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) 994-6917 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

Public Shows Program Information
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The Planetarium is open to the public on Tuesday evenings during the regular school year.


Tuesday Night Admission (cash or check only):
Adults:  $4
Seniors (age 55+): $3
Children (ages 4-15): $3
Children under 4: Free

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. 

Feature Presentation Tuesday 5:30 pm show time:
"The Astronaut"

 
Feature Presentation Tuesday 7:00 pm show time:
"Ibex: Search for the Edge of the Solar System"


 

Moon Phases
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January 2015:
Full Moon - Jan. 4, 10:53 pm
Last Quarter - Jan. 13, 3:46 am
New Moon - Jan. 20, 7:14 am
First Quarter - Jan. 26, 10:48 pm

The full Moon of January is known as the Moon after Yule, the Old Moon, or the Wolf Moon.


Astronomy In The News
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Successful launch of NASA's Orion Spacecraft

A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses in 2014-2015


Schedule

The Planetarium is open to the public on Tuesday evenings during the regular school year. Show times are 5:30 pm, or 7:00 pm. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes prior to each show time. Be sure to arrive early because there is not late seating once the program has begun. School and community group field trip visits may be scheduled to the Planetarium during the regular school day. Contact the Planetarium for more details.

Resources

A History of the Planetarium
The Robert Wollman Planetarium Mission, History, and Vision.
Astronomy Newsletter December 2014
Information and recent discoveries in Astronomy
Astronomy Picture of the Day
NASA's astronomy pictures of the day.
Daytime Field Trip General Information
General information and guidelines for teachers and daytime field trip groups who visit the Planetarium.
Earth Picture of the Day
Earth Science picture of the day
FAQ's for the Public Shows
Frequently asked questions about the Tuesday evening Planetarium public shows.
Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
International Astronomical Union (IAW) working group for planetarium system nomenclature.
Hubble Space Telescope
Your guide to constellations, deep-sky objects, planets, and events.
Imagine the Universe
NASA site intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe.
Mars Rover
Curiosity Rover
Mars Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity Mars Rovers
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.
Space Weather
News and information about the Sun-Earth environment
StarChild
A learning center for young astronomers.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 27 

5:30 pm Public Show
"The Astronaut"
7:00 pm Public Show
"IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

Tuesday, February 3 

5:30 pm Public Show
"The Astronaut"
7:00 pm Public Show
"IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

Friday, February 6 

Stargazing from your home - -
Jupiter in Opposition

Tuesday, February 10 

Planetarium Closed

Tuesday, February 17 

5:30 pm Public Show
"The Astronaut"
7:00 pm Public Show
"IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

Saturday, February 21 

Stargazing from you home - -
Conjunction of Venus and Mars

Sunday, February 22 

Stargazing from you home - -
Conjunction of Venus and Mars

Tuesday, February 24 

5:30 pm Public Show
"The Astronaut"
7:00 pm Public Show
"IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

Tuesday, March 3 

5:30 pm Public Show
"The Astronaut"
7:00 pm Public Show
"IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

Tuesday, March 10 

5:30 pm Public Show
"The Astronaut"
7:00 pm Public Show
"IBEX:  Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

Monday, March 16 

Planetarium Closed

Tuesday, March 17 

Planetarium Closed

Wednesday, March 18 

Planetarium Closed

Thursday, March 19 

Planetarium Closed

Friday, March 20 

Planetarium Closed
Stargazing from your home - -
Vernal Equinox
View Monthly Calendar

Contact Information

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