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Notice

As part of Texas A&M International University’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is closed until May 31, 2020 and all public programs are suspended.

During this time of social-distancing, you can go to the “On-Demand” page of our website and take a virtual tour of the amazing LBV Planetarium, enjoy a virtual guided tour of the constellations, planets, and other magnificent objects in the current night sky. You can also request an emailed link to view the currently posted full-length free planetarium show from a list of shows that will be made available on a rotating basis, and watch virtual presentations about astronomy and other topics of interest.

Monitor our website and our Facebook page for the latest information on these initiatives. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium soon.

Planetarium Director



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JOIN MCDONALD OBSERVATORY FOR A LIVE MOON TOUR on tuesday, may 26th at 9:00 P.m. CDT

Please join us for Part 2 of the McDonald Observatory Live Moon Tour and a discussion about Earth's companion, the Moon. It will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 9:00 p.m. Central Time. During the tour, host Kevin Mace will offer views of the Moon and its many features that are visible through the 16" telescope at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is excited to offer you this Live Moon Tour for your viewing pleasure. Moderators of the live chat will take audience questions, and Kevin will answer a few questions at the end of the program.

Join the live stream or watch the video afterward at the following URL (Weather Permitting): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj0KHC7BFYs

View Live Moon Tour - Part 1 at your convenience at URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_q5fQ1mDnY  

Enjoy this great opportunity to virtually observe the moon!

 

JOIN MCDONALD OBSERVATORY FOR A LIVE DEEP SKY TOUR

At your convenience, watch Part 3 of the McDonald Observatory Live Deep Sky Tour, which was held on Friday, May 22nd, at 9:45 pm Central Time. During the tour, host Steven Hummel offered views of M63, or the "Sunflower Galaxy", M94, or the "Cat's Eye Galaxy", NGC 5364, NGC 3628, or the "Hamburger Galaxy", and Abell 1367, or the Leo Galaxy Cluster, which are currently visible in the night sky, and talked about the mysterious expansion of the universe due to Dark Energy. The live stream was broadcast from the dome of the RCOS 16" (0.4m) f/9 RC telescope at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is excited to offer this virtual Live Deep Sky Tour for your viewing pleasure. Questions were submitted during the live chat, and Steven answered a few questions at the end of the program.

At your convenience, watch the video at the following URL:  https://youtu.be/EGnQbQFgTxw

View Live Deep Sky Tour - Galaxies Part 1 at your convenience at URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v4Ff41_T-s

View Live Deep Sky Tour - Galaxies Part 2 at your convenience at URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWSiOHaw9wo  

Enjoy this great opportunity to virtually observe some of the amazing objects in the night sky!

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Director’s Message

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is a community outreach of Texas A&M International University serving the students and public of south Texas.  We live in an extraordinary age of exploration of our universe.  Our goal is to fire the imaginations of young people about discovering the wonders of life on our earth, the wonders of our universe, and the fascinating journey of scientific discovery, encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM areas. We also endeavor to inform and entertain the public with shows featuring many of the fascinating places in our universe that are being discovered every day.  We do this with our state-of-art projection system that immerses our audience, surrounding them completely with a spectacular audio-visual extravaganza.  Come explore the universe with us at the speed of imagination!


About Us

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium, named after a Laredo philanthropist, opened to public in April 2005. At that time, it was one of only 14 new-generation Digistar 3 digital projectors in the United States. The 40 foot dome of the planetarium is inside a four-sided glass pyramid topped with a gold leaf pinnacle. The glass pyramid planetarium building is a shining beacon at Texas A&M International University, and is one of the foremost attractions of Laredo. The Planetarium was upgraded in 2014 to a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system from one of the leading planetarium manufacturing companies in the world which can show the view from any part of the known universe.  One of the most sophisticated planetariums in the State of Texas, this system has two 4K digital projectors that display a 360˚ video image on our 40 foot dome that is 8 times the resolution of 1080i HD television. Eight to ten times brighter than the previous projection system, this system immerses the audience in a truly spectacular visual environment with great depth of field and rich colors which has to be seen to be appreciated!  The upgraded 5.1 surround sound system provides an immersive auditory experience, truly making you feel that you are there, whether on an alien planet, deep in space, or somewhere here on earth.

To get an idea what it is like to be immersed in a video show extravaganza at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium please click on our planetarium commercial link below.