The original 45-minute format for Friday evenings and Saturdays has been expanded to one hour to allow for a 15-minute night sky tour in the planetarium prior to each video presentation. The Friday schedule will now include presentations at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. while Saturday presentations will start at noon and be held hourly until 9 p.m.
A weekly night sky outdoor observation session using two 10-inch telescopes and conducted by UTPA astronomer Dr. Nicholas Pereyra will continue its previously announced schedule – Tuesday nights from 7-10 p.m. just north of the UTPA Physical Science Building. Night sky observers can also attend a presentation of one of the videos that same evening in the planetarium at 6, 7, 8 or 9 p.m.
Recently equipped with a digital projection system and surround sound, the H-E-B Planetarium will allow viewers to travel through space in three dimensions. The new full-dome videos, which will rotate weekly, include “Oasis in Space,” “Hubble Vision 2,” and “Sky Quest.”
Reservations for planetarium presentations to student groups from pre-K-12th can also be made for Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Reservations can be made by contacting Lisa Smith, planetarium receptionist, at 956/316-7088 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The planetarium is located in the Science Building Courtyard which can be located on a campus map at http://www.utpa.edu/maps. A weekly schedule of H-E-B Planetarium events and videos being presented is available at http://www.utpa.edu/dept/physci/planetarium.htm.
For more information, call 956/316-7088 or e-mail email@example.com.