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Walking into the round, spacious theater, the lights are dim. Guests choose from any one of the 100 comfortable, theater-style seats, all offering an unobscured view of the dome above, 33-feet in diameter. The room begins to darken to nearly pitch-black, and eyes slowly adjust to reveal an entire sky full of constellations, positioned exactly how the Corpus Christi night sky appears on this very day.
The Robert Wollman Planetarium at Richard King High School is the largest facility of its kind south of San Antonio. Unlike many planetariums that now rely on modernized digital star projectors, the Wollman Planetarium is equipped with the original Venus GOTO Star Projector purchased in 1967, giving the most realistic, authentic representation of the night sky, made up of thousands of stars of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
In addition to a fascinating tour of the stars, highlighting the stories behind recognizable constellations and their historical significance, visitors also experience an extraordinary 360° video across the domed ceiling. Varying month to month, the video may take guests on a thrilling journey through the solar system, or they can experience the exhilaration of a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut.
Thanks to the “space race” with the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Corpus Christi was fortunate to acquire federal government funding during the construction of King High School to build the planetarium and purchase the star projector in time for the school’s opening November 1967. At that moment, Corpus Christi Independent School District became one of the leaders in subjects like Earth Science, inspiring the next generation of explorers right here in the Coastal Bend.