Celebrate World Asteroid Day with an evening of space talks, space rocks, and out-of-this-world science. Hear from Asteroid Day founders from the B612 Foundation about how they’re working to promote asteroid awareness around the world.


Explosive Asteroid Talks
(African Hall)
7:00pm - 9:00pm,

Hear from space scientists and learn about how scientists discover Asteroids, the reality of Asteroids and how to hunt for Meteorites.
7:00pm -  Dr. Lynne Jones of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
8:00pm -  Asteroid expert Scott Manley
9:00pm -  Everyone’s favorite “meteorite hunter” Geoff Notkin.

Dive Deep into Deep Impacts

6:30, 7:30 & 8:30, Catch the Academy’s latest original planetarium show Incoming!, narrated by George Takei—an immersive, all-digital show exploring asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins and catch a Q&A with Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Clark Chapman after the 7:30 show.

The Space Above
(Project Lab)
6:00pm - 10:00pm,
View real meteorites on display and pick up skywatching tips from the Robert Ferguson Observatory, Chabot Observatory, and the Academy’s own Morrison Planetarium team.

Intergalactic Grooves
6:00 - 10:00pm,
 Space jams by DJ Luiza-Sá Davis (No Sé)


FOOD & DRINK A variety of food options are available at NightLife from 6:00-9:30 pm, including The Academy Cafe, The Terrace located in the West Garden, and The Academy Cafe Food Cart located in the front lobby. Enjoy a different fresh seasonal "craft on draft" cocktail at each NightLife bar area designed by our resident mixologist Shane McKnight! All bars accept cash and credit cards.


6:00-7:45 pm, Osher Rainforest—explore a lush, four-story rainforest that's teeming with life.

6:00-10:00 pm, Discover a world of dazzling live animals and shimmering scientific specimens in Color of Life

6:00-10:00 pm, Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed—Marvel at rarely-seen fish and invertebrates from little-known reefs and learn about Academy scientists who travel to mysterious underwater depths.

PLANETARIUM UPDATE Please note: Planetarium seating is limited . Admission is available to NightLife guests on a first-come, first-served basis. No passes required. We recommend arriving 20 minutes prior to showtime.

PLEASE BE ADVISED Special programs and lectures may have limited seating and admission will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.


Planetarium Shows

6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Narrated by George Takei, Incoming! explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System.

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