Planetarium Programs

With a capacity of 35, the planetarium theater offers a comfortable and unique venue space science. To schedule programs contact the Science Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Elaine Hendrickson, Volunteer Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
(Note: All visits scheduled for one hour and may include more than one program.)

Full Dome Programs
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Approximate Length (min)                                                                                                                                                                                        
AZTEC ASTRONOMY                                                                                                                                                                               30

BACK TO THE MOON FOR GOOD                               

The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era
of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including th discovery of the Moon's origin,
composition, structure, and trhe accessibility of raw materials on its surface.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human
and robotic presence on the Moon.  We see the engineering and innovation steps takn by the internationally
distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes.  We lighlight the
human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge.  Who will win the $30
million Google Lunar XPRIZE?  The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface
travel.  The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.

CHASING THE GHOST PARTICLE                                                                                                                                                           30
Learn about neutrinos and Ice Cube, the telescope buried at the South Pole, that searches for them.
COSMIC COLORS                                                           

Explore a wondrous journey through the world of color and beyond!  
Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red, and the reason why many things are the color that they are.
Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye, then step into the invisible universe as you 
investigate x-rays by taking on a monstrous black hole.  
Explore the world of infrared. in a roaring fire, and even discover what may have been the actual color of a
dinosaur.  Explore the amazing rainbow of cosmic light through COSMIC COLORS, an original productions
of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium in copperation with the Great Lakes Planetarium Association.  

DARK MATTER                                                                                                                                                                                         20
Dark is a full-dome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass
of the universe.  The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time -- the
solution to which will help us understand whe the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has
evolved over billions of years -- the unimaginable depths of deep time, of shich a human life is but a flickering
instant.  But in that instant we can grasp it immensity and through science we can attempt to understand it.  

DISTANT WORLDS                                                                                                                                                                                    52

ECLIPSES AND PHASES OF THE MOON                                                                                                                                                 20

EUROPE TO THE STARS                                                                                                                                                                           31

EXOPLANETS CASPER                                                                                                                                                                             29
FLIGHT ADVENTURES                                                                                                                                                                              
"Flight Adventures" dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this
multi-media pnaetariun show about the science of aeronautics.  Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past 
and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight.  See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine
where flight might take us.  

FROM EARTH TO THE UNIVERSE                                                                                                                                                            32

HOT AND ENERGETIC UNIVERSE                                                                                                                                                            27

IBEX:SEARCH FOR THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM                                                                                                                      28
Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between out Solar System and the rest of our Galaxy in IBEX:
Designed for visitors with an appreciation for the Challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science
research, the show follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX).  Get an in-depth look at the
mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System's boundary.  
JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE OF THE MILK WAY                             
New types of telescopes permit us to dig deep into the mysteries of out galaxy, the Milky Way.  

LOSING THE DARK                                                                                                                                                                                     6
Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution washes away our view of the cosmos.  It not only 
threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health.  The yellow glows over cities and towns --
seen so clearly from space  -- are testament to the billions spent in wated energy from lighting up the sky.
Losing the Dark is a "public service announcement" planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions
and the International Dark-Sky Association.  It introduces and illistrates some of the issues regarding light pollution.
Planetarians are uniquely kpositioned to teach audiences ways we can all work together to implement responsible 
use of lighting.

MAYAN ASTRONOMY                                                                                                                                                                                20
This full dome program is in Spanish. 

MOON                                                                                                                                                                                                           7

MOVIE FOR CONFERENCE                                                                                                                                                                       14

NASA JOURNEY TO MARS                                                                                                                                                                        10

NINE PLANETS AND COUNTING                                  
What is a planet? Take a tour of the planetary population of our solar system.  

ONCE AND FUTURE CITIES                                                                                                                                                                      37

OUT THERE                                                                                                                                                                                                30

PHANTOMS OF THE UNIVERSE                                                                                                                                                               27

RUSTY ROCKET                                                             
Rusty Rocket faces one final mission: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies. 

SEEING 2                                                                                                                                                                                                   26
SOLAR QUEST                                                                                                                                                                                         12
"Solar Quest" is a full dome planetarium short feature that demonstrates how the Sun and Earth are
interconnected and that we are "Living with a Star".  High quality animations display solar phenomena such
as fusion and light energy as well as solare surface features and events.  Franulaes, solar fares and coronal
mass ejuections are highlighted.  The show discusses the impacts of space weather and how the Earth's
atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth.

SUNSTRUCK SHOW                                                                                                                                                                              21

SUPERMASSIVE BLACK                                                                                                                                                                       21
THE SUN                                                                                                                                                                                                24

TOTALITY                                                                                                                                                                                               24 & 10
Total solar eclipses are a rare and beautiful phenomena, and in this new planetarium show you will learn  
how eclipses happen, how to safely view one, and where these two eclipses take place. Texas is the nexus
for the annular eclipse of 2023 and the total solar eclipse of 2024.  

TOUCHING UNIVERSE                                                                                                                                                                          24

TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS                                                                                                                                                         22
Serious students learn about telescope work, history,  
discoveries and fundamentals.

UNVEILING INVISIBLE                                                                                                                                                                         28

WAITING FAR AWAY                                                                                                                                                                            11