Visitors to the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) at TJC have a lot to do this month. Along with the ongoing exhibits and productions, these events will take place.
Ticket prices vary depending on activity. Most shows offer tickets for $5. Tickets for All Day passes are $12 for adults and $9 for students, children, and senior citizens. Individual shows are $7 for adults and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. Exhibit only is $3. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front counter or online at sciencecenter.tjc.edu.
The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is located at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler.
Rock ‘n Roll Saturday
Rock ‘n Roll Saturday is fun for the entire family. Performances are November 18th and December 16th.
“SpacePark360” will be shown at 7pm and “Rock on Demand” at 8pm.
“SpacePark360” takes audiences on a wild, immersive ride through the solar system, recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides – roller coasters, pendulums, inverters, and more. Seen from the rider’s perspective, “SpacePark360” combines full-dome technology with thrill rides to create a heart-pounding experience.
“Rock on Demand” fills the entire 40-foot domed theater with vibrant graphics, completely enveloping visitors in a 360-degree view while the 16,000-watt, digital surround sound system plays rock hits ranging from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Doors and Aerosmith. Tickets are $5 for each show.
A Star Party Saturday
Ongoing the first Saturday of each month (8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm) – You can see a Star Party in a live presentation in CESSE’s 40-foot planetarium dome. Learn all about the stars, the planets, and the constellations as you take a tour of the night sky and travel to distant planets and beyond. There will also be a TJC astronomy professor with telescopes set up outside (weather permitting) for you to gaze at the astronomical objects with your own eyes until 10pm. Best of all, it is completely free! Live Star shows will be at 8pm, 8:30pm, and 9pm. Telescope viewing will be 8-10pm.
CESSE offers a variety of Dome Shows. CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday (doors open 9:30am-4:30pm), Saturday (doors open 10am-4:30pm). CESSE is closed on Sunday and Monday. Please call for availability due to possible field trips that have been scheduled. Daily show schedules are:
- 10am – Children’s Show (Tuesday-Friday only)
- 11am – “Live Sky Tonight”
- 12 noon – “Black Nights”
- 1pm – “Season of Light”
- 2pm – “Dream Big”
- 3pm – “Mystery of the Christmas Star”
- 4pm – “Moons: World of Mystery”
A few new shows are up this month.
“A Starry Tale” Dome Show – Constellations were created thousands years ago, and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see instruction on constellations and movement of the sun, moon, and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra.
“Mystery of the Christmas Star” Dome Show – Journey back over 2,000 years to Bethlehem and seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.
“Let It Snow” Dome Show – The show features a variety of high resolution scenery and artistic animation. While the show can run on its own, the Clark Planetarium enhanced the show with real-time and lighting effects for added variety and drama. It was extremely well received. The 30-minute program is a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, especially families.
“Season of Light” Dome Show – This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice—not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican, and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of the more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.