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Schreder Planetarium 

A vision that started in the spring of 1979 when the Schreder Planetarium was opened. We serve as a multi-media science education facility. Now we embark on a journey of bringing the fascination of astronomy and science to a greater audience.

Committed to bring scientific, educational and informative programming to northern California for every age. Our programs are diverse ranging from scientific documentaries to science fiction stories. Schreder Planetarium is open for school field trips weekly with reservation and evening public shows twice a month.


The Facility

In the spring of 1979 the Schreder Planetarium was opened in Redding as a multi-media science education facility serving the students and citizens of Northern California. The planetarium provides student and community education in Astronomy and Space Science. Capturing the passion and curiosity of children, teenagers and adults, the planetarium is a beautiful, domed theater in which a realistic and scientifically accurate simulation of the night sky is created, using a highly specialized digital projector. The Digistar 3 projector uses powerful graphics hardware and software to generate immersive full-dome images on the interior surface of a dome, integrating all-dome video, real time 3D computer graphics, and complete digital astronomy.

  • Approximately 1,500 square feet
  • 10 meter domed theater 
  • 65 seats
  • Built by architects Nichols & Woodward
  • Contractor was Ken Gifford
  • Served thousands of children and community members since opening
  • The only astronomy public education center in the north state
  • Students ranging from as south as Roseville on up to Oregon have been educated and motivated by the offerings of the planetarium.


 A Planetarium vs. an Observatory 

A planetarium is a building which houses an instrument for projecting images of the stars, constellations, planets and other astronomical phenomena onto a domed ceiling.

Typical systems can be set to display the sky at any point in time, past or present, and often show the night sky as it would appear from any point of latitude on Earth. Our fulldome technology enables our visitors to experience the night sky as visible from Earth, as well as other points of origin.

An observatory is a building which houses telescopes used to view astronomical, climatological, and meteorological events and needs clear skies to view the night sky.  In an observatory, you would step up to the telescope to view an object, as opposed to sitting in comfort in a theater seat to view a planetarium show.


Schreder Planetarium

Nathan Fairchild
Science Coordinator

1644 Magnolia Ave
Redding CA 96001

Recorded Show Info: 530.225.0295

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