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The Earth and Space Science Center at Tyler Junior College has reopened the Hudnall Planetarium for a daily schedule of summer shows, from Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, Aug. 29. Tickets are available online at the discounted rate of $3 per ticket.

The center is offering new private show screenings at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday through Friday for guests who prefer to reserve the planetarium for their family and friends. For $25 (or $20 for members, please call for discount code), you may reserve our planetarium theater for up to 15 people. You can select any one of our planetarium shows from the show library to enjoy. Selections include children's shows, live narrated presentations, documentary style movies, and music and holiday shows.

"Seeing! A Photon's Journey," is premiering this summer. Join famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as he takes you on a journey exploring the life of a photon. Discover how the eye works, how technology has enabled us to restore vision and prevent a variety of diseases that affect sight.

A favorite program returning this summer is the popular Space Park 360 show, which takes audiences on a wild immersive ride through the Solar System while recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides — roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more.

Show Times

9:45 a.m. — Private Show Screening (by appointment)

11 a.m. — Children's Show

12:15 p.m. — Space Park 360

1:30 p.m. — Seeing! A Photon's Journey

2:45 p.m. — The Hot and Energetic Universe

4:00 p.m. — The Sun, Our Living Star

The center is following health and safety guidelines and recommendations with spread-out seating in the planetarium, ample cleaning between shows, and social distancing markers. They also require that all tickets be purchased online for a contactless payment process.

For those who are unable to visit the center in person, the website still offers free “virtual field trips” to the planetarium on the TJC website.

These videos are designed to be great supplements to online and homeschool lessons students are already doing and anyone really who enjoys the night sky.

Topics include Phases of the Moon, Night Sky Constellations: Winter Triangle (Orion, Canis Major, and Canis Minor), and Stargazing with Star charts.

The Science Center's goal is to increase science literacy in the Upper East Side of Texas and to foster lifelong learning for people of all ages.

In 1963, Tyler Junior College (TJC) opened the first planetarium located in East Texas. Originally known as the Hudnall Planetarium, it was reopened in 2011 after a major expansion and renovation of its facilities and renamed The Center for Earth and Space Science Education.

Home to the first 40’ Spitz nano-seam domed theatre in East Texas, the state-of-the-art Planetarium features an immersive, full-dome video experience. The new theater is equipped with Digistar 5, the latest in digital projection technology.

The facility also features interactive displays and exhibits, classrooms and outdoor play spaces. For more information call (903) 510-2312 and visit www.sciencecenter@tjc.edu.

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