Final 2017 Planetarium Programs for December 15, 2017
Public Scobee Planetarium programs are only available on Friday evenings rain or shine (or twinkle) with the doors opening at 6:00pm. Presentations are provided at 6:30, 7:30 and 9:00pm. There is no late entry to the programs once they begin.
6:30 Season of Light - Family Presentation all ages 36 min
7:30 Winter Sky Tonight Live - Children must be 6yrs or older 45 min
9:00 Special "Lady Bird" Johnson High School Choral Presentation + Mystery of the Christmas Star - Children must be 6yrs or older 50 min
Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each start time.
$2/Alamo Colleges Student or Employee w/Active ID
$4/Child 4-17yrs, Seniors 65 yrs+, Military w/ID
The Little Star that Could - This is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Grades: pre-K-3rd. 36 mins. Trailer (Available in Spanish)
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket - Embark on a celestial adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system inside their “cardboard spaceship” guided by their navigator – a talking astronomy book. Grades: pre-K-3rd. 40 mins. Trailer
Other available Planetarium shows for students and private screenings:
While the snow machine is being used, the Scanlan Observatory & Telescope will not be open in December.
The center will be closed during the ACD winter break from Dec. 20th through January 2, 2018. The planetarium theater will remain closed on Friday, January 5, 2018.
If you are an educator and are interested in learning more about how you can reserve the planetarium for your class of 25 or larger Monday through Thursday, please call 210.486.0100 or email us. Parents, you can share this page with your child's teacher and we would be happy to help them make reservations for their class. There are no remaining private planetarium presentations remaining to be scheduled this summer.
Educators may download descriptions of the Scobee Planetarium programs descriptions and aligned TEKS at: https://challengerscobee.org/educators/
For general information about booking a private Planetarium screening, please visit our Contact Us page.
Dynamic Earth - Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate system, with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. Grades: 3rd and above. 25 mins. Trailer
Two Small Pieces of Glass - Relive the creation of the telescope as two students interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Grades: 3rd and above. 23 mins. Trailer
Experience the Aurora - Witness one of nature’s most magnificent displays – the Northern Lights. Grades: 4th and above. 26 mins. Trailer (Available in Spanish)
Ice Worlds - In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, audiences will examine the ecosystems that live and thrive there and see how their survival is connected with our own. Grades: 4th and above. 25 mins. Trailer (Available in Spanish)
From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, we experience the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. Grades: 4th and above. 21 mins. Trailer
Secret Lives of Stars - We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives with Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean Luc Picard in the Star Trek TV series), as our guide through Space. Grades 5th and above. 15 mins. Trailer (Available in Spanish)
Attack of the Space Pirates - Embark on a thrilling adventure that has something for everyone: alien planets, exploding stars, black holes, evil villains and a series of space battles that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Grades: 5th and above. 38 mins. Trailer
Black Holes - Narrated by actor John de Lancie (“Q” in the Star Trek TV series), this space adventure explores the history, physics, and mystery of black holes. Grades: 6th and above. 40 mins. Trailer
Check our News/Events for updates on special Planetarium presentations and Center events.
6:30pm -“Season of Light” - This is our family show. All ages may attend.
This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican & Hopi Indian.
Show duration: 35 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM
7:30pm - “The Winter Sky Tonight LIVE” - Children must be 6 and above to attend.
This program takes the audience on a “live” tour of the wonders of the San Antonio seasonal sky. The show highlights the Moon, the evening and morning planets, plus we’ll identify several of the brightest stars and constellations visible in the current sky. The Sky Tonight is a "live" lecture.
Show duration: 45-50 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 7:00pm.
9pm -Special Johnson High School Choral presentation + " Mystery of the Christmas Star "
A modern retelling of the Christmas Story that journeys back 2000 years to seek a scientific explanation for the star or other astronomical events that were so significant as to guide so many to Bethlehem.
Show duration for double feature: 50 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 8:30pm.
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