Scobee Planetarium Public Presentations Friday Evenings
January 18 & 25, 2019
Friday evenings the Scobee Education Center planetarium opens at 6:00pm for public planetarium programming when parking is most readily available in Lots 16 & 23 of the San Antonio College campus. These lots are accessed from 1819 N. Main Ave and require a two block walk west through campus to our center. Tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to the start of each presentation in the Lackey Camp-Casper Ticket Booth located in the center. Online advance sales and reservations are not available. Seating is first come, first seated and the theater has a 101 seat capacity. Please, do not request that staff waiver the age restrictions for the 7:30pm & 9:00pm programs.
$2/Alamo Colleges District Student or Employee with ID
$4/Child 4-17, Senior 65+ & Military with 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:
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.
The Lunar Eclipse Watch Party will take place weather permiting on the roof of the five-level parking garage located at SAC near 1819 N. Main Ave. 7-10:30pm Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. Free. Food Trucks, vendors and local community organizations will be present.
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 "Accidental Astronauts"' - This is our family show. All ages may attend.
Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space to explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer.
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 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: "Ice Worlds" & "Experience the Aurora"
Ice Worlds - The delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life has been a topic of scientific inquiry for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we'll examine the ecosystems that exist and thrive there and learn how their survival is connected with our own.
Experience the Aurora - Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, our crews captured time-elapsed images of the Aurora Borealis. The results are spectacular. The aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in full dome theaters.
Total Show duration: 51 total minutes. 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.
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