The Santa Monica College (SMC) John Drescher Planetarium is presenting two special feature shows this month.

“The Kepler Mission and the Search for Earthlike Planets,” scheduled Friday, February 6th,

will take a closer look at the upcoming launch of the Kepler spacecraft, designed to survey more than 100,000 nearby stars.

Another show “Special Observing Event: Gems of the Winter Sky,” scheduled Fridays, February 20th and 27th, will take a look at the Pleiades star cluster at a time when the moon’s glare is absent. The great Orion Nebula, red giant star Betelgeuse and other wonders of the winter sky can be observed through a selection of telescopes. Images will be shown if clouds intervene.

The feature shows are scheduled at 8 p.m., and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., which re-creates the night sky and provides the latest information on space exploration.

The John Drescher Planetarium, which features the Digistar projection system, is located on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The planetarium will be closed February 13th.

Tickets are $5 each or $9 for the “double bill,” with discounts for children and senior citizens.

Information, (310) 434-4223 or (310) 434-3000.