Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Full Dome Movies
November 29th, 2013 - January 31st, 2014
Journey from the birth of our Solar System to the catastrophe of asteroid and comet impacts on Earth. Take an in-depth look at what comets are composed of and how scientists are able to study them. Discover what the chances are of an asteroid colliding with our planet and what we could do to prevent such an outcome. Updates on Comet ISON will also be provided.
June 30th, 2013 - December 30th, 2013
Explore the complexities of Earth's climate system with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. While exploring this show, follow 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. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Season of Light
November 29th, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Learn about the religious and cultural rituals historically practiced throughout the world during winter solstice. Besides exploring the possible astronomical explanations for the biblical star over Bethlehem, this holiday show also takes you through the winter constellations, explains the reasons for the seasons, and tells abut some of our lighthearted holiday traditions, including gift giving and kissing under the mistletoe.
The Little Star That Could
June 30th, 2013 - December 28th, 2013
What are stars made of? What's in our galaxy? Meet the Milky Way Gang and analyze and interpret data to find out how planets are born, why stars shine, and the difference between stars, planets, and moons. This fun and educational film is great for all ages.
January 02nd, 2014 - March 30th, 2014
Using the world's most extensive, accurate three-dimensional mapping of the universe, Digital Universe brings astronomy information to life in a two-dimensional environment much like that of an immersive computer game. Youngsters can interact with the presenter while traveling from the stars of the Milky Way out to the edge of the observable universe.
Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Visual Music
Rock the Dome
January 05th, 2013 - January 04th, 2014
Amazing three dimensional visuals, full color lasers, real-time effects, and well-loved alternative music will captivate you in this new cosmic light show. Sit back and see the music of a playlist featuring Audioslave, Beck, Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, 311, Modest Mouse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Nirvana, Muse, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Promotional support for this program is provided by Eagle 98.1.
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
November 30th, 2013 - July 05th, 2014
Pink Floyd's legendary album returns to immerse you in one of rock's all-time favorite musical collections. Incredible animated images and surround sound help create an unforgettable experience. Sponsored by The Eagle 98.1
Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Featurettes
Autumn Sky Tonight 2013
September 24th, 2013 - December 20th, 2013
Comet ISON is on its way to the inner Solar System, and it is expected to be a sight to see in the pre-dawn sky this November. Review the Autumn constellations from the myth of Perseus and Andromeda, then see where the comet will be in the morning sky. Travel to the outer Solar System to see where ISON came from. On the way we will fly past Uranus, then skim Neptune's moon Triton to see an ice geyser. Join us to explore some of the mysteries that await us in the outer reaches of our Solar System
Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing 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 wasted 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 illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.