Rock ‘n Roll Saturdays, New Dome Shows, and Star Parties


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

On Exhibit: “Oceans: Acid vs Life”

Currently on exhibit, become immersed in marine life and how coral reefs grow and thrive in CESSE’s newest exhibit “Oceans: Acid vs. Life.” Admission is included in the price of any show ticket or $3 for the exhibit only.

Ocean acidification has been described as potentially the greatest environmental threat, yet few have heard of it. Studies show that oceans have experienced a 30% rise in acidity in recent years, and its impact is said to have changed fish behavior, making them more vulnerable to predation and affecting the biodiversity of the coral reefs, upsetting the ecological balance of the seas.

Science center visitors can learn more about this scientific study through the exhibit of seven interactive video stations. Energetic young explorers can crawl through a life-size replica of a coral reef.

A display of shells offers a new perspective on the diversity of reefs; and visitors can more closely examine coral, sponges, and other marine life under a microscope.

Rock ‘n Roll Saturdays

Held monthly, Rock and Roll Saturdays is fun for the entire family.

Performances are February 18th, March 18th, April 15th, May 20th, June 17th, and July 15th.

“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-Gazing Party

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 for you to gaze at the astronomical objects with your own eyes. Best of all, it is completely free!

More Info

Most shows offer tickets for $5. All Day Passes gives you admission to all scheduled shows for the date of purchase. The day pass is a great deal for anyone who wants to see more than one show. Tickets are $9-$12.

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is located at 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler.

Theater seating is limited for some events. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front counter or online at sciencecenter.tjc.edu.

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