Visit the moon and planets in our solar system, break out of our solar system,
and even leave the milky way galaxy!

Meet the newest addition to the Museum’s EXPLORATION SPACE INITIATIVE:
“Space Portal Odyssey Capsule” or, as we affectionately call it, “SPOC”


SPOC is a portable digital planetarium system.

Its 6 meter dome has a seating capacity of 40 adults or 60 children.

We use Nightshade simulation and visualization software for teaching and exploring astronomy, Earth science, and related topics.

SPOC’s unique fish eye lens allows 360 degree viewing – so perfect viewing from any position under the dome. We can also play some movies using it.

Did we mention that SPOC is portable? Which allows us to take it almost anywhere.

Learn more about the new Exploration Space Initiative
and how you can be involved.

Book “SPOC” now,
at the Museum or at your location!

At the Museum:
$8 per student/youth when booking a tour
(includes admission)

At your location:
$420 for ½ day
(2 programs serving up to 80 students)
$640 for a full day
(5 programs serving up to 200 students)

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SPOC Education Programs

My Moon, My Sky (PK – 1st grades)
Students travel through space to observe, recognize, and understand the Earth and the Moon. Students will grasp a better understanding of Earth’s rotation causing the day/night cycle and revolution creating the seasons by observing the Earth’s and the Moon’s movements. Students will be asked to describe objects in the sky such as clouds, the Moon, and stars (including our Sun). Students will observe and describe celestial objects in relation to their size, location, shape, color, and texture.
TEKS: K, 1st–5A, 6CD, 8BC

SEMS – Sun, Earth, Moon System (1st – 5th grades)
Students identify and compare the physical characteristics of the SEM system and observe the rotation of the Earth through the day/night cycle. Students observe the relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon which lead to the lunar cycle and solar/lunar eclipses. A brief fly through the Solar System shows the relative position and orbital pattern of the eight major planets in relation to the Sun.
TEKS: 1st–3BC, 6CD, 8BC; 2nd–6CD, 8D; 3rd–6C, 8BCD; 4th–8C; 5th–6C, 8CD

Trip Through The Solar System (6th– 12th grades)
Students are guided on a galactic adventure through our solar system. Students visit each of the eight major planets in our solar system and learn about each planet’s physical and chemical properties, location, orbit, and natural satellites. Students observe how the tilted Earth rotates on its axis causing day and night and how its revolution around the sun results in the changing of seasons. Students learn that our Sun is a medium-sized star and how a distant stars’ temperature and color are used to determine its size. A brief overview of past, present, and future planetary explorations is discussed and the importance of the Earth’s position in the “goldilocks zone” is reviewed.
TEKS: 6th–8B, 11ABC; 7th–9AB; 8th–7AB, 8ABCDE, 10A

Eclipse: Countdown to Totality (PK – 12th grades)
On August 21st there will be a total solar eclipse over parts of the U.S. Students get a sneak peek of the upcoming eclipse in our portable planetarium and learn about the alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon which cause an eclipse.

BONUS! For Educators
Book a planetarium program and receive Pre and Post Program Guides including:
• Content background for teachers
• Important vocabulary
• Hands-on activities for your classroom that reinforce content
• Pre and post program student assessments

Check out the full list of all our education programs.

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