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Family Fun: Dome Shows at CESSE

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Visitors to the Center for Earth & Space Science Education (CESSE) at TJC have a lot of holiday fun this month.

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 tickets are $3. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front counter or online at sciencecenter.tjc.edu. CESSE is open Tuesday-Friday (doors open 9:30am-4:30pm), Saturday (doors open 10am-4:30pm). CESSE is closed on Sunday and Monday. The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is located at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler.

Dollar Tuesdays

Dollar Tuesday is going to continue throughout the rest of the year! Meaning that all day Tuesday every show ticket is only $1. For less than the price of a soda you can watch any of CESSE’s incredible full dome planetarium shows with topics ranging from modern engineering marvels to the popular Christmas show “Mystery of the Christmas Star.” And even better, admission to the exhibit, “Roll Drop Bounce,” is included in the ticket price.

Dome Shows

CESSE offers a variety of Dome Shows. Call for availability due to possible field trips that have been scheduled. Daily show schedules are:

  • 10am – Children’s Show (Tuesday-Friday only)
  • 11am – “Let It Snow”
  • 12 noon – “Black Nights”
  • 1pm – “Season of Light”
  • 2pm – “Dream Big”
  • 3pm – “Mystery of the Christmas Star”
  • 4pm – “Moons: World of Mystery”

The holiday season has arrived at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. Dome shows with a holiday theme will be presented Tuesdays-Saturdays through December 30th, including:

  • “Let It Snow” (11am) – This 30-minute show features a variety of high-resolution scenery and artistic animation, enhanced with real-time and lighting effects for added variety and drama.
  • “Season of Light” (1pm) – 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 the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.
  • “Mystery of the Christmas Star” (3pm) – Journey back more than 2,000 years to Bethlehem for scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus.

On Saturdays, December 2nd, 9th, and 23rd, the science center will offer repeat showings of “Let It Snow” at 7pm and “Mystery of the Christmas Star” at 8pm.

Rock ‘n Roll Saturday

Rock ‘n Roll Saturday is fun for the entire family. Performances are December 16th and January 20th.

“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

January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th, May 5th (ongoing the first Saturday of each month), 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.

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