Irene W. Pennington Planetarium | Full Dome Movies
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.
ExoPlanets: Worlds of Wonder
June 02nd, 2015 - September 06th, 2015
Join mankind’s first robotic space probe duo as they soar beyond our Solar System, exploring the many new worlds Astronomers are discovering beyond. Visit Gas Giants caught in a deadly dance with their host stars, frozen Rogue Planets hurling through space and newly discovered Earth-like worlds possibly hosting alien life. ExoPlanets: Worlds Of Wonder will dazzle and inspire, entertain and enlighten as audiences learn about the worlds no longer hidden within our galaxy.
June 30th, 2015 - January 03rd, 2016
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.
Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
June 30th, 2015 - January 03rd, 2016
Travel with Jack and Annie, stars of the Magic Tree House® best-selling children's book series, as they search for answers to a mysterious riddle they discover in a written note signed “–M.”
Viewers peek into the treehouse and follow Jack and Annie on an exciting adventure as they meet a helpful astronomer and an astronaut. As they travel to an observatory and beyond into space, Jack and Annie nearly get … well, we don’t want to give the surprise away!
Back to the Moon For Good
June 30th, 2015 - September 06th, 2015
In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The award-winning 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. To win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.
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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.