Robert Wollman Planetarium


The Planetarium at King High School was rededicated as The Robert Wollman Planetarium in 2011.  From 1981 to 2010, Mr. Wollman was the director of the Planetarium and a dedicated employee of CCISD.

School and Community group Field Trip visits may be scheduled to the Planetarium during the school day.  Contact Laura Peck, the planetarium director, to make your reservations at (361) 906-3400 ext. 22170 or by email at Laura.Peck@ccisd.us .

The Planetarium is open to the public on Tuesday evenings during the regular school year. Public shows combine our new digital video technology, along with the original GOTO star projector of the night sky. Show programs are posted below and will change every few months. Be sure to check back for updates.

Like outer space, our Planetarium does get cold at times. For evening shows, it might be a good idea to bring a jacket or sweater.

Announcement

Feature Presentation
Blown Away:  The Wild World of Weather

Show Times
Tuesday's 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each show time.  There is no late seating.
Reservations are not required for the Tuesday evening shows.

Admission (cash or check)
Adults:  $4
Seniors (ages 55+):  $3
Children (ages 4-15):  $3
Children under 4:  free


Moon Phases
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April 2014:

First Quarter -  April 7, 3:31 am
Full Moon - April 15, 2:42 am
Last Quarter - April 22, 2:52 am
New Moon - April 29, 1:14 am

The full Moon of April is called the Grass Moon, the Pink Moon, the full Pachal Moon, or the Blood Moon (because of the lunar eclipse).



Astronomy In The News
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Supernova 2014J observed in January located in Galaxy M82
http://www.universetoday.com/108462/astrophotographers-rush-to-capture-images-of-new-supernova-2014j/


Hubble Space Telescope sees evidence of water vapor venting off Jovian Moon
http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/december/hubble-space-telescope-sees-evidence-of-water-vapor-venting-off-jovian-moon/

A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses in 2014-2015
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/27mar_tetrad/

Schedule

The Planetarium is open to the public on Tuesday evenings during the school year. Show times on Tuesday's are 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to the show time. Arrive early because there is no late seating.

Resources

A History of the Planetarium
The Robert Wollman Planetarium Mission, History, and Vision.
Astronomy Newsletter March 2014
Information and recent discoveries in Astronomy.
Daytime Field Trip General Information
General information and guidelines for teachers and daytime field trip groups who visit the Planetarium.
FAQ's for the Public Shows
Frequently asked questions about the Tuesday evening Planetarium public shows.
Hubble Space Telescope
Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events.
McDonald Observatory
A research unit of The University of Texas at Austin located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.
NASA For Students
NASA's many journeys into air and space have deepened humankind's understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research.
NASA Science News
Provides updates from NASA Science on new discoveries about our Planet, the Moon, the Sun, our Solar System, and the Universe.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 17 

Stargazing from your home - -

The star Acrab stands to the right of the Moon as they climb into view after midnight tonight. It is at the end of a short line of three stars that represents the head of Scorpius, the scorpion. Acrab is actually a system of six stars.

Monday, April 21 

Stargazing from your home - - -
The Lyrids meteor shower should reach its peak this evening.

Tuesday, April 22 

Public Shows
"Blown Away:  The Wild World of Weather."
Showtimes:  5:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 29 

Public Shows
"Blown Away:  The Wild World of Weather."
Showtimes:  5:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Monday, May 5 

Stargazing from your home - - -
Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks this evening.

Saturday, May 10 

Stargazing from your home - -
Saturn in Opposition.
View Monthly Calendar

Contact Information

Laura Marie Peck LAPeck@ccisd.us
Teacher
King High School