Below is a complete list of the full-dome videos the Science Dome has available with recommended age groups. The list is followed by descriptions and previews (if available) of individual shows.
- Flight Adventures (Elementary and Middle School)
- Two Small Pieces of Glass (All Ages)
- Hidden Universe (All Ages)
- Back to the Moon For Good (All Ages)
- Moons:Worlds of Mystery (All Ages)
- Chasing the Ghost Particle (All Ages)
- Chaos and Order (All Ages)
- Experience the Aurora (All Ages)
- From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA (All Ages)
- Space School (All Ages)
- Habitat Earth (All Ages)
- Dynamic Earth (Third Grade and Up)
- Life: A Cosmic Story (Third Grade and Up)
- Secret Lives of Stars (Third Grade and Up)
- Planet Nine (Third Grade and Up)
- Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun (Third Grade and Up)
- Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (Middle School and Up)
- Lamps of Atlantis (Middle School and Up)
- Wayfinders: Waves, Wind and Stars
- To Worlds Beyond: Journey Through The Solar System
- Destination Mars
- How It Was Told To Me
Flight Adventures (Elementary and Middle School)
Dreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multi-media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight. See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine where flight might take us.
Two Small Pieces of Glass (All Ages)
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. A local astronomer enlightens them on the history of the telescope and the discoveries these wonderful tools have made. While looking through the astronomer’s telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. They also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others. The soundtrack was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Hidden Universe (All Ages)
An extraordinary journey deep into space, the documentary adventure Hidden Universe brings to life the farthest reaches of our universe with unprecedented clarity through real images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes-seen on-screen. Stunning, high-resolution images of space allow moviegoers to explore the earliest galaxies, watch stars being born in vivid clouds of gas and dust, tour the surface of Mars, and witness images of distant celestial structures including stunning views of the Sun.
Back to the Moon for Good (All Ages)
Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
Moons: Worlds of Mystery (All Ages)
Experience the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system. Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Journey to the outer planets and their moons, returning home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate solar system in which we all live.
Chasing the Ghost Particle (All Ages)
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the insides of stars and galaxies. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive look into exploding stars and black holes.
In this 30-minute show, stunning views of the most extreme places in our universe, the galaxies around us, and the Earth and the Sun are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside the detector, looking for traces of neutrinos from when they collide with atoms in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe will take you on a journey you will never forget. Chasing the Ghost Particle is a co-production of MPM and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC) of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony (All Ages)
Do math equations have a color? Do they have a sound? Media-artist Rocco Helmchen and composer Johannes Kraas try to answer these questions in their latest full-dome edutainment show Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony. Structured into four “movements” from geometric forms, algorithms, simulations to chaos theory, the show explores breathtaking animated visuals of unprecedented beauty in the realm of math. Experience the fundamental connection between reality and mathematics, as science and art are fused together in this immersive celebration of the one language of our universe.
Experience the Aurora (All Ages)
Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, E&S crews captured time-lapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fish-eye 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.
From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA (All Ages)
Inside NASA, experience the excitement of today’s space missions as you journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto. Immerse yourself in the adventure and extremes of spacecraft engineering—from the design of missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations. When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.
Space School (All Ages)
From a habitat hidden deep underwater in Florida, to the world’s most amazing swimming pool, dive into the underwater world of outer space! Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space.
From microgravity simulation at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to living under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base, astronauts spend a lot of time training underwater. Space School is a fascinating and beautifully filmed live-action dome film produced by the Emmy award-winning team that produces Jonathan Bird’s Blue World.
Habitat Earth (All Ages)
Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
Dynamic Earth (Third Grade and Up)
The award-winning 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.
Dynamic Earth is the result of a two-year long collaboration between Spitz Creative Media, the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and NASA Earth Science. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Life: A Cosmic Story (Third Grade and Up)
Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California. From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth. After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. The first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce, and entire worlds take shape. On the early Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented — one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial “hot puddle” on a volcanic island. From these microscopic beginnings, life transformed the entire Earth as it evolved and diversified: filling the atmosphere with oxygen, turning the continents green, and altering global climate patterns. The 25-minute show ends with a review of geological evidence and the connectedness of all living things on Earth.
Secret Lives of Stars (Third Grade and Up)
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. We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films.
Planet Nine (Third Grade and Up)
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.
Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun (Third Grade and Up)
This show 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 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?
Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (Middle School and Up)
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. 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. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Lamps of Atlantis (Middle and High School)
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. Narrated by Terry O’Quinn, John Locke from TV’s LOST.
Planet Nine (Third Grade and Up)
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.
Wayfinders: Waves, Wind and Stars
In Wayfinders: Waves, Winds, and Stars, learn how to read the stars and interpret the wind and waves as we follow the story of Hawaii’s Polynesian Voyaging Society and their efforts to recover the nearly lost techniques of traditional Polynesian navigation aboard the double-hulled canoe Hōkūleʻa. Fulldome footage and animation blend together to take viewers aboard Hōkūleʻa and demonstrate how ancient wayfinders were able to navigate halfway across the world without the use of modern instruments. Produced by Bishop Museum in collaboration with Polynesian Voyaging Society and 1001 Stories.
To Worlds Beyond: Journey Through The Solar System
From the fiery surface of the Sun to the icy realm of comets, travel to worlds with enormous volcanoes, vast canyons, dazzling rings, and storms that would swallow the Earth. Learn more about Mars and Pluto too!
The next giant leap in human spaceflight is upon us. NASA - and others - have their sights set on the Red Planet, and they’re building the technology to get us there! Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives audiences an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.
How It Was Told To Me
How It Was Told to Me is a series of three short videos approximately 5 minutes each.
The Creation Story is The New Zealand Māori Story of how Ranginui the Sky Father and Papatūanuku the Earth Mother, held each other in such a tight embrace that no light could shine through and their many children had to live in darkness. After years of struggle, Tūmatauenga and Tāne Mahuta plot to push their parents apart, while Tāwhirimātea fights back to keep them together, resulting in the creation of the world, and the three brothers becoming the Māori gods of war, the forest, and the winds.
Rona and the Moon tells the New Zealand Māori story of how Marama, the Moon, came to look the way it does in our southern skies today. We meet Rona in a quaint fishing village on the night of a full moon, as she prepares a feast for her family’s return from the great seas. Rona’s sharp temper, quick tongue and impulsive actions have life-changing consequences.
The Great Waka tells the New Zealand Māori story of how a fisherman, Tamareriti, created the Milky Way with all its constellations, and for the first time brought light to our Southern night skies. Look up from The South Pacific, and you’ll see his Great Waka canoe traveling across the sky. Find out how the waka came to be there and how through the ages it has guided Polynesian sailors navigating the southern seas. There are many versions of these stories stemming from different Iwi tribes of Aotearoa New Zealand. These three short short films were developed by OHU Domes for Stardome's 'Matariki Dawn' show in Auckland, and feature recordings of traditional Māori instruments by Dr Richard Nunns, narration by Te Kohe Tuhaka, Tānea Heke, Rangimoana Taylor with sound design by Dylan Storey.