List of Shows

List of Shows

List of Current Group Shows

Pre-K and Elementary School Shows - Middle and High School Shows - Entertainment

Pre-K and Elementary School Shows:

promoOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure (Pre-K-1)

Young audience members will be thrilled when they find themselves on Sesame Street with their famous friends, Big Bird and Elmo. The fun begins when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three of them take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, stars, and Big Dipper. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu blast off on an imaginary trip to the Moon and when they return home to Earth everyone discovers that, no matter where we live, we all share the same sky. 

Legends of the Night Sky: OrionLegends of the Night Sky: Orion (Pre-K-2)

Legends of the Night Sky: ORION is the world's first traditionally animated fulldome movie. Legends takes an imaginative look at the stories and legends about Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. 

Greek mythology will never seem the same once you've seen this fun-filled production from AudioVisual Imagineering and Spitz Creative Media.

promoThe Zula Patrol: Under the Weather (K-2)

The stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo's research -- using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets - part of his latest nefarious scheme to rule the Universe. The ZPers find out and go after him - in the process learning all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.

promoThe Little Star That Could (Gr. 1-3)

An average star is born from a great cloud of gas and dust. We follow his journey through space, searching for planets and a name for himself. He encounters stars of all sizes and temperatures, including a hot blue star and the double stars Goldie and Sapphire, but none of them can give him any planets. Finally, the Milky Way speaks to him, and reveals where his planets have been hiding. His planets tell him all about themselves, and give him his special name (no, I'm not going to reveal it here: you'll have to come see the show!).

promoThe Magic Tree House©: Space Mission (Gr. 1-5)

Jack and Annie are off on another exciting new adventure in the world's only full-dome planetarium show based on The Magic Tree House series.

The adventure begins when Jack and Annie discover a mysterious note, signed only with an “M,” that is filled with questions about space. Their search to answer the questions for “M” and solve the mystery leads them on a journey from their home into deepest space. The two set out to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Along the way, they meet an astronaut, an astronomer and even Magic Tree House book series author Mary Pope Osborne.

promoEarth, Moon, and Sun (Gr. 2-5)

This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

Learn why the Sun rises and sets and the basics of fusion and solar energy. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. Also, the show explores past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond.

promoThe Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Gr. 2-5).

Two children build a rocket ship out of a large cardboard box, and find that they can actually travel out to the planets. Moreover, the astronomy book they took out of the library talks to them, teaching them about the planets. After several adventures, they return to Earth with a new sense of wonder about our solar system.

 

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Perfect Little Planet (Gr. 3-6)

Imagine the ultimate space vacation! What if you could travel the galaxy to find that ideal place? Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

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The StarGazer (Gr. 3-6)

Come along on a journey to the stars with University of Illinois astronomer Jim Kaler. Nichelle Nichols and Dr. Kaler narrate this three-part personal look at astronomy. The show begins with a child's curiosity, moves on to the science of gravity, light, the spectrum, and how they help us decipher the lifestyles of the stars, then ends with reflections on the deeper meanings of astronomy in our own lives.

 

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Cosmic Colors(Gr. 4-6)

Cosmic Colors will take you on a wondrous journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum.  Discover the many reasons for color—like why the sky is blue and why Mars is red.  

Take a tour within a plant leaf and journey inside the human eye.

Investigate x-rays by voyaging to a monstrous black hole and then back at your doctor’s office.  You will even see the actual color of a dinosaur--based on recent evidence.  Get ready for an amazing adventure under a rainbow of cosmic light!

Middle School and High School Shows:

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Astronaut

Astronauts are our modern-day explorers. But how do they get up there? How do they train for space? What happens to their bodies while on a mission? What hazards do they face? What do they learn while living in space? This immersive movie, narrated by Ewan McGregor, will give you answers in dramatic and sometimes humorous ways.

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject Chad, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

promoBack to the Moon: For Good

We're finally returning to the Moon!

This is not science fiction: it’s happening now. Teams from around the world (including one from Penn State) are competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, to be awarded in 2017 to the first non-governmental organization to land on the Moon, travel 500 meters and send back high-resolution visual proof of the accomplishment. The dome-show, narrated by actor Tim Allen, introduces us to the hundreds of men and women who are involved in this exciting contest. The benefits of exploring and utilizing this new world, the valuable resources waiting to be tapped, and the unsolved mysteries still to be solved will all be portrayed in the powerful immersive visual environment of the Edelman Planetarium theater. We’ll also venture forward in time to view the future history of humans on the Moon. Join us on a voyage to our sister world!

promoBlack Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

A dramatic look at these strange objects: where they are, what they're like, what it would look like if you fell into one. A presentation of the facts and theory surrounding the astronomical phenomenon of "black holes", using the latest in computer-generated imagery. Theories regarding their origin are presented, along with speculation about what lies with and beyond them. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

   

promoCosmic Castaways

There are places where the night sky has no constellations.

No Orion, no Big Dipper, nothing but a few lonely, far away stars and a few faint, ghostly patches of light. Most stars lie within the crowded boundaries of galaxies, travelling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. But some find themselves on their own, deep within voids between the galaxies. These are the cosmic castaways.

This show is an original production of the Ward Beecher Planetarium and is based on the research of YSU’s resident astrophysicists Dr. John Feldmeier and Dr. Patrick Durrell.

promoDynamic Earth

This show explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. 

promoExploding Universe

The universe is filled with explosive events. Ancient supernovae tore giant stars apart, spreading the atoms that now make up your body into deep space. Subatomic particles smash into one another in the Large Hadron Collider, echoing the foundational events of our early universe. And, of course, there was once a Really Big Bang… “Exploding Universe” portrays these events in all their glory, and shows how they impact your life.

 

promoFrom Earth to the Universe

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

promoHot and Energetic Universe

The planetarium documentary “The Hot and Energetic Universe” presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.
High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent universe. High Energy Astrophysics probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies.
Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation. Europe plays a leading role in high energy astrophysics research.

promoIBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System.

Designed for visitors with an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, the show follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary.

Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.

promoMoons: Worlds of Mystery

Moons immerses you in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our Solar System.

From volcanoes and geysers to ice-covered oceans and methane rain, these natural satellites have some spectacular features, and many even exert a surprising influence on their planetary partners. Learn what these celestial bodies reveal about the history and workings of our solar system.

Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Journey to the outer planets and their moons, and return home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate Solar System in which we all live.

promoNatural Selection

This is a different kind of planetarium show! Natural Selection celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species” and the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth.

We will join Darwin on his voyage aboard the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his later theory of transmutation by natural selection. From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection to the audience, and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science and the beauty of nature are central in this show.

Oasis in SpaceOasis in Space

Oasis In Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth.

 

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Passport to the Universe

Are you ready for a really big trip? Narrated by Tom Hanks, this movie will whisk you on a fascinating ride from Earth to the outskirts of the universe. You’ll fly beneath the rings of Saturn; into the heart of the Great Orion Nebula to watch stars being born; and finally out to the most distant galaxies. After reaching the edges of our known universe, the tour takes a “virtual shortcut” back to Earth in a free fall; headlong through a black hole. This is a good, general introduction to various parts of the universe.

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Phantom of the Universe

From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, a new planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the manifold search for dark matter. 

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Seeing!

A photon's journey across space, time, and the mind. Seeing is a planetarium show based on a 1-hr PBS documentary "Sight--The Story of Vision" weaving a tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science, technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision.

Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from Zeiss, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

promoSolar Superstorms

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.

 

promoStars: The Powerhouses of the Universe (5-6, MS, HS)

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS.

Suitable for audiences of all ages, this dramatic program features narration by Mark Hamill and stunning 3D animation by NSC creative at the National Space Centre in Leicester, UK. Come see the stars up close and personal! 

promoSunstruck

Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the Sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.

  

promoSupervolcanoes

An immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have released the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. 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. Finally, on a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

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Tales of the Maya Skies

Tales of the Maya Skies is a digital fulldome show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center that takes you on an exciting journey back in time to the beautiful jungle city of Chichén Itzá and the world of the ancient Maya. Here we discover how this ancient civilization learned to interpret the world around them to develop a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, mathematics and science - knowledge that has influenced much of our present day learning.

With spectacular graphic animation, stunning surround sound and narration by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies is an unforgettable immersive experience that both inspires and educates.

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The Search for Life: Are We Alone?

Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ancient mythologies and contemporary science fiction have presented imaginative possibilities, but how does modern science approach this question? The Search for Life: Are We Alone? begins to answer this intriguing question in a breathtaking fulldome video show narrated by actor Harrison Ford.

 

promoTo Space and Back

The exploration of space has a daily impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live.

“To Space and Back” takes the audience on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to the surface of our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above our heads is coming back down to Earth!

promoTotality

“Totality” is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. An eclipse is described simply as when one celestial object bl ocks another from our view. This program, produced by Bays Mountain Planetarium, examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. We also look back to a fasc inating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a total solar eclipse.

promoTwo Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

The story of the telescope, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope. How they work, what sorts of amazing things are visible with modern instruments, the nature of light and optics.

 

 

Entertainment:

Chaos and Order

This show takes audiences on a spectacular journey through a fascinating world of sensuous, ever-evolving images, magnificently choreographed to symphonic electronic music.

Structured into four movements — from geometric forms, algorithms, simulations of chaos theory — the show explores breathtaking animated visuals of unprecedented beauty.

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 Led Zeppelin

Come experience many of Led Zeppelin’s classics in 5.1 surround sound. “Kashmir, ” “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and other greats are set to immersive and surrealistic CG effects in a dome environment that only the Edelman Planetarium can produce.

 

promoMagic of the Otherworld

Journey through the Otherworld — a magical place born from the mythology of many cultures.

It's a place of legends, where mythical creatures once existed in harmony among the mountains, islands, springs, and forests. Today, we experience the Otherworld through our imaginations, and perhaps in our dreams.

Now, this mystical realm can be explored in the immersive fulldome environment in a beautiful entertainment show that comes from Mediendom Kiel. Magic of the Otherworld invites audiences into virtual landscapes accompanied by the beautiful harp music of Christine Högl.

 

BFI

 

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