Our Mission

Bring the Stars to your own school

No need to load your budding astronomers onto a school bus to take a tour of the solar system at a planetarium. The University of Texas- Pan American Planetarium, under the direction of the Department of Physics and Geology, will bring the stars to your campus with the UTPA Portable Planetarium that will take your students to the moons of Jupiter or explore the night sky and its constellations.

Take your students on a 30-minute or hour-long journey through the universe from the comfort and security of your own campus. If you book the UTPA Portable Planetarium for your campus, you can create the schedule for the day with the many presentations we offer. We cater the information in each presentation to the grade levels. In addition,we can actually project digital full dome films and also project the complete night sky along with phases of the moon, constellations as well as zooming into planets and deep space objects like nebulas and galaxies.

The portable planetarium and UTPA staff will stay at your school all day and can accommodate at least 300-500 kids per day. The following is the portable planetarium capacity: 70 (Pre-k thru 2nd graders), 60 (3rd, 4th & 5th graders), or 50 middle/high/adults per presentation. To set up the UTPA Portable Planetarium on your campus, the following location requirements are needed:

  • Must be indoors (no pavilions)
  • 14 foot high ceilings
  • 25 feet in diameter clearing
  • 2 functional electrical outlets

If you would like to bring the solar system to life for your future astronomers and scientists, please contact the UTPA Planetarium at (956) 665-7088 or via email at to learn how we can bring the portable planetarium to your campus.