Scobee Planetarium Public Presentations Friday Evenings
The Scobee planetarium will be closed for the week of April 15th to upgrade to the new Digistar 6 Projection System. We will reopen for school groups from April 22nd through April 25th and close again for the Fiesta Friday holiday in San Antonio on April 26th.
The programs to be shown in May are listed below:
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:
The Scobee Education Center will be closed on the following Fridays: April 19 and April 26, 2019.
The Scanlan Observatory telescope opens following the 9:00pm Friday Planetarium presentation if weather and staffing permits. Cloudy skies or high probability of precipitation will prevent the observatory from opening.
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 "Attack of the Space Pirates" - This is our family show. All ages may attend.Prepare for some galactic fun as the crew of the spaceship ‘Intrepid’ race to recover a lost technology, a device that will revolutionize our travels through the Milky Way. Battle cosmic “bad guys” and visit alien worlds, exploding stars, and a black hole as we attempt to evade the space pirate. Show duration: 40 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM. **Parents should consider loud sounds and action sequenses for their younger children before attending.
7:30pm - “The Spring Sky Tonight LIVE” - Children must be 6 and above to attend.
This program takes the audience on a tour of the wonders of the San Antonio seasonal sky as presented by the Scobee astronomers. 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.
9:00pm - Double Feature ,“Losing the Dark” & “Two Small Piecs of Glass” Children must be 6yrs or older to attend
“Losing the Dark”– Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The yellow glows over cities and towns – seen so clearly from space – are testament to the billions spent in wasted energy lighting up the sky.
“ Two Small Piecs of Glass ”– Galileo's telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our views of the cosmos and our place within. It is a revolution which, four hundred years later, continues. Today you can attend star parties where amateur astronomers set up their telescopes for public viewing. Views through such telescopes would have amazed Galileo. Discover the wonders that even a small amateur telescope can reveal and learn about the scientists that made such views possible.Show duration for double feature: 1 hour. Tickets go on sale at 8:30pm.
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Open for Planetarium Programs & Challenger Learning Center missions by reservation only on Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5p.m.
Open Friday evenings for public Planetarium programs.
Please check the schedule.