Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Full Dome Movies
The Great Planet Adventures
April 01st, 2014 - November 26th, 2014
In the future we may colonize other planets to establish science outposts and mine for resources. What would the colonists do for fun? Experience zip lining on scorched Mercury, hang gliding over the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, driving a monster truck along a lunar crater wall, and much more. We can experience these off-world adventures now while we wait for the future to arrive. This show was produced in part by LASM and a collaboration with Houston Museum of Natural Science and Rice University, made possible by a grant from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
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.
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.
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..
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
Spring Sky Tonight 2014
March 21st, 2014 - June 20th, 2014
Sky Tonight, included with most planetarium shows, features seasonal constellations, planets, and deep sky objects visible in the Baton Rouge sky. Travel to Mars and Jupiter, visit a volcano on Jupiter's moon Io, and journey out of our galaxy. Sky Tonight, narrated by Margaret Lawhon, is an LASM original production with visuals and soundtrack produced by LASM planetarium staff.
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.