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Moody Planetarium Features New Shows

Hope Lenamon

March 8, 2017


Ten new shows have been added to the planetarium's lineup.

Moody Planetarium

The Moody Planetarium, a branch of The Museum of Texas Tech University, now features 10 new shows that add a wider variety of topics to the planetarium's lineup.

The planetarium, which reopened March 3 after an 18-month renovation, offers laser light shows and planetarium shows. Laser shows are entertaining in nature and include a series of songs set to lasers. There are laser shows for specific bands like, the Beatles and Queen, as well as generic pop and rock shows.

"The planetarium is affordable and fun for everyone," said Caroline Reeves, Moody Planetarium manager. "It can be a fun and educational outing for the whole family, and it is an inexpensive way to get the family out of the house and to the museum."

Moody Planetarium

Planetarium shows are educational in nature and mostly cover space and space education, but a few historical shows are offered. Most shows are suitable for all ages. More information about shows and content can be found on the planetarium's website.

Shows are $5 for adults and $3 for students, senior citizens, Texas Tech faculty and staff and children 5-18. Admission is free with a military ID and for children 5 and younger.

Several shows will be featured throughout March:

  • Black Holes: Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of the black hole. This show explores the nature of black holes, how they are formed and discusses if Earth is in danger of being pulled into one. It is narrated by actor John de Lancie, best known for his role as Q in "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and is best suited for third grade and older.
  • Cowboy Astronomer: Explore the stars from a cowboy's point of view. This full-dome show includes star tales and Native-American legends combined with constellation identification, star-hopping and astronomy tidbits. It is narrated by cowboy humorist and poet Baxter Black and is appropriate for all ages. 
  • Laser Zeppelin: A 52-minute laser show featuring hit songs from the band Led Zeppelin including: "Song Remains the Same," "Stairway to Heaven" and "Rock-n-Roll." The show is suitable for all ages.
  • Laser Beatles: A 35-minute laser show featuring hit songs from the band including: "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," "Help!" and "Yesterday." The show is suitable for all ages.

Tickets for all shows go on sale 30 minutes prior to a show and must be purchased in person.

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