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The TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special occasion space located on the campus of Texas A&M International University. The planetarium is open to the public for shows, star-gazing events, field trips, and private functions; the Planetarium reflects TAMIU's commitment to service through educational engagement with the community. The TAMIU planetarium is one of the most sophisticated planetariums in the State of Texas and operates a state-of-the-art digital projection system. This new technology which was completely upgraded in late 2014, allows not only a view from planet Earth, but from any part of the known universe as well; allowing us to take audiences to spectacular unseen vistas, that can only be photographed by highly developed large telescopes. The Digistar 5 system has two 4 K projectors that project an immersive image over the entire doom that is 8 times the resolution of HD television. It uses powerful graphics hardware and software to generate immersive full-dome images and video which integrates all-dome video, real time 3D computer graphics, and a complete digital astronomy package and fantastic 5.1 surround sound.

Designed as a state-of-the-art 21st Century digital planetarium instrument, Digistar 5 projection system is a fully integrated system that replaces the need for traditional planetarium equipment such as slide projectors, special effects projectors, slew able video projectors, etc. It truly makes you feel that you are there, whether on an alien planet, deep in space, in orbit around the earth or somewhere here on the earth. Come experience the awesome beauty of the universe with us.

TAMIU Planetarium Presents “Romance Under the Stars” Valentine’s Day Weekend

ValentinesDay

This Valentine’s Day weekend, treat yourself or that special someone in your life to a special romantic evening planetarium event in Laredo. It has a romantic theme, complete with refreshments, appetizers, a box chocolates, a rose and a night of romantic legends about constellations. 

“Romance Under the Stars” is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 7 p.m. and Monday, February 13 at 7p.m. at the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium.

It is open to the public and is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Those attending must be 21 or older and have a valid ID. 

The shows will feature a presentation about the romantic love stories in Greek mythology and the constellations associated with mythical characters. Romantic music under the stars will follow with visuals from the universe.  Then after a break for food and refreshments you will see the planetarium show “A Starry Tale” on mythology with great artwork and graphics from famous artist Kagaya. 

 “A Starry Tale,” which features spectacular anime-style graphics from Japanese artist Kagaya, tells the story of constellations that were created thousands of years ago and have been handed down generation after generation. It shows the movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations with accompanying Greek myths. 

This is the third year the Planetarium presents “Romance Under the Stars.” 

For more information, contact Claudia Herrera, Planetarium staff assistant, at planetarium@tamiu.edu or call 326.2463 or visit offices the Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center, room 385.

Planetarium office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10 a.m. – 7p.m Tuesday and Thursday.  

Additional information is also available at www.facebook.com/txamiu.planetarium

Click here to purchase your tickets online.

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