PDSC PLANETARIUM DOME

PDSC is exctied to now offer planetarium shows in our 20' inflatable dome! Shows are every Saturday at 11:00 and are free with the purshase of museum admission or an annual membership. See below for a list of shows and descriptions. 

 

Each showing can accommodate 15-20 people and will be first come, first served. Shows last approximately 30 minutes. We ask that once you enter the dome, you do not exit until the end of the show. Please use the restroom in advance and prepare to sit on the floor for the duration of the show. Seat cushions available for use. 

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June 

4: Two Small Pieces of Glass – 2016 

Galileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Learn about how telescopes have transformed our view of the universe! 

Length: 23 minutes 

 

11: Sunstruck – 2014 

Explore the sun in all its glory in this fulldome show. Sunstruck takes us on a journey to discover the wonders of our magnificent sun and investigate how our star has supported life on Earth for millennia. This program includes information on the structure of our sun, the source of its energy, and how solar activity impacts our world. 

Length: 20 minutes 

 

18: Seeing! A Photon’s Journey Across Time, Space and Mind - 2017 

Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this planetarium show investigates how our eyes and brain allow us to see the world around us. Follow a photon from its creation in the core of a distant star to its journey across the galaxy into a young stargazer’s eye. Then, follow the photon through the various structures of the eyeball and finally along the optic nerve into the brain. 

Length: 26 minutes 

 

25: The Dark Matter Mystery – 2019 

About a quarter of the entire universe consists of mysterious dark matter. We know it's there, but we don't know what it's made of. Immerse yourself in the greatest mystery of science in the Planetarium. Let us show you how we know that dark matter exists. Follow the researchers as they make observations deep into space and conduct experiments deep underground. Can they uncover the mystery of dark matter? Program author Professor Rafael Lang researches the phenomenon of dark matter at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. 

Length: 38 minutes 

July 

2: Out There – 2017 

Out There - The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds tells the story of how human curiosity has driven us to look outwards for millennia, to discover and explore new and distant worlds and to find the unfamiliar and extraordinary forms of life that could exist in the mysterious realms of the Universe. 

Length: 31 minutes 

 
9: Mayan Archaeoastronomy – 2017 

In a feast of colors and sounds, Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe makes a tour of 6 Mayan temples: San Gervasio, Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like the Sun, the Moon and Venus. 

Length: 35 minutes 

 
16: Journey to Mars – 2015 

NASA wants you to be part of the Journey to Mars. Today, NASA is pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation. NASA’s fleet of robotic scientific explorers at Mars are paving the way for human exploration. Join us in a monumental journey of a lifetime to extend the frontiers of human exploration, gaze across alien landscapes, and see our Sun rise over new horizons. Join us for NASA’s JOURNEY TO MARS. 

Length: 20 minutes 

 

23: Search for the Edge of the Solar System – 2009 

This fulldome and flat-screen planetarium show follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft, giving audiences an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of the boundary of our Solar System. 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.  

Length: 30 minutes 

 
30: The Hot and Energetic Universe – 2016 

The planetarium documentary "The Hot and Energetic Universe" presents with the use of Immersive Visualizations 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. 

Length: 30 minutes 

August 

6: From Earth to the Universe – 2016 

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. This stunning, 30-minute voyage through space and time - the world's first free download-able full-dome planetarium movie - conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. 

Length: 30 minutes 

 

13: Dark: Understanding Dark Matter – 2014 

"Dark" is a full-dome movie that explains and explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80 percent of the mass of the universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time - the solution to which will help us understand why the universe is as it is, where it came from and how it has evolved over billions of years - the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity, and, through science, we can attempt to understand it. 

Length: 30 minutes 

 

20: Cosmic Castaways – 2013 

There are places where the 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, traveling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. But some find themselves on their own, deep within the galaxies. These are the cosmic castaways.  

Length: 20 minutes 

 
27: Phantom of the Universe – 2017 

Phantom of the Universe is an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show will reveal the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine. From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter. 

Length: 28 minutes 

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