17 Of The Best Planetariums in Texas

Planetariums featuring space and astronomy programs, as well as, science and technology centers can be found around Texas. These planetariums will present educational and entertaining shows about astronomy and the night sky. A dominant feature of most planetariums is the large dome-shaped projection screen which show scenes of stars, planets, and other celestial objects that can be made to appear and move realistically. Below you will find 17 Texas planetariums listed.

Abilene

The planetarium is a great resource for the students of Abilene schools, and also a wonderful family activity with programs for a small fee a couple times a month.

University of Texas - Arlington

Arlington

Discover the universe during UTA public shows, events, private field trips and private parties. This planetarium is one of the three largest in Texas.

BASF Planetarium

Clute

In the lobby before the shows at the planetrium you can enjoy interactive computer stations, Images from Hubble, Spitzer & Chandra telescopes with the latest news about our solar system.
The 87 reclined seats and Digistar 5 all digital projection system at Texas A & M University - Commerce in the 40 foot dome provides amazing sights and sounds for the audience.

Cook Center Planetarium

Corsicana

This large circular theater with a 60 foot diameter dome screen and 200 seats is primarily used as a Navarro College classroom and as a field trip destination for area schools and community organizations.

UTPA Heb Planetarium

Edinburg

 

Their aim is to capture the imagination of UTRGV students and the broader RGV community through the power of STEM education and the wonder of space. The UTRGV Planetarium is hoping to serve a unique international, multicultural, and rapidly-growing area
This planetarium is only open for field trips during the school year. They will announce public shows in the summer.
The planetarium now features Digistar 6 which enables visitors to fly through the universe, experience the vastness of space, roam planetary surfaces, navigate asteroid fields, and watch the latest fulldome shows.
Admission is free and open to the public for shows every Friday evening.
Located on the campus of Central Texas College, the planetarium offers visitors a journey through time and space, using state-of-the-art equipment to project on our 60-foot dome for planetarium sky shows, large format films, and laser light shows.
Moody offers visual spectacles at a very reasonable rate with shows that feature information about space including breathtaking visual scenery of the night sky and outer space. They also have laser shows with exciting music and accompanying images.

Science on a Sphere at IMAS

McAllen

This digital globes are six feet in diameter and animated by four projectors deonstrate the jplanet's mysteries like animal migrations, hurricanes and tsunamis, melting sea ice, and night sky
They offer star talks and dome shows on a 360 degree state-of-the-art Digistar 5 system with 3D capabilities in the Educational Discovery Dome. Also variety of programs are held in the Science Center throughout the year for guests.

Stephen F. Austin Planetarium

Nacodoches

This planetarium is one of the most sophisticated in Texas with a 50' nano-seam dome and a 4K Digistar 6 projection system which projects stars and planets from anywhere on the Earth with digital precision. Full-dome shows use stunning visual effects, vivid colors, motion and surround sound for thrilling voyages of discovery

ASU Planetarium

San Angelo

This planetarium contains a combination of a Sci-Dome HD digital projector and large tilted dome theater. The Sci-Dome HD projector is capable of projecting more than 500 million stars and celestial objects.

Scobee Planetarium

San Antonio

The planetarium that has been at San Antonio College since 1961 was renovated in 2014 and is open to the public Friday evenings for three presentations.
The iconic copper dome at the 40' planetarium has been recently remodeled and provides a spectacular, immersive experience. Featuring the new Digistar 5 projection system, programs combine HD full-dome video, 5.1 surround sound and astronomical images to bring the wonders of space to the visitors.

Similar to IMAX, the Digistar 4 offers giant-screen transfer capabilities that can present not only astronomy and other science-based programming but also expansion into geography and history.

 

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