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Planetarium

Star Shows

Adventures Along the Spectrum    
Grade 4 - 7   40 minutes
Come and explore the light spectrum with the absent-minded Professor Photon. This entertaining show will introduce to you the various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. With Professor Photon, you can learn about radio, radar, microwave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma waves, and their importance in exploring our universe today. On this journey, you'll discover pulsars and neutron stars, super novas, active galaxies, black holes, and quasars. Make your reservation today!
     
The Power    
Grade 4 - 7   32 minutes
Why are galaxies called the "building blocks of the universe"? How are they formed? and How and why do they appear to us as they do through the lens of a telescope? Explore these question and more with The Power.
     
More Than Meet The Eye    
Grade 4 - Adult   18 minutes
More Than Meets The Eye compares images seen by the naked eye with the images of stellar space seen by other equipment. Through the eyes of binoculars, low power telescopes, and the photography of satellites such as Voyager and Pioneer, the audience will see planets, constellations, nebulae, and glimpses of distant galaxies. This well-constructed show will spark the imagination and encourage future stargazing.
     
Cosmic Catastrophes    
Grade 5 - Adult   35 minutes

Examine the possible causes of mass extinctions that occurred throughout Earth’s history as told through the eyes of an alien race searching for a new home . You’ll e xplore the causes of dinosaur - and possibly human - extinction linked to catastrophic events from space.

     
Destination:Universe    
Grade 5 - Adult   41 minutes
This show will take you on a journey from America's Space Station Freedom of the 1990's to planetary engineering projects ten thousand years hence. Beneath our star-filled dome, you will experience the panoramic vista of a moon base, probe the surfaces of Venus and Mars, delve into the noxious clouds of Jupiter, float within a vast space colony, and discover the staggering immensity of the Cosmos.
     
Voyager II At Neptune    
Grade 5 - Adult   16 minutes
"All aboard" for a journey to the stars. Join Voyager 2 as he tours the planets of our solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. You'll learn about the planet Neptune and its unique features, all made possible by Voyager 2's powerful instruments and cameras. Experience the excitement of discovery as Voyager 2 goes where no one has gone before.
 
Comets Are Coming    
Grade 6 - Adult      35 minutes
Experience the awe of a bright comet lighting the sky with its brilliant tail and discover the fascination and mystery behind these traveling balls of ice, gas and dust. Throughout the millennia, comets have both mystified and mesmerized mankind. Comets were once viewed as evil omens during antiquity. It wasn't until 1700, when Edmond Halley predicted a comet's return in 1758, that they became an object of scientific study. By 1835, people were studying Halley's comet through telescopes and by 1910 they had attached cameras to them to record the event. Relive the awesome discoveries made with comets such as Halley, Shoemaker-Levy and Hale-Bopp.
 
Life Beyond Earth    
All Ages   33 minutes
Since man's first discovery of stellar space, the question, "Is there life beyond Earth?" has been asked. beginning with the Big Bang theory and the birth of life, explore the possibility of extraterrestrial life as we search for life bearing planets and trace the evolution of life on Earth. This show examines our own future exploration of space when we become the extraterrestrial.
 
Starlit Nights    
All Ages   25 minutes
Want to gaze at the Summer heavens, but from the relative comfort of an iar conditioned room? No problem. To the chirping sounds of a summer evening, this show will reveal the evening sky of the summer season. From the Big Dipper and Ursa Major to Sagittarius and Scorpius, we'll explore the constellations.
 
Star of Wonder    
All Ages   35 minutes
All Ages 35 minutes
Travel back 2,000 years to ancient Bethlehem. A remarkable star was said to have appeared in the heavens, marking the birth of a great king. Join us as we try to uncover the science and mystery of the Star of Bethlehem.
 
Tis the Season    
All Ages   40 minutes
Explore the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice: Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi. Remember the light-hearted seasonal traditions from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. You'll view a few Northern winter constellations, and learn why we even have seasons. Explore the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" -- comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions.
 
Welcome to the Universe    
All Ages   10 minutes
This brief impressive introduction to the Universe is suitable for all ages. You'll be tantalized by glimpses of constellations, planets, nebulae and the Milky Way.