Planetarium programs are $3 per person and free for members. Visit our website for a full description of each program.

SEASONAL STARS AND STORIES:

Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.

(not recommended for children under 5)

 

FULL-DOME MOVIES: GREAT FOR ALL AGES!

Fridays, Sundays and Mondays at 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

11 A.M. MOVIE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER The Little Star that Could

JANUARY Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

FEBRUARY Earth, Moon and Sun

 

3:30 MOVIE SCHEDULE

DECEMBER Astronomy: 3,000 years of Stargazing

JANUARY Earth, Moon and Sun

FEBRUARY To Space and Back

(Please note, on the second weekend of each month the Planetarium will show full dome movies only. No Seasonal Stars and Stories.)

 

Full Dome Movie Descriptions

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

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In the most dynamic fashion possible, the young star travelers are back to show you what could only be dreamed of before.  From the boiling surface of the sun… to the icy rings of Saturn… children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery in motion.  Discover the wonder of discovery in, “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.”

The Little Star That Could 

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This is a story about an average yellow star on a search for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along his way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars can combine to form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and each is introduced to audiences along with basic information about the Solar System.

Astronomy: 3000 years of Stargazing

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Throughout time, the sky has piqued our curiosity. Eclipses, the regular cycle of the seasons, the rising and setting of the Moon, Sun, and planets, the motion of the stars — all have fascinated mankind since our earliest ancestors first looked up. Monuments constructed across our home planet, from Stonehenge to Machu Picchu, bear witness to humanity’s ancient fascination with the stars. With occasional observations from a learned cartoon Einstein, we retrace the milestones of cosmic discovery in this engaging history of astronomy. Rediscover the major astronomical theories of the last 3,000 years — from the cosmological models of antiquity and the Ptolemaic system of epicycles — to the contributions of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Herschel and Hubble. From Galileo’s telescope to modern instruments used on Earth and in space, see how cutting-edge technology reveals a multi-wavelength universe of planets, star birth regions, nebulae, pulsars, black holes and galaxies.

Earth, Moon and Sun

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This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope

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This show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

 

Perseus and Andromeda

Perseus and Andromeda is a fun filled retelling of the tale of the beautiful but unfortunate princess Andromeda, who in divine punishment for her mother’s bragging, is sacrificed to a sea monster and rescued by the Greek hero Perseus (animated).

 

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.