Full-Dome Experiences

These full dome movies take your students to far away and very close places. These are highly visual experiences that both educate and entertain. In addition, you can custom fit these programs by adding a short, live segment on one of these topics:

    • The night sky
    • Planets
    • Sky motions
    • The Universe

Where possible, links in the descriptions below will take you to sites where you can see a trailer of the full dome programs.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Recorded narration by Liam Neeson. Features striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early Universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super massive black hole.

Learn more about this show by visiting the Spitz web site.

Origins of Life

Starting with the Big Bang, learn about the prebiotic chemistry in the
Universe, the formation of stars and solar systems, and the first life on
Earth, as well as the great extinctions and our search for life beyond
planet Earth.

Learn more about this show by visiting the Spitz web site.

Stars of the Pharaohs

See how science in ancient Egypt was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. See temples and tombs of the ancient world digitally recreated in their original splendor.

 

MarsQuest

With recorded narration by Patrick Stewart, MarsQuest chronicles humanity’s cultural and scientific fascination with the planet Mars, from early observations of its “canals” to stories like War of the Worlds. Spacecraft mission findings are used to compare Mars’ weather, climate, and geology to Earth’s. We learn where on Earth we can prepare to live on Mars, what will be needed to get crewed missions there, and what the first landing may be like.

Learn more about this show by visiting the Loch Ness Productions web site.

The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol! Based on the highly-acclaimed Zula Patrol TV series, this animated adventure about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary, written for children, is a must-see for audiences of all ages.

Learn more about this show by visiting the Spitz web site.

The Little Star that Could

Little Star, an average yellow star, searches 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 clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our Solar System.

Learn more about this show by visiting the AVI web site.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

Four hundred years ago, a simple adjustment to a child’s spyglass revealed an infinite and perplexing universe. Today, the world’s great telescopes gaze into both the distant past and into our future. From simple diagrams to dramatic full dome fly-throughs, this program illustrates the important contributions made with telescopes, and how some telescopes work.  A short, live star talk is included in the program.

Learn more about this show by clicking HERE.

Cosmic Colors: An Adventure along the Spectrum

Journey across the entire electro-magnetic spectrum and discover the many reasons for color: Why is the sky blue and Mars red? Take a tour within a plant leaf, inside the human eye, and to a black hole. See the actual color of a dinosaur, based on recent evidence.

Hubble Vision

Major themes in current astronomy and cosmology are presented, including new views of the planets; peeks into star-birth nurseries; visions of star death in its many forms; explorations of star clusters and galaxies; and views of the universe when the earliest galaxies were first coming into being.

Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity

Featuring never-before-seen images, Nanocam shows a reality measured in micrometers. Nanocam is a fascinating journey exploring life forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in.

Oasis in Space

Earth has vast oceans and fresh water that make life possible.“Fly” by the other planets and moons, learning about some of their special characteristics. Draw your own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system:  Is there life beyond Earth?

Expanded View

Explore beautiful deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes. Each of these space-based telescopes operates in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, helping to reveal the secrets of vastly far away and beautiful objects.

Natural Selection: Darwin's Mystery of Mysteries

In Victorian times, it was still not known exactly how new species evolved. Join the young Charles Darwin on a voyage of exploration on the HMS Beagle as he fills in the pieces of the scientific puzzle to find the mechanism that explains the evolution of life. Note: Not a planetarium show.

Stars to Starfish

Stars to Starfish compares the exploration of our universe with the exploration of Earth’s oceans. Underscoring the importance of our home’s last great resource, this beautiful excursion features stunning underwater photography and videography by Mike and Jan Davis.

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) was created to collect high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary. Narrated by two teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers who developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.

Our Cells, Our Selves

Our Cells, Our Selves is a science- laced bedtime story about 7-year old Sylvie, who is discovering the wonders of the immune system. As we explore the human immune system, we learn that under rare circumstances, things can go wrong, leading to auto-immune diseases like Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. The story closes with a look at the future of regenerative medicine and the potential for cures.

The Cowboy Astronomer

The premise of The Cowboy Astronomer is simple: we're in the Western outdoors, listening to star legends and cowboy tales around the campfire. Our cowboy astronomer gives us his perspective of the night sky, and the things he's found out over a lifetime of stargazing. He talks about star colors and temperatures — and we see how blue stars are hotter than red stars by the chili pepper ratings beneath them! We find the Andromeda Galaxy by hitting a first-base foul out of the park of the Great Baseball Diamond In The Sky. Along the way, we learn about young stars and supernovae, and what various cultures called the Pleiades.

Check out the Trailer for The Cowboy Astronomer!

Larry Cat, In SpaceGrades K and up

Larry Cat, In Space is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. Through Larry's eyes, we observe his human family, a group of enthusiastic sky-watchers. Larry notes how human time differs from cat time. Diana takes a job on the Moon, and sadly leaves Larry behind. Larry figures out a way to hide in her clothes truck.

Trailer: "Larry Cat, In Space"

 

Extrasolar Planets

We live on a small planet that revolves around a medium sized yellow star. It is just one among many stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy. And yet, our star is special. It has planets. Are there planets that orbit other stars? If so, are any of them habitable worlds like Earth? If life developed on our planet, could it arise elsewhere? How can we find those other planets?

Trailer: "Extrasolar Planets"

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

November: Saturdays 12:30 pm

If you are thinking of buying a telescope, this is a great show for you.  The history of these amazing tools is covered in this fulldome movie, which includes a brief star talk.  Originally  produced for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.