Scobee Planetarium Public Presentations Friday Evenings in September 2019
The Scobee planetarium is open to the public at 6:00pm on Friday evenings when parking is most available on campus.
SAC’s address is 1819 N. Main Ave. with free parking in Lot 16 and the five level parking garage in non-reserved spaces. Our building featuring the distinctive blue Cheever Star Tower is located in the center of campus across from the Candler Gym and between the Nail Technical and Chemistry/Geology Buildings.
Tickets are sold 30 minutes prior to the start of each program on site in the Lackey Camp-Casper Ticket Booth.
$2/Alamo Colleges District Student or Employee with ID
$4/Child 4-17, Senior 65+ or 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:
Large scout groups are encouraged to contact the center to set-up a special 5:30pm showing for your troop. This permits more options tobetter serve the scouts needs.
The Scalan Observatory telescope is only opened following the final planetarium showing of th eeveningon Friday evenings at approximately 9:45-10pm. This is a free service that is dependent upon the weather and staffing. If you see clouds in the eveing the planetarium programs will continue; however, the telescope may not open.
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.
Friday at 6:30pm – “ Perfect Little Planet ” – This is our family show. All ages may attend. A family from another star system is embarking on the ultimate space vacation looking for the perfect spot to rest and relax. Join them and see the solar system from a distinctly different point of view. Show duration: 40 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM.
7:30pm - “The Summer 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.
Friday at 9:00 PM – “Extreme Planets" & NASA's Journey to Mars” – Children must be 6 and above to attend.
"EXTREME PLANETS" – Children must be 6 and above to attend. We now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. Explore what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place, and then travel to several worlds that just might fit those conditions. Take a tour through some bizarre worlds that exist within our own galaxy.
"NASA’S JOURNEY TO MARS” – Children must be 6 and above to attend. Prepare your yourself for STEM-related career opportunities in the future. Interest in them is pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation. NASA’s fleet of Mars robotic explorers are paving the way for human exploration of the Solar System in the coming decades. Join NASA in preparing for a monumental journey of a lifetime – to Mars! Total Show duration: 60 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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