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 will be CLOSED from Friday December 19 through Tuesday January 6.




Moon Phases
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December 2014:
Full Moon - Dec. 6, 6:27 am
Last Quarter - Dec. 14, 6:53 am
New Moon - Dec. 21, 7:36 pm
First Quarter - Dec. 28, 12:32 pm

The full Moon of December is known as the Moon before Yule, the Full Cold Moon, or the Long Nights Moon.


Astronomy In The News
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Successful launch of NASA's Orion Spacecraft
http://www.nasa.gov/content/successful-launch-of-orion-heralds-first-step-on-journey-to-mars/

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

Schedule

The Planetarium will be closed for the winter break from December 19 through January 6,

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.
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

Sunday, December 21 

Winter Solstice

Monday, December 22 

Planetarium Closed

Tuesday, December 23 

Planetarium Closed

Wednesday, December 24 

Planetarium Closed

Thursday, December 25 

Planetarium Closed

Friday, December 26 

Planetarium Closed

Monday, December 29 

Planetarium Closed

Tuesday, December 30 

Planetarium Closed

Wednesday, December 31 

Planetarium Closed

Thursday, January 1 

Planetarium Closed

Friday, January 2 

Planetarium Closed

Monday, January 5 

Planetarium Closed

Tuesday, January 6 

Planetarium Closed

Monday, January 19 

Martin Luther King Holiday
View Monthly Calendar

Contact Information

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