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Planetarium On-Demand 

 

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is now offering on-demand virtual tours of the planetarium, and guided tours of the current night sky. Scroll down this web page and click on the play buttons to enjoy these fascinating virtual tours. Flat-screen versions of exciting full-dome planetarium shows are also offered here on a rotating basis for your viewing pleasure. If you are interested in viewing one of the full-dome shows below in your home, scroll down this web page to view the descriptions and trailers for the currently posted shows, and click on the "Request Virtual Show" button below to request a link to view it at your convenience.  

See the stunning objects visible in the night sky via links to videos of Virtual Deep Sky Tours and Virtual Live Moon Tours from the 16-inch telescope of McDonald Observatory located in the very dark skies of West Texas. Scroll down the page and click on the links below to see these virtual telescope tours at your convenience.

 

TAMIU's Amazing Planetarium: A Virtual Tour

 

Enjoy an exciting behind-the-scenes virtual tour of TAMIU's Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. Get a close-up look at the planetarium's state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system and the impressive digital technology utilized to project stunning 360-degree immersive video on its large dome, which is housed in an eye-catching glass pyramid with a gold pinnacle. Experience this fascinating video tour!


 

LAMAR BRUNI VERGARA PLANETARIUM IS OFFERING VIRTUAL SHOWS

 

We are offering two thrilling planetarium shows; Dynamic Earth, which explores our planet’s climate, atmosphere, and oceans; and Unseen Universe, which explores recently discovered splendors of the heavens, the new era of astronomy, and what is yet to come.  Below you will find a description of these award-winning shows and trailers. Please enjoy these shows compliments of the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium at Texas A&M International University, and Evans & Sutherland, Inc. To request a free link to the streaming site for your virtual screenings, please click on the "Request Virtual Show" button below. These shows are part of a group of exciting full-dome shows that will be offered for your private viewing on this website on a rotating basis. Monitor this web page for details about more exciting planetarium shows as they become available.  

 


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Dynamic Earth - Show Description

 

The award-winning show “Dynamic Earth” explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

 

Dynamic Earth Trailer

 

 

Unseen Universe – Show Description

 

An exciting look into cutting-edge astronomy, Unseen Universe explores the universe far beyond our human senses. For millions of years our view of the heavens has been limited by our eyes, allowing us to only see a narrow band of electromagnetic radiation that we call visible light. For the first time ever, in the greatest breakthrough since the invention of the telescope, we now have the technology to capture the Universe over an amazing width of the spectrum and beyond. Made in association with ESO and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Unseen Universe provides a stunning visual treat as we explore the latest splendors of the heavens, taking a look at the new era of astronomy and what is yet to come. To request a free link to the streaming site to view this show from your home, please click on the "Request Virtual Show" button above and select Unseen Universe.

 

Unseen Universe Trailer

 

 

TOUR OF THE SUMMER SKY - PART 1

 

Take a guided tour of the constellations of the Summer and early Autumn evening sky, discovering interesting objects that can be seen there, such as the constellations Hercules the Strong Man, Scorpius the Scorpion, and Sagittarius the Centaur. Hear legends from ancient cultures associated with these constellations. View a beautiful double star visible through a small telescope, and two massive globular clusters; systems of stars containing several hundred thousand individual stars. Also view the Lagoon Nebula, a large beautiful gas cloud containing a stellar nursery where stars are being formed. Locate the gas giant planet Jupiter and its moons. View the beautiful ringed planet Saturn through a telescope, and in a photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Enjoy this tour of some of the celestial delights of the 2020 Summer sky and its spectacular Milky Way vistas!



Observations From McDonald Observatory using
their 16" Telescope

 

As part of Texas A&M International University’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is closed until August 24, 2020 and all public programs are suspended.

During this time of social-distancing, you can check out the following telescopic tours of the sky brought to you from McDonald Observatory and the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium.  Some can be seen live and the rest were live and are now archived for you to watch.  So if you have never looked through a large telescope this is your chance to do it, virtually. Enjoy!



JOIN MCDONALD OBSERVATORY FOR a LIVE DEEP SKY TOUR
on Friday, June 12 th at 10:00 pm Central time

 

Join us for Part 5 of the Live Deep Sky Tour including views of several deep-sky targets from the dark skies at McDonald Observatory on Friday, June 12th, starting at 10:00 pm Central Time. Early Summer skies in the Northern Hemisphere are full of wonderful gems for us to explore! During the tour, host Steven Hummel will offer views from a camera attached to the research-grade RCOS 16" (0.4m) f/9 RC telescope at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center. Weather permitting, the targets are M97, or the "Owl Nebula"; M108, or the "Surfboard Galaxy"; M92, a globular cluster in Hercules; M57, or the “Ring Nebula”; and Hickson 41, or “The Box Galaxies”, which are currently visible in the night sky. Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is excited to offer this virtual Live Deep Sky Tour for your viewing pleasure. Questions can be submitted during the live chat, and Steven will answer a few questions at the end of the program.

Join the live stream or view afterward at the following URL (Weather Permitting):   https://youtu.be/KVbi7oiGekg

Please enjoy these shows that were shown live recently

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  

View Live Deep Sky Tour - Galaxies Part 3 at your convenience at URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGnQbQFgTxw

View Live Deep Sky Tour - Part 4 at your convenience at URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHjPX9JRfvM&feature=youtu.be

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

 

Moon

   

JOIN MCDONALD OBSERVATORY FOR A MOON TOUR

 

At your convenience, watch Part 2 of the McDonald Observatory Live Moon Tour and a discussion about Earth's companion, the Moon, which was held on Tuesday, May 26, at 9:00 p.m. Central Time. During the tour, host Kevin Mace offered views of the Moon and its many features which 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. Questions were submitted during the live chat, and Kevin answered a few questions at the end of the program.

At your convenience, watch the video at the following URL:  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!

 

TOUR OF THE SPRING SKY - PART 1 

 

Take a guided tour of the constellations in the Northern part of the April and May evening sky, discovering interesting objects that can be seen there, like the Big Dipper and Ursa Major (Great Bear) constellations. Hear legends from ancient cultures associated with these constellations. View a classic spiral galaxy and an amazing galaxy that survived a collision with another galaxy and see the result. View the early morning sky where three planets; Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars shine brightly.


 

TOUR OF THE SPRING SKY - PART 2

 

Continue your guided tour of the Spring sky with a look at the interesting constellations Taurus the Bull, Orion the Hunter, Canis Major (the Great Hunting Dog), Gemini the Twins, and Auriga the Charioteer, which can be seen in the Southwestern night sky during April and May. Hear intriguing legends from various ancient cultures associated with these constellations. View a stunning star nursery and a beautiful supernova remnant before finishing with a look at the three planets; Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, now visible in the morning sky.

 


Contact

Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium and Science Center
5201 University Boulevard, Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center 373A, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956.326.3128 | Fax: 956.326.2459 | E-mail: planetarium@tamiu.edu