The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium opened its doors in April 2005 and has continued to impress over the last decade as one of Laredo’s must-see attractions!
Named after a Laredo philanthropist, the planetarium features a long list of state-of-the-art technology to make it one of the most sophisticated planetariums in the entire State of Texas. Its 40-foot dome is nestled inside a four-sided glass pyramid topped with a gold-leaf pinnacle making it a landmark for Laredo and its home on the Texas A&M International University campus. But, that’s not all.
When it opened in 2005, the planetarium was home to one of only 14 Digistar 3 digital projectors in the United States. In 2014, the technology was upgraded to the Digistar 5 projection system that gives visitors a jaw-dropping view from anywhere in the known universe. That view includes a 360-degree video image on the 40-foot dome at a resolution that is eight times that of a 1080i HD television and ten times brighter than the Digistar 3 projector. In addition to the state-of-the-art projector, the planetarium also upgraded its 5.1 surround system that fully immerses visitors in the experience whether they are traveling deep in space or across the Earth.
“We live in an extraordinary age of exploration of our universe. Our goal is to fire the imaginations of young people about discovering the wonders of life on our earth, the wonders of our universe, and the fascinating journey of scientific discovery,” reads the Director’s message on the planetarium’s website. “We also endeavor to inform and entertain the public with shows featuring many of the fascinating places in our universe that are being discovered every day. We do this with our state-of-art projection system that immerses our audience, surrounding them completely with a spectacular audio-visual extravaganza. Come explore the universe with us at the speed of imagination!”
Exploring the universe doesn’t have to cost a fortune thanks to the planetarium. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $4 for children, making it one of the most affordable and educational attractions in Laredo! In addition to taking visitors deep into space or around the globe, the planetarium also hosts special events, concerts, and kids’ shows to attract visitors of all ages. What are you waiting for? You won’t regret your visit to the theater of the universe in the heart of Laredo!