Moody planetarium hosts holiday shows

Freedom Newspapers

Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family.

A little science mixed with the possibilities of what the Star of Bethlehem might have been and a holiday laser light show are a few of the things in store for visitors next week at the planetarium.

What is it?
The Moody Planetarium has been re-built from the inside out, with all new, state-of-the-art equipment, seating, sights, sounds, stars, and programs, according to a press release from Museum of Texas Tech University just prior to the grand re-opening in August. Nothing remains of the old planetarium but the distinctive outer walls, say museum officials.

Originally an 82-seat 30-foot domed auditorium, the new planetarium now has 78 seats and the most modern planetarium equipment available.

Where is it located
The planetarium is located just west of the TTU Health Sciences Center on the south side of Fourth Street in Lubbock.

How to get there:
From Clovis, take U.S. 84 southeast to Lubbock approximately 94 miles. Turn right on Quaker Avenue in Lubbock and travel 2.2 miles on Quaker. Turn east onto Fourth Street and turn in at a sign that says “Field Research”, 1/2 block west of the TTUHSC emergency room entrance on Memphis Avenue.

When to go:
The planetarium show “Winter Wonders” is open through Jan. 8. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. This program explores the winter skies and talks about the possibilities of the Star of Bethlehem and explores the foundation of many modern Christmas and Winter Solstice celebrations, according to the planetarium’s Web site.

The holiday laser light show is also showing through Jan. 8. Show times for it are 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 6 p.m. Thursday. The hi-fidelity music and laser generated images combine to produce a holiday audio and visual experience, says the Web site.

The planetarium is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Regular public observatory hours are 1/2 hour after sunset to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Admission to Winter Wonders is $1 for adults and 50¢ for students and those with college ID. It is free for kids under 5 and adults over 60.
Admission to the laser show is $1.50 for adults, $1 for students and free for kids and seniors.
There is no admission charged to visit the observatory during public hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

Information call (806)742-3774 or visit the planetarium’s Web site at: