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Chabot College Planetarium


Chabot College Planetarium

Chabot College Planetarium
Our History

Chabot's 30-foot planetarium is one of the original facilities included in the construction of our campus in 1967.  Originally equipped with a Spitz A3-P opto-mechanical planetarium projector, and seating ~ 50 students, the planetarium has been used for astronomy lecture and lab classes, campus school visits, and shared with other disciplines as a powerful audio-visual space.  The original planetarium was installed and maintained largely through the significant efforts of Dr. Billy Smith, along with Dr. Larry Toy, both facuty emeriti of Chabot.  Scott Hildreth joined the faculty in 1989, and along with Dr. Smith, oversaw the installation of even more advanced AV switching systems and one of its first webservers, providing Chabot College with one of its most powerful education venues, and leading to the creation of one of Chabot College's - and of the California Community College system's - first fully online class in 1995.   With additional funds generously provided by local taxpayers through the Measure B Bonds, Chabot's planetarium was upgraded in 2007-2008 to include a new Spitz SciDome digital projector system, and even more flexible AV switching capabilities. 

Our Role

Today Chabot's Planetarium is used year-round for all astronomy and many physics classes, as well as for special events.  More than 800 students enjoy the facility each year, along with numerous visitors.  Although the College originally was able to provide support for faculty to host local schools and the public as part of the planetarium's mission, that funding was lost in budget squeezes in the early 1990's.  We host a free public show at least once or twice a year, and look forward to the day when more could be offered to our local schools and community.

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