After being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moody Planetarium at the Museum of Texas Tech is now open.
The planetarium has shows from Tuesday to Sunday and is closed on Mondays. There is no capacity limit and masks are not mandatory.
Day care centers and summer camps are welcome. Cash and credit cards are accepted for admission and group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
The shows for the month of June include:
• Astrobreaks: Astrobreaks is a new program from the Moody Planetarium at the Museum of Texas Tech University that projects the Saturday night sky to show you which constellations and stars will be visible on Saturday night.
• Extreme planets (for levels 6 and above): A little over a decade ago, there were no known planets orbiting sun-like stars outside of our own solar system. Since 1995, however, rapid developments in detection techniques have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets, the pace of discovery increasing steadily. While it will be years before we have direct images of the surfaces of these worlds, this show gives us an idea of what they might look like – up close and personal! In this original production, we’ll explore the idea of what “earthly” even means, and take an immersive journey to multiple worlds that may spark the imagination, but are no longer science fiction.
• iPop (laser show): This laser show presents the following music: “Baby” by Justin Bieber with Ludacris; “All the way to the top” by Emily Osment; “Naturally” by Selena Gomez; “Cannot Be Tamed” by Miley Cyrus; Jackson’s “ABC” 5; Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” with Beyoncé; “La Grille” by Daft Punk; “Halfway” from Big Time Rush; Victorious’s “Freak the Freak Out” with Victoria Justice; Ashley Tisdale’s “Masquerade”; “I Gotta Feelin ‘” by the Black Eyed Peas; Far East Movement “Rocketeer” with Ryan Tedder; and “Firework” by Katy Perry.
• Cowboy Astronomer: Explore the stars from a cowboy’s perspective. This full-dome planetarium show is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star jumps, and astronomical information – all told from the point of view unique of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning about the sky along the way. Told by cowboy comedian and poet Baxter Black.
• Laser Beatles: This laser show features the following Beatles songs: “Magical Mystery Tour”, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”, “Twist and Shout”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Nowhere Man”, “Help!” “Yesterday”, “Octopus’ Garden”, “Revolution”, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band” and “A Day in the Life”.
For a schedule of other upcoming shows, visit the planetarium online at www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/visit/planetarium.php
For more information, contact the museum at [email protected] or 806-742-2432.
Ticket prices for the planetarium
• Adults (18-64 years old): $ 6
• Seniors (65 and over): $ 4
• Students (4-17 years old): $ 4
• Students (with ID card): $ 4
• 3 years old and under: free
• Military / veterans + a family member (with identity card): free