The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is pleased to announce that we resumed our public programs on September 8, 2021.

The Planetarium now offers limited seating to allow social distancing. During the show, members of the same household may sit together but should ‘skip a seat’ when sitting next to other attendees outside of their immediate household. Mask usage is recommended while on campus and inside the Planetarium. Our facilities are sanitized between showings.

We are excited to be showing our family friendly full-dome shows on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Thursday and Friday evenings and one Saturday afternoon each month. Come enjoy fascinating public shows not only about astronomy and science, but also on a wide variety of topics like dinosaurs, humpback whales, extreme weather, and many others to expand your mind and fire your imagination. Tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth on the west end of Lamar Bruni Vergara Science building near the glass pyramid.

The planetarium has a state-of-the-art projection system that projects a video image on our whole dome immersing the audience in the scene like virtual reality. We invite you to come and treat yourself to a fun and spectacular surround experience.

You can go to the “On-Demand” page of our website and take a virtual guided tour of our amazing planetarium and of constellations, planets, and other magnificent objects in the current night sky. We are also taking reservations now for our thrilling and engaging group shows for every age group and fun hands-on activity sessions to extend and apply concepts learned for school groups. See our Group Visits webpage for details and click on the Reservation Form link to request a group show.

Rent our spectacular immersive dome theater for your next birthday party or special event! Special rates for events are available by calling the Planetarium Office at (956)326-3128.

Monitor our website and our Facebook page for the latest information on the public shows offered and the dates and times. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. - Planetarium Director


Director’s Message

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium is a community outreach of Texas A&M International University serving the students and public of south Texas.  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, encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM areas. 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!

Special Event: Chicxulub Asteroid Impact Talk By Dr. Sean Gulick March 30 at 7 pm.
Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall

Chicxulub Asteroid Impact

What caused the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs? Dr. Sean Gulick, a research professor from the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, will be speaking at Texas A&M International University at 7:00 p.m. on March 30, 2022, about the Chicxulub Asteroid Impact that caused the death of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Dr. Gulick’s team drilled into the rock to collect many core samples from the rim of the Chicxulub Crater off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in 2016.  These samples revealed previously unknown details of what occurred at the time of this asteroid’s impact. 

Do not miss this fascinating talk on Wednesday night called “Life and Death by Impact: Drilling the Clues.” The rock cores Dr. Gulick collected tell the story of what really happened and prove that this asteroid’s impact drastically changed Earth’s climate, causing the end of the age of the dinosaurs. This talk will be held in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Gulick’s research interests are in tectonic-climate interactions, the role of catastrophism in the geologic record, and marine and planetary geophysical imaging. His current projects include tectonic and glacial interactions in Alaska, geohazards and margin evolution of subduction and transform faulting in Alaska, Sumatra, New Zealand, and Japan, and the geologic processes, environmental effects, and habitability of the Cretaceous-Paleogene Chicxulub meteor impact.

He has a Ph.D. from Lehigh University and a B.S. from the University of North Carolina. Sean is co-director of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability, an interdisciplinary research center located virtually at the University of Texas at Austin and is also the Associate Chair of the Lithosphere & Deep Earth Department of Geological Sciences in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

TAMIU's Amazing Planetarium: A Virtual Tour


Enjoy an exciting behind-the-scenes virtual tour of TAMIU's Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium. Get a close-up look at the planetarium's state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system and the impressive digital technology utilized to project stunning 360-degree immersive video on its large dome, which is housed in an eye-catching glass pyramid with a gold pinnacle. Experience this fascinating video tour!


About Us

The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium, named after a Laredo philanthropist, opened to public in April 2005. At that time, it was one of only 14 new-generation Digistar 3 digital projectors in the United States. The 40 foot dome of the planetarium is inside a four-sided glass pyramid topped with a gold leaf pinnacle. The glass pyramid planetarium building is a shining beacon at Texas A&M International University, and is one of the foremost attractions of Laredo. The Planetarium was upgraded in 2014 to a state-of-the-art Digistar 5 projection system from one of the leading planetarium manufacturing companies in the world which can show the view from any part of the known universe.  One of the most sophisticated planetariums in the State of Texas, this system has two 4K digital projectors that display a 360˚ video image on our 40 foot dome that is 8 times the resolution of 1080i HD television. Eight to ten times brighter than the previous projection system, this system immerses the audience in a truly spectacular visual environment with great depth of field and rich colors which has to be seen to be appreciated!  The upgraded 5.1 surround sound system provides an immersive auditory experience, truly making you feel that you are there, whether on an alien planet, deep in space, or somewhere here on earth.

To get an idea what it is like to be immersed in a video show extravaganza at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium please click on our planetarium commercial link below. 



Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium and Science Center
5201 University Boulevard, Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center 373A, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956.326.3128 | Fax: 956.326.2459 | E-mail: planetarium@tamiu.edu

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