Scobee explores night sky with shows for children and adults

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Space aficionados will have three different options in May.

By Matthew Reyna

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Scobee Education Center is hosting a trio of public astronomy shows every Friday in May, except for a special presentation May 15.

The center will host “Attack of the Space Pirates” at 6:30 p.m., “The Sky Tonight” at 7:30 p.m. and “Saturn, Jewel of the Heavens” at 9 p.m. May 8, 22 and 29.

Brother Guy Consolmagno, planetary scientist and Jesuit brother, will present “Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer” at 9 p.m. May 15. Read the story.

Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes before each show. Capacity is exactly 100 seats.

“Attack of the Space Pirates” is a children’s themed show. The show is about a valiant star ship that protects the world from the threat of space pirates.

“This one is more for the younger boys,” said Daelyn Perez, a work-study student at Scobee. “The children’s show will always be the earliest because the kids just got out of school and we don’t want to keep them out too late.”

Children 4 and above may attend “Pirates.”

“The Sky Tonight” is a tour of the night sky in San Antonio. The show features the moon, stars, planets and constellations as seen from the city’s view of the sky.

The presentation will also include the history behind some of the visible constellations.

“Saturn, Jewel of the Heavens” is a video journey of the planet Saturn. The presentation will explore the planet’s many moons and its icy rings.

“Saturn will soon be coming into the evening sky,” planetarium coordinator Bob Kelley said. “In late May and into the summer there will be viewings of Saturn through the observatory telescope (after the presentation).”

Children 6 and above may attend “The Sky Tonight” and “Saturn, Jewel of the Heavens.”

The shows are $2 for Alamo Colleges students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. The ticket price for adults is $5. The price for seniors, military and children is $4. Consolmagno’s special presentation May 15 will cost $5 for all visitors.

Visitors should plan to bring cash or check because the center does not have a credit card machine.

Guests should arrive early as late admission to the shows is not permitted.

For more information on the events, call 210-486-0100.

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