The Scobee Planetarium Public Programming for August 18, 2017.
Friday evenings parking is readily available on the SAC campus which leads to our only public programming being offered on this one night of the week. Parking is available in Lot 21 of the San Antonio College campus from San Pedro Ave and W. Park Ave. Parking tickets may be issued for vehicles that park in lots or spaces specifically reserved for staff and faculty, but all open student parking areas are available to the public.
The doors to the center open at 6:00pm on Friday evenings and tickets are sold on site only 30 minutes prior to each program. We currently provide credit card, cash and check sales.
6:30pm "Accidental Astronauts" Family presentation open to all ages Follow the adventures of Cy, Annie and their dog Armstrong as they take an unexpected trip into space. This is a 35 minute animated presentation. Tickets go on sale as soon as the doors open at 6:00pm.
7:30pm The Sky Tonight Live Children must be 6yrs or older for this presentation This is a Live presentation of the night time sky as seen from San Antonio that highlights the moon, planets and the brightest constellations and stars visible during this season. Tickets go on sale at 7:00pm for this popular presentation.
9:00pm Double Feature: "Secrets of the Sun" and "Tales of the Maya Skies" Children must be 6yrs or older for this presentation
Secrets of the Sun - An intimate look at the roles the sun plays in the life of our solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the sun to the mass ejections of materials into space, we experience the power of the sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately the Earth. 21 minutes in length.
Tales of the Maya Skies - Come explore the beauty of Chichen Itza, Mexico, the 'seventh wonder of the modern world.' This presentation inspires and educates through its description of the Maya's accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the universe. 35 minutes in length.
These tickets go on sale at 8:30pm
The Scanlan Observatory is only available after the 9:00pm planetarium presentation, if weather and staffing permits.
The Scobee Planetarium ticket sales have been brisk during the 30 minutes prior to show times. It is encouraged that visitors arrive early, if they plan to be seated. There are only 101 seats in our theatre and the shows often sell out.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office inside the Scobee Education Center 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets may be purchased with credit card, cash or check.
Seating is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups should be together at the time of ticket purchase to ensure that all members of the group are present when the doors close. Shows start promptly at the designated times and due to the nature of the planetarium theatre, late entry is not permitted. Shows last 40 to 60 minutes in length.
Birthday parties renting the spaces in the Scobee Education Center are provided 25 seats in the planetarium show following their gathering. These individuals are seated first as a result of this agreement. The Scobee Education Center does not sell advance tickets or take reservations separate from these birthday party agreements for Friday night shows. Birthday reservations are subject to availability of the Briefing Room, Mays North Lobby or programming.
See show schedule for age restrictions. Age restrictions will not be waived for the 7:30 and 9:00pm programs.
Children (ages 4 - 17) - $4.00 per show
Adults (18+) - $5.00 per show
Seniors (65+) and military with ID - $4.00 per show
Alamo Colleges District personnel with ID - $2.00 per show
The Scobee Education Center is located within the San Antonio College campus and, while the campus address is 1819 N. Main Ave, this will bring you to the east side of campus with no direct access to our center.
It is far easier to locate San Antonio College's west side of campus and San Pedro Avenue. From San Pedro Avenue, you will turn east onto W. Park Avenue. This will bring you into the campus and you will see the large, blue Cheever Star Tower on your left. This iconic architecture is located on the corner of our center and the "front door" to the center is on the terrace closest to this tower. You may park free in Lots 21 or 29 without a decal, but should not park in Lots 20 or 22 as these are reserved for faculty and staff. Lots 20 & 22 may result in a ticket.
Public programming is available on Friday Evenings only. School, camp and community group programs are available by reservation only during other times and dates. It is recommended that large scout and community groups prearrange their own programs instead of meeting at the public presentations in order to have everyone in their group seated. If you are coordinating a large group, please, contact our center to make special group arrangements during weekdays prior to the Friday evening public performances. 210-486-0100 or sac-ScobeeCtr@alamo.edu
The planetarium will be closed to the public on Friday, August 25th & Friday, September 1st. The entire Scobee Education Center and planetarium are closed on the following dates for college vacations, holidays and private events: November 24, December 22 & 29, 2017.
Partial Solar Eclipse Celebration Monday, August 21st 11:40am - 2:38pm
Monday, August 21, 2017 is being called the "Great American Eclipse" as the event's path of totality bisects the country from Oregon to South Carolina. The last total eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979 and the next one occurs in 2024. On August 21st, San Antonio will experience a partial eclipse.
The Scobee Education Center will host a series of free activities in the middle of the day to celebrate and educate for this unique event. 1,000 special solar filter glasses have been purchased to distribute, while supplies last. Only program participants will be provided these free resources and we are asking that families share the glasses to ensure safe use for children and broader participation. SAC Student Life, Flamingo Rey's Island Ice and MWS BBQ & Catering LLC are all joining the Scobee Team with tasty end of the summer treats for purchase. If you or your community group is interested in participating as the lead for a related activity in support of this event, please, contact Scobee Planetarium Coordinator Michelle Risse at email@example.com or 210-486-0101.
Activities being provided: pinhole projector/viewers, UV Bead and skin safety activities, San Antonio Area parks and Recreation, CPS Energy, Booz, Allen Hamilton Consulting and Analytics, San Antonio College MESA Student Projects, NASA's Live tracking of Totality across the country will stream on the planetarium dome, Solar Telescopes and astronomers from Scobee, SAC and SAAA, and 1,000 ISO 12312-2 solar filter glasses. More activities and volunteer organizations are joining the program each day.
Some resources and articles for your consideration:
The Ranger: http://theranger.org/2017/05/04/16773/
Goddard Space Flight Center Eclipse web site: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/solar.html
Space.com, "Where, When, and How to see it safely" https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.htm