The  80-seat Noble Planetarium brings the first Zeiss-manufactured hybrid planetarium system – an immersive all-dome video combined with a fiber optic dual-hemisphere star projector to see more than 7,000 stars – to the Southwest United States. The planetarium also features an exhibit area that provides large screens with views of the Sun, as well as downlinks offering the latest information from the Hubble Telescope.

The Noble Planetarium is a giant leap into the 21st century, incorporating the very latest cutting-edge technology in the planetarium field. The planetarium shares space with the Cattle Raisers Museum and alternate astronomy programs with the Cattle Raisers’ introductory presentation, “Thundering Herd.” 

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New Noble Planetarium Details: 

  • Zeiss SKYMASTER ZKP-4 star projector which projects thousands more stars more clearly than ever before.Two (2) star balls that cover the entire sky – both the northern and southern hemispheres.Sciss UniVeiw flies Planetarium visitors to the edge of the universe and back.  This live-action software allows real-time visits to any location in the known universe.

  • 890-square foot, pre-show area features:

    • an official Sputnik satellite;

    • a replica of NASA’s original Manned Maneuvering Unit, which allowed astronauts the ability to fly without a tether to the Space Shuttle;

    • one (1) large plasma screen with ViewSpace, real-time information from the Hubble Space Telescope and other up-to-the-minute space news;

    • four (4) large plasma screens presenting real-time images from NASA's SOHO and SDO telescopes;

    • a beautifully-displayed 302-pound rare pallasite meteorite from the Brenham meteorite field in Kansas; and

    • An exhibit case containing the 100-pound “Blue Mound, Texas” meteorite.


 Noble dome

Fun Fact

Five of the movies shown in the Omni Theater have been nominated for Academy Awards: The Living Sea, Dolphins, Cosmic Voyage, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild, and Special Effects: Anything Can Happen.  

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