Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Full Dome Movies
Chaos and Order
January 02nd, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
This innovative new show captivates audiences by taking them on a journey into a fascinating world of ever-evolving, colorful simulations and symphonic electronic music. Sit back and experience the fundamental connection between reality and mathematics as science and art are fused together in this immersive celebration of the one language of our universe.
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.
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
January 02nd, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
Enjoy the dynamic adventure of two young children who turn a discarded cardboard box into a rocket and, after assembling all their supplies, blast off on an adventure to the most amazing places in the solar system. Join them and their talking astronomy book as they tour the solar system and learn about what makes each planet unique and why Earth is such a special place on which to live. This show, featuring spectacular sound effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, 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
Lichtmond: Universe of Light
January 11th, 2014 - January 03rd, 2015
Lichtmond is an amazing 360-degree audio-visual immersive experience featuring the best of Lichtmond’s journeys. This visual and audio sensory adventure combines a variety of ambient-pop and chill-out melodies with the magical world of 3D animation imagery. The hypnotic musical styles and beautiful landscapes make it a special experience for all ages. Lichtmond is an international collaboration of renowned artists Alan Parsons, Koppehele Brothers and IMAGO-D Studios in Madrid. Sponsored by The 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
Winter Sky Tonight
December 21st, 2013 - March 21st, 2014
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. In addition this show features an explanation of the demise of Comet ISON and video footage of the event captured by NASA spacecraft.
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.