For a view of space from Earth, you can visit the planetarium at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland. Images of planets, stars, and faraway galaxies light up a big domed screen. (510) 336-7373, www.chabotspace.org .
For a view of space from Earth, you can visit the Taylor Planetarium at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., where images of planets and stars light up a domed screen. (406) 994-3466,www.museumoftherockies.org .
For a view of space from Earth, visit the planetarium at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Images of stars, planets, and faraway galaxies light up a huge domed screen. (503) 797-4610,www.omsi.edu .
There’s a reason space tourists pay $20 million a pop for cramped accommodations and barely edible food: the view. Now any earthling can enjoy an astronaut’s perspective at View from Space, a new attraction at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. With satellite images projected onto a globe six feet in diameter, you can watch hurricanes form off the Gulf Coast and airplanes soar into world hubs. Part of the globally focused Energy Gallery, the sphere also uses graphics to show climate changes and energy use by country. The images pack a punch when you realize the swirling blue ball is not a tourist destination, but home. (408) 294-8324, www.thetech.org .
Photography by Sean Arbabi 
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