Public shows at the Scobee Education Center Planetarium are presented only on Friday evenings when parking for the general public is available on campus. NOTICE: SAC’s new address is now listed as 1819 N. Main Ave. However, our building is approximately 1 block east of the intersection of San Pedro Avenue and West Park Street. The phone number is 210-486-0100. Parking is free in Lot 23 in non-reserved spaces. The planetarium theater will be closed on Good Friday and during Spring Break.
Friday at 6:30pm – “LITTLE STAR THAT COULD” – This is our family show. All ages may attend. "The Little Star That Could" is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to the audience along with basic information about our Solar System. Show duration: 40 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM.
Friday at 7:30 PM – “The Sky Tonight” – Children must be 6 and above to attend. This program takes the audience on a “live” tour of the wonders of the San Antonio 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.
Friday at 9:00 PM – DOUBLE FEATURE, “Losing the Dark” and “Two Pieces of Glass”
“Losing the Dark” – Children must be 6 and above to attend. 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 Pieces of Glass” – Children must be 6 and above to attend. 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. Two Small Pieces of Glass puts you in the middle of a modern star party. 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.