Space Center Houston’s ‘Galaxy Lights’ Is Out Of This World

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Space Center Houston’s ‘Galaxy Lights’ Is Out Of This World

The Galaxy of Lights at Space Center Houston is out of this world.

We’re gliding into the holiday season as lighting displays ready to fill the City of Houston with electronic LED-powered cheer. But when it comes to the most Houston-centric lighting display, nothing says “Space City” more than the Galaxy Lights spectacle that orbits Space Center Houston. [Featured image: @dark_chimera]

From now until January 2 you can see the annual light display billed as “the most technologically advanced light display in Texas” – and that’s no hyperbole. See for example, their kinetic light show:

“Experience two high-tech kinetic light shows where dozens of suspended lights move in precise choreographed sequences to music above the Main Plaza,” the Space Center writes on its event page. “Watch as the orbs move in unison to create colorful shapes and patterns.”

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Visitors will be able to float through the grounds, charting the center’s many features, including The Food Lab. Here, stargazers and spacewalkers are invited to watch an indoor meteor shower before checking out the larger-than-life holiday decor and 20-foot twinkling tree on the patio – hot cocoa in hand.

Here, visitors will continue charting their course underneath a 30-foot Space Launch System (SLS) rocket where they can learn about future space endeavors. Visitors here maybe subject to scattered flurries from the center’s snow machines.

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From there, visitors will embark through a 200-foot-long ,sound-synchronized LED light tunnel. The tunnel leads to yet another stellar display featuring massive planetary models as well as laser-etched acrylic sculptures. Then, visitors may board the historic shuttle carrier NASA 905, where they will be treated to a sight of the Saturn V rocket lights on the way down.

But that’s not all, the Space Center is also paying homage to Space Station:


“To celebrate the international collaboration aboard the International Space Station (ISS), explore our Lights Around the World display surrounding our twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.”

Six 20-foot high Christmas trees representing the Space Station’s partners surround the rocket. As a final touch, starcrossed lovers can tread beneath an enormous 40-foot-tall, 100-foot-long shooting star.

Galaxy Nights is now open until January 2, from 6 pm – 10 pm nightly. The display will be closed December 2, 24, and 25. Tickets are $19.95 – $24.95 for the public, with members entitled to a 20% discount, and free for children ages 3 and under.

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