Need help deciding what show to schedule? Check out our show guide for the best pick for your group:

The Cosmic Recipe (All Ages)

All Ages

The famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

Though that may sound crazy, Sagan was onto something BIG! Want to know what? Pull up a chair at our Planetarium’s Periodic Table and learn the cosmic recipes that created everything in our world – even us! Discover how the Big Bang and the stars have cooked up the everyday elements we interact with every day—like the calcium in our teeth, the silicon in our smartphones, and even the carbon in our apple pies.

Explore the world of chemistry—the protons, neutrons and electrons! See how tiny atoms relate to the mammoth stars! Connect the physical worlds of the small and large in this engaging and inspiring show.

Running Time: 25 minutes


 Exploding Universe (All Ages)

All Ages

Out of devastating events in the cosmos comes new creation.  Explosive phenomena are responsible for the way we see the universe today, and not all of them happen on a grand scale.

When giant stars explode as “supernovas,” they seed the galaxies with heavy elements that make planets and life possible.  Some collisions we’re only just now starting to understand.  For example, when Black Holes collide, they can throw off some of the most energetic particles known, ripping and warping space as they go.  But other “explosions” have profound effects as well, such as the beauty and power of supervolcanoes which have contributed to the transformation of our world into the life bearing oasis we now enjoy.  The smallest of explosions, such as the forced impact of high energy particles, can echo the foundational events of the early universe.

As the universe has transformed into the structure we live in now, even the most elementary particles have endured.  This show follows the path of one of these “particles,” a proton, as it participates in nature’s astounding events of rebirth and renewal.

Running Time: 30 minutes


 Experience the Aurora (All Ages)

 All Ages

Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, our crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses.  The results are spectacular.  For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky.  This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in fulldome theaters.


©2011 Evans & Sutherland


Running Time: 27 minutes

Totality (All Ages)

All Ages

This program is all about eclipses – from lunar to total solar. We cover how they occur and what happens when they do. We look back to the proof of general relativity and look forward to upcoming eclipses and where to witness them. Our production includes a variety of wonderful styles – from spectacular space environments to humorous pop-up books. A very special part of the show relates, in a very human way, what happens when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse.

Running Time: 25 minutes



 Back To The Moon For Good (all ages)

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All Ages

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

Running Time: 24 minutes


 Accidental Astronauts (2nd Grade and younger)

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

2nd Grade and younger

Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer.  Follow an asteroid as it crashes into the Moon. Bounce along with them on the lunar surface. Get up close and personal with a solar storm and gain a new appreciation of our home planet. “The Accidental Astronauts” is a space adventure for all ages.


Running Time: 30 minutes


The Making Of A Star And Her Entourage: A Celestial Journey Through Time  (4th and Older)


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All Ages

Discover how human thought and understanding of the universe has changed dramatically over the centuries.

Produced by students and staff of Colgate University and funded by a Chandra X-ray Telescope grant by Colgate professor Jeff Bary.

Running Time: 30 minutes


Chasing The Ghost Particle: From The South Pole To The Edge Of The Universe  (All Ages)


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All Ages

Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The detector is IceCube! The messengers are neutrinos–ghostly particles that give us tantalizing looks into world of exploding stars and black holes.

This show tells the incredible story of how an international team of scientists and engineers transformed one billion tons of Antarctic ice into a telescope. Building IceCube was a titanic endeavor driven by our human passion for discovery.

Audiences will witness stunning views of the South Pole, captivating animations of the IceCube detectors capturing a neutrino collision–and eye-catching views of the cosmos. CHASING THE GHOST PARTICLE: FROM THE SOUTH POLE TO THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE will take you on a journey you will never forget.

A co-production of the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Running Time: 30 minutes


One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Pre-K & Younger)

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Show

Pre-K and younger audience

Follow Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the Moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set. One, World, One Sky is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and was produced with major support from the National Science Foundation.

Perfect Little Planet (K – 4th Grade)


Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

For all ages, recommended for Kindergarten – 4th Grade School Groups

Imagine the ultimate space vacation! 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 the Dwarf Planet Pluto. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the icy rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter, and walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages! Produced by the Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City, UT.

Cannot be scheduled alongside Planetary Visions

Running Time: 24 minutes


Flight Adventures (Ages 8 – Adults)


Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

For Ages 8 to Adults

Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multi-media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight. See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine where flight might take us. Produced by The Children’s Museum Indianapolis in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and WFYI Productions with funding through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP).

Running Time: 22 minutes

Planetary Visions: A Solar System Adventure (4th Grade – 6th Grade Minimum of 30 visitors to preform)

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

All ages – Especially recommended for 4th graders studying our Solar System.

Make sure your seat belt is securely fastened as we blast off with “Toggle” on an adventurous and interactive tour of the Solar System! Detailed information about the planets, moons and Sun is provided as we fly through the various regions within our Solar neighborhood. Full dome digital production from Bays Mountain Planetarium.

Cannot be scheduled alongside Perfect Little Planet

Running Time: 35 minutes

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (all ages, recommended for 6th-12th school groups)

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

All Ages, recommended for 6th-12th school groups

Galileo’s telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our views of the cosmos and our place within. It is a revolution which,over four hundred years later, continues. Today you can attend star parties where amateur astronomers set up their telescopes for public viewing. Views through such telescopes would have amazed Galileo. Two Small Pieces of Glass puts you in the middle of a modern star party. Discover the wonders that even a small amateur telescope can reveal and learn about the scientists that made such views possible. Produced by Carnegie Science Center, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Interstellar Studios.

Running Time: 23 minutes

Ice Worlds (all ages)

Ice_WorldsDigistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

All ages

The delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life has been a topic of scientific inquiry for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we’ll examine the exosystems that exist and thrive there and learn how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our solar system. Narrated by two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actress,  Emily Watson. Produced by Evans and Sutherland Digital Productions.

Running Time: 25 minutes

Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine (All Ages)

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The award-winning Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. 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.

Narrated by Liam Neeson

Dynamic Earth is the result of a two-year long collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the  Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science.

  • Finalist – Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2012
  • Award Winner – South Korea Planetarium Fest, 2012
  • SIGGRAPH 2012 Electronic Theater – Coronal Mass Ejection and Ocean/Wind Circulation Visualization
  • Award Winner – Marine Biosphere, Jena Fulldome Festival 2011
  • Public Choice Award – Short Films, Espinho Immersive Film Festival 2011

Running Time: 24 minutes


Stars: The Powerhouses of the Universe (4th Grade – Adults)

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

4th Grade – Adults

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 lights the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.

STARS, narrated by actor Mark Hamill, is the Sudekum Planetarium’s first original full-dome, digital production. Adventure Science Center collaborated with the National Space Centre in Leicester, England, to create this stunning 26-minute show exploring the powerhouses of the universe and our relationship with the night sky throughout history.

Running Time: 26 minutes

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System (6th Grade – Adults)

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation

6th – Adults

Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Designed for visitors who desire to learn more about scientific 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. Produced by the Adler Planetarium. For more information, NASA IBEX and SWRI IBEX.

Running time: 28 minutes with an additional 3 minutes IBEX Science Update

Life: A Cosmic Story (All Ages)

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All Ages

Life: A Cosmic Story begins in a redwood forest, with the sounds of wind and life. One redwood looms large, until we approach its branches and enter one of its leaves, adjusting our perspective to microscopic scales inside a cell. We see a pared-down version of its inner workings, learning about the process of photosynthesis and the role of DNA. This scene sets the stage for the story of life.

We then leap backward billions of years to the origin of elements themselves. The early Universe contained mostly dark matter, which drew hydrogen and helium together to form the first stars. The carbon and heavier elements required by living organisms came from generations of stars.

Narrated by Jodie Foster. Produced by the California Academy of Sciences in 2011, winner of Best Fulldome Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

Running time: 25 minutes

Lamps of Atlantis (6th Grade – Adults)

Digistar 5 Fulldome Planetarium Presentation

6th Grade – Adults

Our search for the lost continent of Atlantis takes us on a journey through the astronomical knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greeks. How did the constellations get their names? What different patterns did ancient cultures see in the sky? Was Atlantis a real place? Did it really sink into the sea? We will uncover clues to help us solve this age-old mystery. Narrated by Terry O’Quinn, John Locke from TV’s LOST. From Evans and Sutherland Digital Theater Productions. Images Credit: Evans and Sutherland

Running time: 25 minutes

Live Solar System Tour (6th Grade – Adults)

Digistar 5 Fulldome Live Interactive Presentation

6th Grade – Adults

Interactive live show covering the planets as we take a fun virtual tour of our solar system.  (45-60 minutes)

Image credit: Evans & Sutherland

Constellations: Current Sky

Digistar 5 Full-Dome Live Interactive Presentation

K – 12th Grade and Adults

What’s up in the sky tonight?  (5-15 minutes depending on group)

Last updated: 12/17/2018

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