We are very excited about the changes that are happening at our Science Center. Beginning Monday September 30 - Friday October 4, we will be closed as we update our planetarium theater to a brand new Digitarium Aethos system, which uses 4k laser projection technology to create vibrant, immersive experiences in the 40-foot Hudnall Planetarium.
We’re proud to be the first science center in the state to have this system. The first Digitarium Aethos system was installed in Eugene, Oregon, last year, so we are only the second center in the country to have it.
Along with this new system, we are also updating the name of our Science Center. Taking a cue from our humble beginnings in the 1960s, the Center for Earth and Space Science Education will now be known as the TJC Earth and Space Science Center featuring Hudnall Planetarium.
From 1963 to 2010, TJC’s Hudnall Planetarium introduced countless East Texas schoolchildren to science and space. When the lights dimmed, all eyes turned skyward, and imaginations were sparked as the mysteries of the universe unfolded. We are honored and humbled to continue in that same mission "to inspire the mind towards science- one visit at a time", which is reflected in our new name.
Our new Hudnall Planetarium system will premiere on October 5th for the first star party of the 2019-2020 year. This is a free event, open to the public, and will be held from 8:00pm-10:00pm. Along with telescopes for viewing (weather permitting), there will be free live presentations in our newly updated Hudnall planetarium at 8:00pm, 8:30pm, and 9:00pm. You may RSVP for the event at the link below.