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 - June 28th, 2015
Art & Science’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.
February 01st, 2014 - January 31st, 2015
Super Volcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at some of the most explosive and historic eruptions on planet Earth, including the legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Featurettes
Winter Sky Tonight
December 23rd, 2014 - March 19th, 2015
Take a journey through the winter night time sky as seen by comet hunter Charles Messier. On his search for comets, Messier cataloged over one hundred nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters, many of which are found among the winter stars. Review the winter constellations, find the visible planets, and learn about how astronomers have studied comets over the centuries.
Relentless Night is a fulldome short film that immerses the viewer atop the extinct volcano of Maunakea in the Central Pacific, amongst the biggest collection of telescopes ever built. Derived from the series, Awesome Light, the footage was shot over 4 years in stereo fisheye. The film provides unique views of the remarkable summit landscape at over 4,000 metres and the nightly ballet of these magnifi cent machines that search for secrets in the stars. Set to the haunting beauty of the Eliza Aria re-tuned to a powerful dubstep mix, Relentless Night pays homage to this tour de force of scientific discovery.
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.