The Galaxy of Lights at Space Center Houston is out of this world.
We’re gliding into the holiday season and lighting displays abound in 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 of Lights spectacle that orbits Space Center Houston. [Featured image: @spacecenterhou]
Days ago, Space Center Houston announced the opening of their annual Galaxy Lights holiday display, billing it 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, including a new show, 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.”
The Space Center is taking a big step up with their interstellar display this year. Visitors will be able to float through the grounds, charting the center’s many features, including their Winter Wonderland at Zero-G Diner & Patio. Here, stargazers and spacewalkers are invited to watch an indoor meteor shower before checking out the larger-than-life holiday decor 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.
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 brand new 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 20th anniversary of continuous human habitation aboard the International Space Station (ISS), explore our Lights Around the World display surrounding our new SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.”
Six 20-foot high Christmas trees representing the Space Station’s partners surround the rocket. As a final touch, a 15-foot wreath hangs from the tip of the Falcon 9.
Galaxy Nights is open daily from now until January 3, from 6 pm – 10 pm. The display will be closed Thanksgiving, December 10, 24, and 25. Tickets are $19.95 for the public, $15.95 for members, and free for children ages 3 and under.