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Independence Planetarium

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The Independence Planetarium was constructed as a joint project by the East Side Union High School District and San Jose Community College District, and opened in the Fall of 1977. Today the Planetarium provides a variety of educational programs for high school, intermediate school and elementary school students. Programs are presented by the Planetarium director and Independence High School students.

Transportation: Valley Transit Authority (VTA) 408 321-2300

Planetarium Photos

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Important Links

Visit the Independence High School website.
Check out the Santa Clara County Science Teachers Association

TEACHER WORKSHOPS: 1 and 2 day workshops at the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/workshops/
Bryan J. Mendez, Ph.D.
Education & Public Outreach Specialist
Center for Science Education
Space Sciences Laboratory, MC 7450
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-7450
Phone: (510) 643-2178 Fax: (510) 643-5660

Popular Independence Planetarium Provides Valuable Astronomy Education

East Side Union High School District students use the planetarium as well as students from Watsonville to Livermore to Palo Alto.

More Parents are Attending Planetarium Programs

There is an increase in the number of parents attending planetarium events with their children. Both parents and children enjoy sharing the common experience of seeing a visible night sky of 4000 stars.

More Articles


New Planetarium Blog


Current Moon Phase
Current Lunar Phase
Provided by U.S. Naval Observatory

Our Solar System

MacDonald Observatory Skytips

2007 Western Alliance Conference

In 2007 we recognize and celebrate events such as the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the International Polar Years, and the International Heliophysical Year. These will all converge at the 2007 Western Alliance Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Project Stardust

San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers

Take a look at the charts we've prepared, to help you identify the planets after sunset.

Google Earth - Search, Explore, Discover


Photos of the March 1st Planetarium Event

You should have been there. The event was informative, entertaining, and delicious!

Planetarium Continues Extensive Collaboration with Community

Participants are able to enjoy guided views of the clear night sky at the telescopes with the astronomers. Everyone enjoys the unique evening activities and the opportunity to view so many night sky objects.

Santa Clara County Science Teachers Association

Recently a new SCCSTA Board met at the County Office of Education to prepare new programs for 2004.

Mars Rover In Real Time

There are many interesting websites to view and watch the Mars Rover in action. Some of these websites are in real time and you can view photos taken practically on the spot.

Overfelt Gardens and the Moon Festival

Annually, on the third Sunday in September, rain, wind or shine, Planetarium Director, Gail Chaid and San Jose Astronomical Association members participate in the Overfelt Gardens Moon Festival.

Expressions of Appreciation

We receive numerous letters of appreciation from students and the community on a regular basis. They let us know how thankful and grateful they are to have such a value resource in their community.

San Jose Astronomical Association will do star parties free for your school or community group. Call Jim VanNuland at (408) 371-1307 to arrrange a star party.

SJAA Hotline: (408) 559-1221

NASA Educator's Resource Center
Some Resources used in the planterium are available atthe ERC.
Take VHS tapes with you to make copies.

The Randall "Super Stars" in Ms. Chen's 3rd grade class visited the planetarium and wrote about their experiences. Have a look and see what these students learned during their visit. "We Loved the Planetarium"

NASA Ames Research Center
Moffet Field, CA 94035-1000
(650) 604-3574

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