Bechtel National Planetarium – Columbia Basin College

Bechtel National Planetarium – Columbia Basin College

Bechtel National Planetarium – Columbia Basin College

The Bechtel National Planetarium at CBC provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect (without the need for strange glasses)!

A typical hour-long show includes a 20-30 minute live presentation and a 25-30 minute full-dome movie. Presentation topics may include solar system or constellation tours, what’s visible in the current night sky, and astronomy in the news.

Opened in: 2012
System type: fixed
Category: University / College
Dome size: 11 (m) | 36 (ft)
Number of seats: 96
CEO / Director: Dr. Kristy Henscheid, Director
Official website:

Theatre Details

Theater name: Bechtel National Planetarium – Columbia Basin College
Dome Type: fixed
Dome System: Digital
Main Purpose: Education
Main Audience: School Students
Opened in: 2012
Yearly average attendance: 17000
APLF profile: Visit the planetarium page

Dome Details

Dome Vendor: ADD vendor
Diameter: 11 (m) | 36 (ft)
Dome Shape: Spherical
Dome Alignment: tilted
Dome Tilt: 15°

Video Equipment Details

Most recent upgrade: 2012
Projectors Configuration: Multi Channel
N° of Projectors: 2
Projectors Brand:
Projectors Technology:
Closest Dome Resolution: 3K
Stereo 3D: None

Audio System

Audio System: 5.1 System
Tot. N° of speakers:


Orientation: Unidirectional
N° of Seats: 96
Headrest Yes
Interactive device No

Programming & Features

Programming & Features: Educational, Experimental, Fulldome features, Traditional
Additional features:

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Contact Details

Address: 2600 N. 20th Ave., Bldg. D
ZIP / Postal code: 99301
City: Pasco
Country: USA
Continent: North America
Latitude: 46°15'6.9268680000001"
Longitude: -119°7'25.661676"
Phone: +1-509-542-4515

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