Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Full Dome Movies
January 06th, 2015 - June 28th, 2015
The universe is a curious place, more so than we ever imagined. As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for explorations. Come along on a journey to investigate what we already know and the mysteries we have yet to solve in Dark Universe, a new space show narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide. This show goes beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold. Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it, and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
A Hitchhiker’s Tour Through The Universe
January 06th, 2015 - January 03rd, 2016
The Art & Science Museum's popular show Digital Universe has been updated and expanded with new digital imagery of some of the most breathtaking galaxies and nebulae, becoming A Hitchhiker’s Tour through the Universe. Go on a magic carpet ride through the night sky, from an up-close encounter of the planets of our solar system, through the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy, past galaxy clusters, and to the edge of our observable universe. Using the world's most extensive, accurate three-dimensional mapping of the universe, A Hitchhiker’s Tour through the Universe brings astronomy information to life in a two-dimensional environment much like that of an immersive computer game.
January 03rd, 2015 - June 28th, 2015
Explore our moon’s observable features, motion, and phases through this educational yet highly entertaining show that uses popular animation styles to capture the attention of young audiences. Visitors will discover why the moon has craters, mountains, and no atmosphere, as well as why we see the moon in the daytime sky, why it shines, and why we see only one side of the moon. A tour of the evening night sky, pointing out seasonal constellations and visible planets, is also included.
From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet
February 01st, 2015 - June 28th, 2015
Journey to the year 2132 as we follow Carina, a young woman stationed on Mars, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Experience living on a futuristic Mars colony, and ride a rover across the Martian surface. Children and adults alike will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.
Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Featurettes
New Horizons for a Little Planet
March 20th, 2015 - July 31st, 2015
“New Horizons for a Little Planet” is a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moons in July of 2015. The purpose of the program is to introduce planetarium visitors to the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto. After it encounters Pluto, New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt and the mission will likely be extended. A smaller, more primitive Kuiper Belt Object will then be targeted for a rendezvous in 2018 or 2019. These encounters promise us unprecedented close up views of these distant worlds and the information gathered by New Horizons will provide valuable insight into the formation of our solar system and its planets.
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.