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Scobee Education Center


The Scobee Education Center Planetarium Programming for August & September 2015.

The Scobee Education Center is located on the campus of San Antonio College with a new postal address at 1819 N. Main Ave.
Our building is approximately 1 block east of the intersection of San Pedro Ave. and West Park Street.  
Our phone number is 210-486-0100.  Look for the "silver" observatory dome atop the blue Charlie Cheever Star Tower.
Link to Google map of Scobee Education Center

The Scobee Education Center Planetarium will be open for public programming on Fridays for the following dates: August 28, September 4, 11, 18, and 25  The center is not open on weekends, except for special events. 

6:30 PM "Little Star That Could" –  "The Little Star That Could" is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm.  Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies.  Eventually, Little Star finds his planets.  Each planet is introduced to the audience along with basic information about our Solar System.  “Little Star” features exquisite digital animation and should prove a success with our youngest audiences. *Family Show.  All Ages Admitted – 6:30pm show ONLY.  Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM.   *The Scobee Education Center will be piloting the no age restriction policy for the 6:30pm program through September.  Children under 4 may sit on a parent's lap and not be charged the $4 ticket.  If the child under 4 sits in a seat, the $4 ticket charge applies.  The success of this effort is dependent upon parents' ability to assess their children's ability to tolerate the darkness and loud sounds of the planetarium environment and compliance with the under 4 lap policy.   

7:30 PM - “THE SKY TONIGHT” This program takes the audience on a “live” tour of the wonders of the San Antonio late summer/early autumn sky. The show highlights the Moon, the evening and morning planets, plus we’ll identify several of the brightest stars and constellations visible in the current night sky.  The Sky Tonight is a "live" lecture and is back by popular request.  Children must be 6 and above to attend.  Tickets go on sale at 7:00pm.  

9:00PM - "Extreme Planets" - Ever since the first humans looked towards the stars, we have wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Today, we are one step closer to knowing the answer. With the discovery of the first planet orbiting another star in 1995, we now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. Over 800 planets have been discovered orbiting stars beyond the Sun. In fact, these "extra-solar" planets appear to be quite common. In “Extreme Planets,” we'll explore what makes a planet "Earth-like" and take a tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions astronomers are looking for. Embark upon a celestial quest as we explore water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns. Children must be 6 and above to attend.  Tickets go on sale at 8:30pm.  

Parents, please do not ask us to waive the age restriction for the 7:30pm and 9:00pm shows.

 Planetarium programs tickets - Cash or Check Only.  Ticket sales begin 30 minutes prior to show time at the Ticket Office.  No Credit Cards are accepted at this time.  Capacity is exactly 100 seats.  Come early, as programs sell out to capacity audiences regularly.  Shows start promptly and late admission is not permitted.  Tickets and seating are "first come-first served."  No reservations taken, unless you book a birthday party with our center that includes a planetarium presentation

Children age 4 through 17 - $4.00 per show
Adults age 18 and above - $5.00 per show
Seniors 65 and above - $4.00 per show
Military with ID - $4.00 per show
Students, faculty, & staff of Alamo Colleges $2.00 per show with current ID card. 

New Z2 Spacesuit Photo exhibit

During our Grand Opening last fall, Dr. Vela, president of San Antonio College, received numerous glowing comments from Scobee patrons about the Mark III spacesuit we borrowed from the Johnson Space Center in Houston.  After it was returned, Dr. Vela authorized the fabrication of a new photo spacesuit exhibit to take its place.  This new exhibit makes its debut the evening Aug. 28th for the Scobee Planetarium patrons attending the evening's programs. 

The Z2 is a unique design that combines many of the better features of the award winning Z1 suit and modifications that will complement use with exploration vehicles on distant worlds. The early design is planned for testing aboard the International Space Station in 2017.

The space suit worn by "Buzz Lightyear" resembles this design, so we are sure you will find it to be futuristic in appearance and a fun photo spot in our center.

Teacher Open House Events

Teachers - Welcome to the 2015-16 school year!  We hope that your first weeks of the new school year have been both exciting and productive for you and your students.

The Scobee Education Center will be holding a FREE Open House specifically for teachers on Wednesday, Sept 9 and Thursday, Sept 10 from 6-8pm on each evening.  These evenings are designed for teacher professional development and not intended to be 'family nights'.  See the events listed below for family and community events currently on the calendar.  If you have not yet visited our new center, this is your opportunity to do so, at no cost, see a planetarium program, learn about how we can enhance your STEM instruction and walk away with TEK based activities for your classroom.  If you come for the full two hour evening, you can also earn 2 CPE's.  RSVP for the event and share with your colleagues.

Sept 9 6-8pm  Register at:

Sept 10 6-8pm  Register at:

Contact Jennifer Becerra at for more information

STEM-Mania at Scobee!

On Saturday, September 19th from 9am - 12pm in the Scobee Planetarium, Ewing Halsell hall and Mays North Lobby of the first floor the San Antonio College's Office of Partnerships & Extended Services and Scobee Education Center are hosting children's author and scientist Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, a scholastic book fair and activities for elementary and middle school students.  This event is free and open to the public.

International Observe the Moon Night Sept 19th

The evening of Saturday, September 19th is International Observe the Moon Night.  Since observing the moon does not require rural dark skies or a telescope, the Scobee Education Center invites the public to join the area astronomy clubs at McAllister Park and the Pearl Brewery for their events to watch the moon for this global evening event.   Watch this space and the Scobee Education Center Facebook page for updates. 

Total Eclipse of the Moon on Sept 28, 2015

On Sunday, Sept 28, 2015, the Scobee Education Center invites you to join us on the Powell Star Deck and the open lot 21 to the south of our building for this lunar eclipse that will reach totality at 9:47pm.  We are developing this activity with astronomy students at SAC and inviting area astronomy clubs who may wish to participate.  Watch this page and the Scobee Education Center Facebook page for more details as this event takes shape.   Mr. Eclipse Web Site:


Teacher Pre-Mission Workshop for the Fall

Right now, ISD's are registering their classes for Challenger Learning Center missions through the ISD Contact for the 2015-16 school year. Submit your registration form before Sept. 30th to have a better chance of acquiring your choice of dates.

Teachers are required to attend a Saturday Pre-Mission Workshop to provide the TEK aligned instructional materials and the management considerations for their missions.  October 3, 2015 from 8am to 4pm is the next workshop scheduled to serve teachers planning to bring their classes between Oct 2015 through Feb 2016.  The next pre-mission workshop will be scheduled for January 16, 2016.  Teachers may indicate their preference for dates on their registration forms, but this Oct 3 date was added to accommodate teachers unable to attend the late August date.

Contact Jennifer Becerra at for more information.

For more information, visit our Facebook Page


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Contact Information

General Information:  210-486-0100

Gina Gutierrez, Secretary/Reservations
Phone: 210-486-0103

Rick Varner, Center Director
Phone:  210-486-0402

Bob Kelley, Planetarium Coordinator
Phone: 210-486-0101

Jennifer Becerra,
Lead Flight Director/Academic Program Coordinator
Phone:  210-486-0955

1819 N. Main Ave.
San Antonio, Tx 78212

Approximately 1 block east of the intersection of San Pedro Ave. and West Park Street.