Our one-hour presentations include an introduction to our local night sky, along with a full-dome movie. Please check the schedule for movie options and dates.
Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.
Embark on a startling and beautiful voyage through our solar system, galaxy, and universe in search of water—a key ingredient for life on Earth. Your exploration starts on Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible. Along the way you’ll fly by the other planets and their moons, learning about their characteristics such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition. Learn where water comes from in the cosmos and the conditions necessary for it to exist as a precious, life-giving liquid.
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun explores a timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist?
Through the discovery of exoplanets—the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting stars beyond the Sun—we have learned that our solar system is not alone in the universe and have had to redefine our understanding of planets and solar systems. With rapidly improving technology and recent endeavors like the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of exoplanets represents one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe? Co-written with Alan Lightman, this show features an original orchestral score.
Why do the Sun, Moon, and stars seem to move across the sky? Why are different evening star patterns visible at different times of the year? Why does the Moon seem to change shape from time to time? This amusing and educational planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, a character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. 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.
Recommended for ages 5-11
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die. This beautifully crafted show highlights the life cycles and diversity of stars in the universe around us. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Patrick Stewart, star of Star Trek – The Next Generation.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Explore the wonderful worlds that circle our remarkable sun
Starting from the outermost reaches of the solar system, take a cosmic journey from Pluto to Earth. Zoom past planets revolving above you. See ringed systems of the outer planets and the detail of various moons, all digitally rendered using real images from satellites. Finally, return home to Earth, and contrast our home planet with the other worlds you've explored. In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, you'll travel through our Solar System faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.
Produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Running Time: 23 minutes
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.
Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, NASA's Sci-Vis Studio, and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science. Supported by PA State Film Office. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Running Time: 24 minutes
Why do things fall? They don’t drop from down to up, or from left to right. If an object is not supported it will surely fall until it hits the ground. The reason is, of course, gravity: the pull of the Earth, the attractive force. But what if that attractive force didn’t actually exist? If there's no pull, what causes objects to fall? The answer to that question is an amazing one indeed. It's time to unlock the secrets of gravity...in Gravity Revealed!
Produced by Starlight Studios.
Running Time: 25 minutes
With all the controversy surrounding Pluto’s status as a planet, it is easy to lose track of the bigger story - a rich new class of worlds is being uncovered in the outer solar system. These discoveries strongly suggest that there may be an unknown world, far beyond the other eight planets, a world much larger than anything discovered in that region so far. Come join astronomer Mike Brown, "Pluto Killer", on the journey toward the scientific discovery of the century - the discovery of Planet Nine.
Adler Planetarium/Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.
Running Time: 28 minutes
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun—high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 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.
Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: coronal mass ejections.
The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the Sun’s inner workings, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.
A co-production of Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, and Thomas Lucas Productions. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch; with major support from the National Science Foundation and the Pennsylvania State Film Office.