Planetarium Shows

If You're Visiting the Planetarium

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Visiting the Planetarium

  • In Person Field Trips

    Preschool - First Grade

    Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

    Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers, Marcus and Bonnie, and experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system's planets with guidance from “Astronomy Book” - a character personified by a wise, kind old man. It's not until the end of the adventure when you find out what the true secret of the rocket is - something that makes this apparently impossible trip to the edges of the Universe and back become possible.

    The Little Star That Could

    This is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to the audience with basic information about our Solar System.

    This is Our Sky

    Join Luna and her friends for an exploration of the sky which includes phases of the Moon, seasons, constellations and planets. This is Our Sky! is a general astronomy show that contains elements of interest spanning a wide range of audiences.  

    One World, One Sky: Bid Bird's Adventure

    Join Big Bird and Elmo on an unforgettable journey to the Moon and back!When Elmo’s friend Hu Hu Zhu stops by Sesame Street for a visit, he notices that Sesame Street is a little bit different from his home in China. But when he looks up at the sky, he feels right at home. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu may live in different cities, but they share the same sky! With a little help from Big Bird, the two friends learn about the Sun, the Moon, and the Big Dipper, then blast off in an imaginary rocket to the Moon! Along the way, they invite the audience to sing along to songs about space and celebrate the sky that belongs to everyone.

    First - Third Grade

    Magic Tree House

    In Magic Tree House: Space Mission, a mysterious "M" sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully produced show is a winner with Magic Tree House fans of all ages.

    The Moon

    Have you ever wondered what makes the Moon so special? Apart from the Sun, the Moon is one of the brightest objects in the sky and it’s the second place, other than the Earth, that humans have set foot. Come and learn about the Moon’s phases, craters and other characteristics that make the Moon a very special place.

    Legends of the Night Sky Orion

    Orion is one of the most prominent constellations in the winter night sky and with its famous belt made of three stars, it is sure to be one of your favorite constellations. Come join us as we take an imaginative look at the story and legend of Orion, the Great Hunter of the Winter Sky.

    Second - Fourth Grade

    Totality

    “Totality” is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. This program, produced by Bays Mountain Planetarium, examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. Look back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse. 
    "Totality" includes a variety of wonderful styles – from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books. A very special part of the show illustrates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse. You will love this program!

    Third - Fifth Grade

    Earth Moon and Sun

    Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and what is the myth and science behind it? Why does the Sun rise and set? Why do we see different constellations during different seasons? What is an eclipse? Learn about the Moon's phases and orbit. Explore past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond.

    Third Grade - Adult

    Cosmic Journey

    Travel from the outermost reaches of the solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons, from Pluto to Earth, zoom past planets revolving above you. See the ringed systems of the outer planets and the detail of various moons, all digitally rendered using real images from satellites. Finally, return home to Earth and contrast our home planet with the other worlds you've explored.

    Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder

    Follow mankind's first Space Probe as it journeys outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers are discovering beyond. Visit Gas Giants caught in a deadly dance with their host stars, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, molten rocky worlds now known to science and new planets drifting comfortably within the area around a star where Earth-like worlds may exist. Discover new insights about our own Earth, Moon, Sun and the remarkable Solar System we inhabit.

    We Are Stars

    Witness the formation of the first hydrogen atoms after the Big Bang and then watch how those hydrogen atoms gather into galaxies and stars. Learn how the stars forged all the atoms needed to make life. See the creation of planet Earth and follow the atoms and molecules through evolution.

    Astronauts

    The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Explore the amazing worlds of the microscopic regions of the human body, float around the International Space Station and experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. This immersive planetarium show takes you from Earth into Space and beyond.

    Stars

    Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.

    The Sun: Our Living Star

    The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

    Saturn: Jewel the Heavens

    Once a planet of great mystery, we now know more than ever before about its amazing system of rings, moons and storms thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. From its bizarre moons with mysterious features, to the millions of icy particles that compose the enigmatic rings, this is the three-dimensional tour of the Saturnian system that goes beyond the CG experience - It's like flying piggyback on the Cassini spacecraft!

    Experience an immersive exploration of one of the most amazing and dynamic planetary collections of our solar system.

    Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

    There’s a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to an end. It’s at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos… and our imaginations. In this show, you will zip through otherworldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy and witness the violent death of a star, and subsequent birth of a black hole.

    Extreme Planets

    In this original production, we'll explore what makes a planet "Earth-like" in the first place and take an immersive full dome tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we're looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren't just science fiction anymore!

    We Are Aliens

    Earth, it’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before, but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas?  Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life. 

    Firefall

    Throughout Earth’s violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors to mountain-sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth. Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction, yet life on Earth owes its very existence to these denizens of the solar system. This ceaseless FIREFALL is our only tangible connection to the Universe beyond and is an ever-present reminder of our own humble beginnings in the hostile environment of space.

  • Virtual Field Trips

    Kinder - Second Grade

    Pattens in the Sky

    We all know the Sun moves in the sky. Is there a pattern to that motion? Observe and learn about the day to day (and night to night!) motions of the Sun, stars, and more. We use our virtual planetarium as a time machine to discover these patterns and to make predictions.

    Third - Fifth Grade

    Celestial Cycles - Stars and Seasons

    Humans have been tracking the motions of celestial bodies for thousands of years. What patterns emerge from these motions? In our virtual planetarium, observe the cycles of the Sun, Moon, and stars to learn how they work and to make predictions about their motion.

    Third - Sixth Grade

    Climate: The Long Cycle - Weather and Climate

    We are surrounded by cycles every day. The Sun and stars move in a regular pattern. But some cycles are longer, and more chaotic. Climate can be considered average weather over long periods of time, and climate is changing globally. What can hurricanes teach us about climate, and what does the future hold?

     Sixth - Eighth Grade

    Dance of the Solar System - Celestial Motion

    Everything in space moves, and these multiple motions combine into a celestial dance. Some moves are simple, some are complex. Observing these motions is the key to unlocking the secrets of moon phases, eclipses, and seasonal changes in the positions of the Sun and the stars.

    The Gravity of the Cosmos - Solar System, Milky Way and Gravity

    The Solar System is more than just the Sun and the planets. It includes a plethora of objects, but their motions are all ruled by gravity. An understanding of gravity explains the birth of the Solar System, the orbits of the planets, and even the structures of galaxies. Explore the Solar System and more in an real-time simulation, piloted by an expert presenter.

    General K - 8th Grade

    The Moon and Stars

    On clear nights, many people enjoy looking at the Moon and finding constellations. The Moon is unique in that it changes its appearance and position everyday. The stars vary less day to day, but do follow seasonal patterns. Observe the Moon and the stars in our virtual time machine planetarium. Learn to predict Moon phases and how to find constellations in the real sky.

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