Fifth Anniversary Celebration Planned May 1 for TAMIU Planetarium  
Posted: 04/22/2010

Celebrate Five Years of Exploration at the
TAMIU LBV Planetarium on May 1

For over five years, the Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium has delighted audiences—young and old—in English, Spanish, and even rock ‘n’ roll. To celebrate its anniversary, the LBV Planetarium has scheduled many events, including the Laredo premiere of “Attack of the Space Pirates,” Saturday, May 1 starting at 11 a.m.

General admission to shows is $5 and $4 for children, seniors and TAMIU students, staff and alumni.
There is no fee for the other scheduled events.

“Our newest show is the first action-adventure space show that we’ve shown at the LBV Planetarium and it’s one that is sure to appeal to the whole family, including young teenagers,” said Gerardo A. Perez, director, LBV Planetarium.

“Attack of the Space Pirates” is about a band of pirates searching for powerful alien technology to use against the universe. Only one valiant ship, the Intrepid, can keep the pirates from total space domination. Show times are 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

“We will also have lots of games, prizes, hands-on activities, face paintings, a pirate costume contest, along with many other surprises throughout the celebration. In commemoration of Space Day, we will have a special presentation of one of our most popular shows, ‘Bella Gaia: a Poetic Vision of Earth from Space,’ ” Pérez added.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 11:00am
    Doors Open

  • 11:30am
    Planetarium Show - “Attack of the Space Pirates”

  • 12:15pm
    Planetarium Show – “Attack of the Space Pirates”

  • 12:30pm
    Pirate Treasure Hunt Game 

  • 1:00pm
    Planetarium Show – “Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef”
    Planetarium Show – “Attack of the Space Pirates”
  • 2:30pm
    Planetarium Show – “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure”

  • 3:00pm
    Out of this World Essay Contest Winner Announcement

  • 3:15pm
    Pirate Costume Contest

  • 3:30pm
    Dance performances by Diana Rendón Academy

  • 4:00pm
    Planetarium Show – “Attack of the Space Pirates”

  • 4:30pm
    Pirate Treasure Hunt Game 

  • 4:45pm
    Planetarium Show – “The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather” 

  • 5:30pm
    Planetarium Show – “Attack of the Space Pirates”

  • 6:15pm
    Planetarium Show – “Attack of the Space Pirates”
  • 7:00pm
    Special Presentation of “Bella Gaia: a Poetic Vision of Earth from Space”

  • 8:00pm
    Special Presentation of “Bella Gaia: a Poetic Vision of Earth from Space.”

For more information, contact Pérez at 326.2606 or

For more information on the LBV Planetarium, call 326-DOME (3663) or visit

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at

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