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Brazosport Planetarium

Launch your imagination into outer space at the BASF Planetarium!

  • Take a tour of the planets and moons of our solar system.
  • Learn to identify constellations in the same planetarium as NASA astronauts.
  • Journey to the edge of the universe with your entire family.
  • Affordable ticket prices and new shows every month make the BASF Planetarium a perfect destination again and again.

BP 2021/2022 Season

Big Astronomy

September 2021
*Tuesdays in English at 7:00 PM
*Thursdays in Spanish at 7:00 PM

Lords of the Solar System: Jupiter & Saturn

October 2021

Tuesdays & 4th Friday, 7:00 PM


Fall Astronomy Day

October 16, 2021

 

November 21

A Common Place in the Universe

November 2021

Tuesdays & 4th Friday, 7:00 PM

Season of Light

December 2021

Tuesdays only, 7:00 PM

Scholastic Bowl

February 3, 2022
7:00 PM

Spring Astronomy Day

April 9, 2022

  • About
  • Volunteer
  • Membership
  • History
  • Affiliations
  • Tours
  • Special Events
  • Leadership

About Brazosport Planetarium

Brazosport Planetarium advances its mission to connect our community with the scope, working and beauty of the physical universe and seeks to develop a more scientifically literate community by serving families, diverse populations, students, young professionals and community leaders in Brazoria and adjacent counties through accessible weekly planetarium shows, high school classes, special outreach, workshops, mission based social events and lectures and emphasizing our competitive advantage of proximity, affordability, family friendliness and educational entertainment. We are sustainable by the support of The Center for the Arts & Sciences, fees & membership dues, school district support, ticket sales, local grants, mission-based fundraisers and the generosity of our donors.

In the Planetarium Lobby:

• Interactive computer stations and displays

• ViewSpace: Images from Hubble, Spitzer & Chandra telescopes with the latest news about our solar system, updated daily by astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland.

• Lobby is open to the public at no charge before Planetarium Shows. Planetarium shows are recommended for ages 5 – adult.
For more information, please call The Center’s main office at 979-265-7661.

BASF Planetarium Shows (September – May)

Every Tuesday and 4th Friday – 7:00 PM

 

BASF Planetarium Shows (June – August)

Every Tuesday and Friday – 7:00 PM

Admission:

Adults – $5.00

Child (12 & under) – $3.00

Volunteer with Brazosport Planetarium

Brazosport Planetarium offers many opportunities to volunteer to help us fulfill our mission of connecting our community with the scope, working and beauty of the physical universe.

Volunteers are needed to help welcome guests to planetarium shows, organize and present special events, such as our Spring and Fall Astronomy Days, serve in leadership positions and to host special outreach and “star parties” to local schools and civic organizations.

Volunteer positions:   These positions are for shows on Tuesday and Friday nights as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Docent – Hospitality Person–   You would greet guests when they come in and help them feel welcome to explore the exhibits and displays in the lobby and in the dome.  Sometimes the dome will be closed while preparing for the show so the guests need to discover the lobby computers and displays. 

Presenters or “Edutainers”  – This person needs to have some acting skills  to entertain our guests as well as educate them.  The scripts will be written already so delivery of the content is all this person needs to do.  A love of Astronomy and Space will help.

Tech person –  This person will run the computers.  They will bring the stars and space to the guests in the Dome.  If you loved playing video games at some time in your life you will be the perfect person for this volunteer position. 

If you are interested in volunteering and would like more information, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Helms, at (979) 265-7661.

You may also email us at ahelms@bcfas.org or complete the Volunteer Interest Form online.

Membership

Full Circle Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2021)

Enjoy an exciting season at The Center (and beyond) with memberships to each Partner Group with this “all in” membership! Price is valid through October 31, 2021.
Membership includes:
Basic Brazosport Fine Arts Council Membership (voting level membership) + $30 Donation to BFAC Operating Endowment Fund
Single Artist Brazosport Art League Membership
Flex Tickets to Brazosport Center Stages (5 adult tickets – reservations required)
Individual Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership
Individual BASF Planetarium Membership 
Flex Tickets to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (5 adult tickets- reservations required)

Brazosport Planetarium Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2021)

Individual single admission to all shows
Family & Friends 4 admissions to all shows
Patron 6 admissions to all shows, recognition in the BASF Planetarium lobby & discount on Spectacular Science workshops (Summer at The Center)
Sponsor Patron benefits plus guest pass
Show Sponsor Sponsor benefits plus recognition for 1 show
Lifetime free admission for a lifetime
Annual Underwriter Show Sponsor benefits plus recognition for
all shows on website, eblast & LED marquee (as available)

Memberships tickets must be redeemed by reserving seats (general admission) prior to each BASF Planetarium show. Reservations may be made online, in person or by calling (979) 265-7661 during The Center’s regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM). Membership tickets may also be redeemed at the planetarium 30 minutes prior to each show, pending availability.

History of Brazosport Planetarium

Brazosport Planetarium is a resident program of The Center for the Arts & Sciences and is based in the BASF Planetarium, a special addition to The Center that opened in 1984.

Brazosport Planetarium started its life as the Brazosport Nature Center & Planetarium. Its first director was Bryan Adams, who also served as the Astronomy teacher for Brazosport ISD. After Mr. Adams’ retirement, the planetarium director position was assumed by his teaching successor, Judi James. Ms. James is the current planetarium director and, along with Brazosport Planetarium leadership, continues to develop high-quality and enriching planetarium shows each month.

Brazosport Planetarium Affiliations

Brazosport Astronomy Club is a group of people interested in the study, enjoyment and sharing of astronomy. No dues. No telescope needed. Astronomy Club member outreach includes school star gazes and other events to encourage education and enjoyment of astronomy!

Currently, the club is on hiatus as it reorganizes and strategizes to meet the needs of our community. Check this space often for updates and planned events, including our semi-annual Astronomy Days!

Brazosport Planetarium Tours

The BASF Planetarium’s 30-foot dome theater seats 72 visitors. Student groups visit the BASF Planetarium and either the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science or the Art Gallery rotating between the two venues.

Visits are scheduled in the morning Tuesday – Friday. Approximately one and one half hour is needed plus travel time for your visit.

Please complete the form here to request a tour. A planetarium representative will contact you soon.

Brazosport Planetarium Special Events

Astronomy Day

Each Fall and Spring, Brazosport Planetarium hosts Astronomy Day. On this day, our local advocational astronomers set up their telescopes and hands-on astronomy activities in the parking lot of The Center for the Arts & Sciences. When the skies are clear, participants are encouraged to view celestial objects in our night sky. The event starts promptly at 4:00 PM and lasts until 10:00 PM. In addition to the telescopes and related activities, the planetarium will present a short show periodically throughout the evening. This is event takes place “rain or shine” and is FREE to the public! Check our event listing and plan to attend our next Astronomy Day!

Brazosport Planetarium Scholastic Bowl

As one of the most anticipated events of the year, Brazosport Planetarium’s Scholastic Bowl welcomes adult and high-school teams to The Center for the Arts & Sciences’ Freeport LNG Theater for an evening of trivia and fun. Teams of four sit together and, over three rounds, answer a litany of questions concerning, art, science, pop culture and local interests.

Scholastic Bowl is the main fundraising event for Brazosport Planetarium and relies on the entry fees, individual and corporate sponsorships for this event to help fund its educational activities throughout the year.

Date: TBA
  • Adult and High School Student Teams
  • Four members per team
  • Registration is $100 per team
Brazosport Planetarium Leadership 2020-2021
Chair
Diane Hill
Past President
Kristina Denoncourt
Secretary
Robin Sperry
Budget Manager
Taylor Gaspard
Vice President of Policy
Mary Helen Israel
Vice President of Finance
Mel McKey
Vice President of Public Relations
Kristin Gaspard
Vice President of Facilities
Steve Elbert
Vice President of Outreach
Vacant
Vice President of Membership
Vacant
Vice President of Trustees
Denis James
Volunteer Scheduler
Vacant
Scholastic Bowl Chair
James Heller
Ex Officio Members
Planetarium Director
Judi James