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Starry Tales

A Starry Tale

A Starry Tale

A beautiful show that reveals how the constellations received their shape, names, and discover the movement of the moon and planets on the night sky. Mixing the constellations, the astronomical knowledge and the religious faith, be embraced by the birth of the Greek myths, including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra. This starry tale will captivate using enchanting music and beautiful computer animations.

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Asteroid Mission Extreme

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Asteroid Mission Extreme

Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. Using stunning visuals and state-of-the-art computer graphics, the film presents the fascinating idea, based on real science, that asteroids could be used as stepping stones to other worlds, veritable “way stations” in space enabling us to cross the entire solar system. As with any venture in outer space, the challenges involved with making this idea a reality are enormous; however, a mission this extreme could ultimately lead us to learn how to protect our planet and how to successfully inhabit other worlds. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and then tame it for our use, as well as how such an extraordinary adventure could benefit humankind, in Asteroid: Mission Extreme.

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Astronaut

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Astronaut

What does it take to become an astronaut? Join us as we experience a rocket launch from inside the human body. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject our test astronaut, Chad, to everything space has to offer.

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Attack of the Space Pirates

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Attack of the Space Pirates

The Starship Intrepid is the only thing standing between the space pirates and total domination of the universe. It is a race against time as our heroes seek to find the wormhole generator before the pirates do. Who will come out on top?

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Back to the Moon

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Back to the Moon

The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is introduced as the largest incentivized competition to date, designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge.

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Black Holes

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Black Holes

Black holes are the strangest objects in the universe and have been a fascination to mankind for nearly 100 years. Come and explore these strange phenomena and take a breathtaking fanciful tour into a black hole.

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Black Holes – The Other Side of Infinity

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Black Holes – The Other Side of Infinity

Prepare to 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. 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.

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Cell! Cell! Cell!

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Cell! Cell! Cell!

You are made of 70 trillion living cells. They work. They talk. They think. They are what make you alive. This is the story of how they do it.

Join Sooki and Raj on an adventure to explore the human body as they use a series of fantastic instruments to peer inside complex living cells. Uncover the mystery of DNA and discover how we all began as a single, tiny cell.

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Cosmic Adventure

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Cosmic Adventure

This show for families takes audiences on a roller coaster ride from the moon through the universe, our galaxy and our solar system. This high speed adventure will immerse you in some of the most amazing sites in the universe. It will be a ride you will want to take again and again.

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Dawn of the Space Age

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Dawn of the Space Age

Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik through the magnificent lunar landings and on to current manned and unmanned space voyages. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps beyond the confines of Earth. This planetarium show recreates the adventures of modern explorers that took part in these death-defying endeavors. You will also witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore. This spectacular show will make you feel as if you were there with them, reliving a piece of history.

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Dinosaurs at Dusk

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Dinosaurs at Dusk

Dinosaurs at Dusk is an adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly. You’ll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs.

Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out, they experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs.

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Earth, Moon, and Sun

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Earth, Moon and Sun

Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe entices viewers think about how the Earth, Moon, and Sun work together as a system.

Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

Learn why the Sun rises and sets also examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases, and eclipses. Earth, Moon, & Sun explores past and future space travel to our Moon and beyond.

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Edge of Darkness

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Edge of Darkness

Edge of Darkness is the latest fulldome movie produced by Evans & Sutherland. The film features amazing scenes of places never before seen gathered by key space missions that culminated with groundbreaking discoveries in 2015. It features a spectacular flight through the great cliffs of comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating bright “lights” on Ceres, and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons.

Narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.

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Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder

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Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder

Using the latest data from multiple planet-hunting missions including Kepler, ExoPlanets: Worlds Of Wonder follows Mankind’s first Space Probe as it journeys outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers are discovering beyond.

Audiences will explore Gas Giant planets caught in a deadly dance with their host stars, frozen Rogue planets hurling through space, molten rocky worlds now known to science and new planets orbiting within the Goldilocks Zone, the habitable region around a star where Earth-like worlds may exist. In stark contrast to these mysterious and often violent ExoPlanets,

Audiences will also learn about our own Earth, Moon, Sun and the remarkable solar system we inhabit.

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Experience the Aurora

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Experience the Aurora

Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, our crew captured time lapse 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 full dome theaters.

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Exploding Universe

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Exploding 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.

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Extreme Planets

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Extreme Planets

For centuries humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Now we are finally one step closer to knowing the answer. Since the discovery of the first planet orbiting another star in 1995, we know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. In fact, these “extra-solar” planets appear to be quite common.

No one has yet found an Earth-like world with conditions similar to ours, but as the quest for extra-solar planets continues the possibility exists that one day we might find life elsewhere in the Universe, born in the light of another sun. Join us on an adventure as we explore Extreme Planets.

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Faster Than Light

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Faster Than Light

Faster Than Light explores the longstanding quest to develop spacecraft with enough power and speed to reach the stars. The film asks: What will it take to reach a newly discovered planet circling our Sun’s nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri?

Based on real science and engineering, “Faster Than Light” takes audiences on a thrilling journey into the future, aboard laser-driven space sails, antimatter engines, and even warp drive – right out of science fiction.

Narrated by award winning actor and fan favorite Sean Bean, known as Ned Stark from HBO’s Game of Thrones, and Boromir from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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Ice Worlds

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Ice Worlds

The delicate balance between ice, water, and the existence of life has been a topic of exploration and discovery in science for generations. In traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we’ll examine the ecosystems that live and thrive there and see 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 Emily Watson, star of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

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Incoming!

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Incoming!

In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Incoming!, audiences will discover how asteroids and comets have collided with our planet throughout history, changing the course of life on Earth and shaping the world we know today. From the comfort of a planetarium seat, viewers will embark on a dynamic journey on the trail of asteroids and comets, get an up close look at the advanced technologies that allow scientists to detect asteroids before they reach Earth, and visualize historic space events billions of years in the making—all within an immersive, all-digital dome that brings the captivating story our cosmic origins to life like never before .

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Invaders of Mars

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Invaders of Mars

The invaders have landed! Join us as we study the Martian surface as seen by Earth’s various spacecraft “invaders.” We will explore the great chasms, canyons, and volcanoes, descend amid the ice of a Martian polar cap, and be buffeted by swirling dust devils. Blinded by the planet-wide storms which engulf this world from time to time, we emerge to discover the red planet Mars.

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Journey to Space

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Journey to Space

In the past half century, humans have punched through the stratosphere, walked on the Moon, and lived continuously in orbit. In the coming decades, our unquenchable curiosity will take our species beyond the cradle of Earth to touch the face of another world. Strap in for the next giant leap. Next stop … Mars!

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Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef

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Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef

“Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef” transports the viewer to a tropical reef…a colorful, one-of-a-kind world that is full of adventure, danger, riddles and old legends. It’s a world inhabited by creatures that are humorous and courageous, lovable and bizarre, often charming and sometimes dangerous.

This planetarium show follows Jake and Shorty, two fish from the reef, on their adventures as they try to restore the magic of their home Kaluoka’hina. Their only lead is an ancient legend that tells of touching the moon… but how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty will have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever.

Spectacular underwater scenery, playful characters, and totally immersive environment of the planetarium make this show a must-see.

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Lamps of AtlantiS

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Lamps of Atlantis

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.

Good for all ages, 6th grade and higher.

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Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin

Even after 35 years of laser shows, “Led Zeppelin” remains one of the most popular music shows ever performed in planetariums, neck and neck with “Pink Floyd.” Now see what Clark Planetarium Productions has done with it for the fulldome arena! This show delves further into the surrealistic environments than any other music entertainment show, transporting visitors into dozens of mood provoking settings. The motions are more calculated to heighten the transportive feeling, drawing audiences deeper into the scenes. This image library can be fit to Led Zeppelin’s classics such as “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Rock and Roll.”

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Let It Snow

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Let It Snow

“Let it Snow” features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects and all-dome scenery in the audiovisual setting of the Planetarium’s Hansen Dome Theatre.

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The Life of Trees

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The Life of Trees

Trees are essential for all life on Earth. They are among the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. By means of photosynthesis the leaves combine the water and salts with carbon dioxide from the air to produce the nutrients which feed the tree. Trees also remove carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, from the air.

The Life of the Trees is an entertaining and educational full dome experience that tells the fascinating world of trees. The story is presented by two quirky animated characters: a ladybug called DOLORES and a firefly called MIKE. The characters and the settings have been chosen with the idea of using the full dome format in a fascinating visual way that perfectly supports the educational aspect of the show.

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The Making of a Star

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The Making of a Star

Discover how human thought and understanding has changed dramatically over the centuries and come explore how stars form and how x-rays from the forming star may impede the formation of planetary systems.

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Mars 1001

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Mars 1001

A daring 1000 day mission to fly an international crew to Mars and return them safely to Earth. Many hurdles will have to be taken in order to succeed. Embark on the greatest adventure of the 21st century and unlock the secrets of the new World!

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Mystery of the Christmas Star

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Mystery of the Christmas Star

One of our most popular shows of the year, Mystery of the Christmas Star explores the historical significance of the Biblical story of this brilliant star that led the Wise Men on their journey to the baby Jesus. You will be immersed in spectacular images while this show offers a scientific view of what the star of Bethlehem may have been. The planetarium is a perfect place to study this because of its ability to exactly reproduce the skies as seen from Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.

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Natural Selection

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Natural Selection

In Victorian times many physical phenomena were already discovered and described by natural laws, but life’s most eloquent mechanism was still unknown. How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction? Charles Darwin pondered these questions on an adventurous voyage of exploration aboard the HMS Beagle.

In Natural Selection you will witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the world through Darwin’s eyes, make observations of the most beautiful natural scenery, and let Darwin himself reveal his theory of natural selection. This simple and elegant theory explains the formation and diversity of life on Earth.

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Origins of Life

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Origins of Life

Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science; the origin of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, the show explores pre-biotic chemistry in the universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Furthermore, Origins of Life covers the great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is a motivational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances it would be right now!

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Perfect Little Planet

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Perfect Little Planet

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 Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

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Robot Explorer

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Robot Explorer

Near the end of the twentieth century, we began launching unmanned probes into the far reaches of the solar system. What they discovered was amazing and in some cases unexpected.

Now after dozens of probes have been deployed, the exploration continues. New space missions are underway, and many of these robust spacecraft are still operational, beaming their knowledge back to Earth every day.

We will pay tribute to these robots who have explored in our place and experience what they have taught us about our solar system.

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Rock Hall of Fame

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Rock Hall of Fame

If you are looking for a wild ride and thrill-a-minute entertainment, this show is for you. Stunning visuals are synchronized to the rhythm of some of your favorite classic rock songs. It’s truly a feast for both the eyes and ears.

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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers, Marcus and Bonnie, and experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets with guidance from Astronomy Book – a character personified by a wise, kind old man. Spectacular views abound in this fun yet educational view of the solar system. Great for grades 2-5.

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Secrets of Gravity

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Secrets of Gravity

The twelve-year-old Luke is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than boring magic spells. He is fascinated by the stars, the universe and the laws of nature. One night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey through space and time during which they not only uncover the secrets of gravity but also learn about friendship and imagination. Two friends on a journey through space and time.

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Seven Wonders

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Seven Wonders

Join us as we travel back in time to explore the Seven Wonders of the world. In Ancient Egypt we will visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, then travel to Persia to view the Mausoleum, and to Babylon to be awed by the fabled Hanging Gardens. The journey will continue to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and then to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders.

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Solar Superstorms

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Solar Superstorms

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 inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois.

Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next Solar Superstorm.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his roles as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Sherlock Holmes in the BBC hit Sherlock, and his portrayals of both Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, the latter earning him a Golden Globe.

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Space Junk

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Space Junk

Space Junk, narrated by Academy Award Nominee Tom Wilkinson, is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of out planet’s orbits. Harnessing the magical imagery of Giant Screen, Full Dome and Digital Theater, Director Melissa Butts takes us soaring from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits, 22,000 miles above earth.

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Stars: The Powerhouse of the Universe

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Stars: The Powerhouse of the Universe

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. Suitable for audiences of all ages, this dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill and stunning 3D animation by NSC Creative. Educational content includes stellar evolution, space exploration, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the history of astronomy.

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Tales of a Time Traveler

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Tales of a Time Traveler

Time travel like never imagined! Explore ancient civilizations. Witness the birth of the universe. Journey to the edge of a black hole. In Tales of a Time Traveler, you will discover that time is not so easily defined. Time is illusive, impossible to hold. It can’t be owned. It can’t be stopped. Time travel surrounds you from the biological clock in your brain and the changing shadows on a sundial, to the history of life on Earth. Then the story expands to the lives of stars, the time scale of the Big Bang, and the distortion of time by gravity.

Narrated by David Tennant, known for his role as the 10th Doctor in BBC’s megahit show Doctor Who, and as the villainous Kilgrave in Marvel’s Jessica Jones

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To Space and Back

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To Space and Back

Space exploration—our greatest adventure—is having a big impact on our lives. It’s helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it’s reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live.

To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!

Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications of a spyglass-using two small pieces of glass-to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. This show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Join us as we view the magnificence of Saturn’s rings and explore the Galilean Moons and other galaxies. We gain an understanding of how some of the largest observatories operate and see how telescopes are used in exploration of the cosmos.

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U2

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U2

Experience one of the greatest bands of the past several decades with your eyes and ears! U2 provides the first opportunity ever to listen to both classic and modern hits complemented with the latest in fulldome art and digital graphics.

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Violent Universe

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Violent Universe

The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart. Narrated by Patrick Stewart.

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