Planetariums, Observatories & Astronomy

Butte County

Chico Community Observatory; Chico. Operates on clear nights, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays year-round. Summer: Sunset to 10:45pm; Winter: approx. 6-9pm. Explore the night sky in an outside viewing area with docents who lead discussions. Take a peek through telescopes inside the building. Free. 1 Observatory Way, located near Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park; look for sign at intersection of Wildwood Ave. & Observatory Way. (530) 487-4071.


Schreder Planetarium; Redding. This 1700-square-foot planetarium with 10-meter projection dome offers a quality simulation of the night sky & features engaging programs that blend science, technology, engineering, math & imagination. The lab environment supports pre-K–12th grade studies. 1644 Magnolia Ave. Field trips: (530) 225-0243; Show times: (530) 225-0295.

Star Parties; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Join members of the Shasta Astronomy Club seasonally to view the amazing sights in the sky. Telescopes provided. Free event; weekly park pass $10. Monthly or bi-monthly viewings held at Mt. Shasta Mine Loop trail parking lot. Begins 30 minutes after sunset, weather permitting. & (530) 242-3454.


Mt. Shasta Star Gazers Club; Mt. Shasta. Promotes interest in astronomy & its related sciences. Educational & fun. Monthly meetings, free public star parties & other events. All are welcome. For info email

 Updated December 2016 LS
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Updated: Dec 28, 2016 @ 2:14 am