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 conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendour of the worlds in the Solar System and our scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe takes the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe. (30min.) Grades 5-7
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Embark on an amazing adventure as two children spend a night touring the planets in our solar system alongside their ship’s navigator, a talking astronomy book. This continues to be one of the most popular shows in the fulldome industry world-wide. The narration track was edited in 2007 to account for the reclassification of Pluto as a Dwarf Planet. (40min.) Grades P-6
Dawn of the Space Age
From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space. Who were these Men and Women that took part in these death defying endeavours? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in "Dawn of the Space Age". (41 min.) Grades P+
Earth's Wild Ride
Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and granddaughter watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Conversation leads to contrasts between the moon, the only home the granddaughter knows, and the Earth, where the grandfather has spent most of his life. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth's water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Adventure and appreciation for home fill this 20-minute journey back to the Earth. (20min.) Grades P-6
Back to the Moon for Good
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 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. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? 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. (24 min.) Grades 3+
Oasis in Space
Oasis In Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth. (24min.) Grades 5-7
Origins of Life
Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic 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 inspirational 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's right now! (23 min.)
Natural Selection celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of “On the Origin of Species” and the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. We will join Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his later theory of transmutation by natural selection. From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection to the audience, and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science and the beauty of nature are central in this show. (41min.) Grades 7+
The Hot and Energetic Universe
The Hot and Energetic Universe presents, with the use of immersive visualizations and real images, the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to High Energy Astrophysics. High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent universe. High Energy Astrophysics probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation. (30min.) Grades 7+
Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope
"Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope" show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years. (23min.) Grades 4+
Losing the Dark
Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy but also disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly from space — are testament to the billions of dollars spent in wasted energy by lighting up the sky. "Losing the Dark" introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. The show gives planetarium professionals a tool to help educate the public about the problems of light pollution. (7min.)
Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way
What lies at the heart of our galaxy? For twenty years, ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Keck telescopes have observed the centre of the galaxy, looking at the motion of more than a hundred stars and identifying the position of an otherwise invisible object — the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Embark on a Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way and during seven minutes travel faster than light, from the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile right to the centre of our own galaxy, where a black hole is consuming anything that strays into its path. 84 million stars will appear in front of your eyes, each hiding mysteries waiting to be solved. Are there planets around them, perhaps with moons? Do they have water? Could they harbour life? (7min.)
Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter
Phantom of the Universe is a new planetarium show that showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. The show reveals 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.
The Dark Matter Mystery - Exploring a Cosmic Secret
What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. This fulldome show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery? (38 min.) Grades 8+
Future Moon honors the Apollo astronauts who first landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, and the children of today that may return to the Moon by 2020. Future Moon is a realistic voyage to the Moon narrated by Walter Cronkite and made in conjunction with NASA's Johnson Space Center. Watch the violent collision that created our Moon billions of years ago, join Apollo astronauts as they explore the lunar surface, and hop on board a translunar craft for a journey to your Moon base of tomorrow. Don't miss this opportunity to re-live the Apollo historical moment and see our future lunar colony. (22min.) Grades 2-8
The H2O Cycle
Water. We drink it. Bathe in it. Swim in it. Play in it. But, have you ever really thought about water? For example, do you have any idea how old water is? More than half of the Earths surface is covered with water. And, a lot of that water has been around pretty much as long as the Earth has. That makes water REALLY old. It also means that the water you drink could be the same water an elephant drank 100 years ago or dinosaurs walked in even before that. Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, advection, humidity, transpiration, and even evapotranspiration are introduced and taught in this fulldome movie. (14min.)
Climate Change - What Future Are We Facing?
Earth is the only world in the solar system where we know life exists. Countless species of plants and animals live on its surface and in its oceans. But, Earth is changing. The atmosphere is losing its ability to regulate the comfortable temperatures that help life thrive. Earth is warming up and the signs are obvious. The glaciers of Greenland and the Arctic are melting away. Deserts are growing. The oceans are becoming more acidic. If the warming trend continues, the ice packs in Greenland and Antarctica will disappear in just a few decades. Sea levels will rise. Cities and coastlines will be flooded. Rising temperature will cause more intense storms. Prolonged droughts will expand Earth’s deserts. Whole populations of plants, animals and humans could be wiped out. Are these changes due to Earth’s natural cycles or are humans affecting our climate? Are we on a path of no return? In this documentary, we’re using the latest science to share the story of climate change. Explore it's causes, see its effects, and find out if humans can adapt to the climate change we have caused, or work together to reduce it. (30min.) Grades 3+
Seeing! A Photon's Journey Across Space, Time and Mind
SEEING is a full-immersion planetarium program, using hemispheric 2D and 3D animations and video to teach how human vision works. Imagery from all over the world including humanity, landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife and of space are the backdrop for photo-realistic animations, which are used to create a story of a photons' journey through the eye and its conversion to an electro-chemical impulse that then travels the neuro pathways of the brain to the various centers that create the image the brain sees. A photon's journey across space, time, and the mind. Planetarium show based on a 1-hr PBS documentary "Sight--The Story of Vision" weaving a tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science, technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision. (22min.) All Ages.
Stories in the Stars
European night sky stories are familiar to many people. However the stories indigenous to the southern skies are less well known. Although different Australian Aboriginal groups have different astronomical traditions, there are some broad similarities between many traditions which are often very different to more familiar astronomy. Fulldome show Stories in the Stars explores Indigenous Australian astronomy and how Indigenous culture describes constellations that cannot be seen from northern latitudes. Even constellations that can be seen from Europe appear a different way in the sky in the southern hemisphere. Stories in the Stars shows you a new way--the oldest way--of looking at the night sky. (26min.) Grades 3+
On Dino Planet, Professor Schwartz has been raising dinosaurs since they were eggs. Now he would like to show you his pre-historic pets. Join him for an exciting and educational journey. Observe and learn about different types of dinosaurs as the tour winds through majestic tropical forests, an abandoned launch site and a frozen sled track. The professor is keen to share all he has learned about the creatures in his care. He might need to use his knowledge to return everyone home safely. All ages.
Gopal, Prince of the Cow's Planet
This story is based upon ancient Indian poetic legends. On the beautiful planet Goloka on the slopes of the sacred Govardhan Hill, little Prince Gopal together with his friends grazes herds of cattle. Breaking a tradition of giving honors to Lord Indra, Gopal angered Indra, who decided to avenge himself on the villagers and Gopal. Who will help Gopal and stop ruthless Lord Indra? This film enchants and tells a traditional tale using a young medium. (26min.) All ages.
Let it Snow
A celebration of traditional Christmas songs performed by well-known artists, plus colourful and fascinating animations. This feast of singalong music has with it some examples of modern full dome artwork. A feast of colour for everyone and the perfect show for pre-Christmas entertainment. (30min.) All ages.