Space Dome Movies
Get lost in the cosmos
Movies in the Space Dome Planetarium will take you into the galaxy and beyond! All movies are 30 minutes in length. Have any questions? Stay after for the Q&A after each program!
Wednesday – Sunday
10 am, 1 pm, 3 pm
This show provides an intimate look at the role of the Sun plays in the life of the solar system. From the nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun, to the mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, you will experience the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets and ultimately life on Earth. Trace the life cycle of the Sun itself, going back to its beginnings and moving forward in time to its eventual death.
This show is a historical look at how humans have envisioned the universe through the ages. Visit some of the ancient sites where human ancestors erected great structures with special astronomical significance. Finally, look at the Universe through the eyes of today’s scientists and space explorers to build up a spectacular overview of the heavens.
For ages, people have searched for life among the universe. Travel to yet undiscovered planets in the far reaches of space and discover how creatures may look like based on environmental conditions much different than Earth’s. From the giant insect-like forms on low-gravity planets, to the highly muscular star-shaped creatures on high-gravity worlds, this show transforms scientific theory into exotic worlds filled with fantastic creatures never before imagined.
Experience the hardships of a comet’s long voyage around the sun, and discover the mystical fear human ancestors associated with comets. Step through the life-cycle of a star. Witness the formation of a galaxy, and fly through the dust and gas of the Milky Way. Finally, embark on tour through the Solar System to acquire fantastic views of our planetary brothers and sisters. This show truly depicts the wonders of our universe.
While attending a local star party, two teenage students learn how the telescope has helped us understand our place in space and how telescopes continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Their conversation with a local female astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. The students see how telescopes work and how the largest observatories in the world use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe.
Take a look at the Earth, Moon, Sun system and how it has influenced life on Earth. Watch as the Moon formed, visit places that could be the origin of life, learn about the phases of the Moon, seasons, and see eclipses. Courtesy of Northern Kentucky University.
Open your child’s eyes to the sky! This 20 minute planetarium show follows 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. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, draw constellations and count the time it takes the sun to set. The show aims to nurture a child’s natural sense of wonder about the night sky.
Made possible at Sci-Port by the Colleen J. Papai Memorial Fund
To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE ($30 million dollars), 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. The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.
An XPRIZE production created by NSC Creative