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Downing Planetarium

The Downing Planetarium

The Downing Planetarium offers a 74-seat star theater with a 30-foot hemispherical dome. The planetarium features a Minolta MS-10 star projector and can fill the entire dome with a movie. We have public programs one weekend per month on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.  The planetarium is also available for school field trips and private shows, by appointment.

Shows and Reservations

Weekend Shows

Weekend Shows

View the calendar of our current shows that are open to the public.

Weekend Shows


Our weekend shows tends to sell out. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Make Reservations

About Us

Contact Us

5320 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93710

(We are located at the corner of San Ramon and Maple, just south of Barstow Avenue. We are next to the Science II Building.)


Phone: 559.278.4071

For Immediate Assistance: Physics Department: 559.278.2371


General Public
Visitors to the Downing Planetarium can find parking in lot P15. A permit is required during normal university hours.  A parking permit is not required during public shows as they are during the weekend.  For more info on parking enforcement visit the university parking enforcement web page.

Bus Parking
Buses bringing students to the Downing Planetarium can drop students off near parking lot P15 as shown in the image below. 

Bus parking is allowed in Parking Lot P11. Lot P11 is a gravel parking lot, on the north side of Barstow Ave, east of Woodrow Ave ( east of the Animal Science Pavilion).  For more info on school bus parking click here.

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