September - June. This school year field trips will be held online in a virtual setting and in-person beginning in February 2022. Programs run from 45 minutes for virtual and and hour and 10 minutes for in-person shows. Visit the Field Trips webpage for more details.
Astronomy shows are offered to the public on most Saturdays from October through May. Each presentation includes a featured fulldome show, plus a live tour of the night sky and space, conducted by our trained presenters. Audience questions are always welcome during these presentations.
Our rotating schedule features different shows each week—and you can learn about a different set of constellations during each season of the year. Check our calendar for show titles and admission prices.
Immerse yourself in vibrant images and music! Our cutting-edge Laser Fantasy system uses sophisticated software and multiple projectors to create dazzling aerial beams and captivating, colorful laser graphics on the interior of our 50-foot dome.
Each show is built around the music of a favorite artist or genre—from Pink Floyd to Michael Jackson, EDM and more! Laser shows are live events, conducted by our professional laser operators, which means each night’s performance is unique.
The Planetarium is located on the De Anza College campus, behind the Science Center building near parking Lot E.
Parking is $3 every day, including weekends. You can purchase a parking permit at the yellow machines located in each parking lot or garage.
We recommend parking in Lot E for weekend shows. Please allow time to park and purchase a parking permit before the show begins.
To book a field trip or a special event, please call the Planetarium Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Planetarium shows are offered to the public most Saturdays, October–May, between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
De Anza College Planetarium
21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014