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Planetarium Shows Available by Appointment


Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Narrated by actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge presentation takes the planetarium audience to the most frightening objects in the universe:  the black holes. Visitors will learn about the evolution of stars, the types of stars that produce black holes when they die, and the super-massive black holes in the centers of galaxies. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium.
This is a 35-minute presentation.


 

 

 IBEX: The Interstellar Boundary Mission
This planetarium sky show explores the exciting IBEX space mission which seeks to answer the question where does the solar system end and interstellar space begin. This is an ongoing mission with new results every day. This visually impressive program reviews are knowledge of our place in the universe before IBEX, the mission objectives, and some preliminary results. The sky show will be followed by a brief tour of the night sky.
This is a 40-minute presentation. 



Mystery of the Christmas Star
Anyone who has read the Bible has learned of the glory and the wonder of the “Star” that declared the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet, it seems few people of that time, including King Herod’s court astronomers, were aware of the star’s appearance. What was the “Star” referred to in scripture? “Mystery of the Christmas Star” investigates possible dates for the sighting of the “Star,” and looks at significant astronomical events visible in the sky in those time frames. See which of the “sky signs” remarkable enough to have caused the Wise Men to travel over 600 miles through the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium.
This is a 35-minute presentation.


Oasis in Space
“Oasis in Space” transports the planetarium audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, Milky Way galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water - a key ingredient for life on Earth. The program will be followed by a brief sky tour of the current night sky using the planetarium.
This is a 35-minute presentation.






Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe
Narrated with the voice talent of actor Mark Hamill, “Stars:  The Powerhouses of the Universe,” takes the planetarium visitors on a journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to experience both the beauty and destructive power of stars. From their birth in vast clouds of gas to their spectacular luminous deaths, stars release the energy that powers the universe. The program will be followed by a brief tour of the current night sky, using the planetarium.
This is a 35-minute presentation.


Supervolcanoes
This impressive sky show takes the planetarium visitor on a tour of past and present super volcanoes on Earth which have changed the course of Earth’s history or will impact the future. The program leaves the Earth and explores some of the super volcanoes found elsewhere in the solar system. This program will be followed by a brief tour of the night sky.
This is a 40-minute presentation.
 

 

  



Two Small Pieces of Glass
This sky show explores the amazing telescope, from its historical origin, to the great initial discoveries with its use, to the Hubble Space telescope and other latest ventures. During its 400 year history, the telescope has allowed us to quite literally discover the universe. This program will be followed by a brief tour of the night sky.
This is a 40-minute presentation.
 

 

 




The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather
From the far reaches of outer space, from the bright orange planet Zula, comes the Zula Patrol! Based on the #1-rated NBC Saturday Morning TV series “The Zula Patrol. It  is designed for children ages 4-9 and their families.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.
This is a 35-minute presentation.