Solar System Community Day
On October 1st Scobee hosted its first center-based community event in nearly two years. Our Solar System Community Day was aligned to the International Observe the Moon Night and gave us the perfect opportunity to introduce some of the solar and lunar eclipse activities we will share more often in the coming years.
Families consisting of roughly 450 guests took part in NASA activities, educational lessons related to the sun-earth-moon relationships, viewed the sun through specially filtered telescopes and attended planetarium presentations. Community partners set up exhibits and their own solar system activities to make for an exceptional event.
We’d like to thank our dedicated volunteers and partnering organizations for their support of this event and look forward to working with them again in the future:
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Wex Foundation
UTSA Graduate Physics Students SA Astronomical Association
SAC Society of Physics Students Bibliotech
Astronomy on Tap Robert Reeves Photography
New Orleans Soul Food & Cajun The Ice Factory
La Fiesta del Sol
Last spring, NASA recognized the Scobee Education Center as a Community Anchor Program through the CAAT TEAM II grant process. The focus of this award is the preparation of our community informal and formal educators for the solar eclipse events that will occur on October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024. The Scobee team is planning for professional development programs with teachers, area Boy and Girl Scout leaders, and members of the Alamo STEM Ecosystem. The “Celebration of the Sun” in the Bear County Region will be an event that all will want to experience, not once but twice!
Scobee Planetarium upgrade delivers new, more immersive experience
August 5, 2022
Office of Marketing & Strategic Communication
Visitors to the Scobee Planetarium will have a much better look at the universe thanks to a new, upgraded digital system.
The Digistar 7, a state-of-the-art planetarium system, was installed in June to provide better quality imagery and the ability to bring livestreamed events and shows from around the world to the domed ceiling of the planetarium.
“This brings a new capability of bringing space down to earth, to show the wonders of our cosmos to the public in a way that could never have been done before,” said Michelle Risse, planetarium coordinator at the Scobee Education Center.