Calendar of General Space Events

Friday, December 15.
7:00 pm: Night Sky Show
8:00 pm: A Winter’s Solstice

John Drescher Planetarium
Santa Monica College
Drescher Hall Room 223

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the show 20 minutes prior to showtime, or in person at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus; 8 a.m. to 12 noon Mon-Wed). Shows (except selected guest lectures) are held in the John Drescher Planetarium, located on SMC’s Main Campus in Drescher Hall Room 223.

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Admission to a single show or lecture is $6 ($5 for seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under). For the double-bill price of $11 ($9 seniors and children), you can enjoy both the Night Sky Show and the evening’s scheduled Feature Show or Guest Lecture.

Please Note: ALL 8:00 PM feature programs are preceded by the 7 PM “Night Sky” program described above. If you wish to see the constellations and sky motions, you want the 7:00 PM Night Sky show. All programs are subject to change in the event of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances.

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For more information contact the SMC Events Office at: (310) 434-3005 or email: events [at] smc [dot] edu.

Thursday and Friday, December 14 and 15, 7:00 pm.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory von Kármán Lecture Series. Weight Watching from Space: Tracking Earth’s water cycle with GRACE Follow-On

Speaker: Felix Landerer is a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He earned a degree in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg (Germany), and was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at JPL from 2008 to 2010. Felix studies Earth’s constantly changing hydrosphere by using data from geodetic satellites like GRACE and the ocean altimeters to understand global and regional sea level variations, and provide relevant data for water availability (e.g., aquifer storage, drought monitoring, etc.) in a changing climate. He has published numerous high-impact scientific papers on these topics, and is currently the Deputy Project Scientist for the joint NASA/GFZ GRACE Follow-On satellite project, which will launch in early 2018.

Thursday, December 14: The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL. 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA
Friday, December 15: The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College. 1570 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA
Lecture webcast —
For further information, visit

Saturday, December 15, 2:00 pm – 9:45 pm.
Los Angeles Astronomical Society Star Party

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

For directions and parking, visit

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