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):
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 Magic Tree House Space Mission"
 


Feature Presentation Tuesday 7:00 pm show time:
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"




Moon Phases
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September 2014:

First Quarter - Sept. 2, 6:11 am
Full Moon - Sept. 8, 8:38 pm
Last Quarter - Sept. 15, 9:05 pm
New Moon - Sept. 24, 1:14 am

The full Moon of September is called the Fruit or Harvest Moon.



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 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 no 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 August 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

Tuesday, September 23 

5:30 pm Public Show
"Magic Tree House Space Mission"
7:00 pm Public Show
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"
Autumnal Equinox

Tuesday, September 30 

5:30 pm Public Show
"Magic Tree House Space Mission"
7:00 pm Public Show
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"

Tuesday, October 7 

5:30 pm Public Show
"Magic Tree House Space Mission"
7:00 pm Public Show
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"

Tuesday, October 14 

5:30 pm Public Show
"Magic Tree House Space Mission"
7:00 pm Public Show
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"

Tuesday, October 21 

5:30 pm Public Show
"Magic Tree House Space Mission"
7:00 pm Public Show
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"

Tuesday, October 28 

5:30 pm Public Show
"Magic Tree House Space Mission"
7:00 pm Public Show
Google Lunar XPrize "Back To The Moon For Good"

Tuesday, November 4 

Planetarium Closed

Tuesday, November 11 

5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Public Shows

Tuesday, November 18 

5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Public Shows
View Monthly Calendar

Contact Information

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