Scobee Planetarium Public Presentations Friday Evenings
Holiday programming Nov 30th through December 14, 2018
Friday evenings the Scobee Education Center planetarium opens at 6:00pm for public planetarium programming when parking is most readily available in Lot 21 of the San Antonio Callege campus. 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.
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. Of course the the holiday is aligned to the winter constellations of the northern hemisphere and the possible astronomical explanations of the "Star of Bethlehem". Not the traditional children's animation for this time slot.
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 - " Mystery of the Christmas Star" - Children must be 6 and above to attend.
Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed to find the babyJesus. We’ll investigate possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this timeframe.We’ll see which of these signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylonto Bethlehem just to see a newborn King. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate our audiences.
Total Show duration: 30 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 8:30pm.
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Open Friday evenings for public Planetarium programs.
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