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Public Shows


Night Catch and Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

Night Catch and Two Small Pieces of Glass

Showtime: Friday at 7 p.m. | Saturday 7 p.m.
Night Catch
“Night Catch,” is based on the children’s book written by Brenda Ehrmantraut and illustrated by Vicki Wehrman. “Night Catch” is aimed at military families and relays how special the North Star can be when you and your deployed loved one are on different sides of the world. In this story, a soldier is deployed overseas and enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son who is home stateside. It’s a tale of two hearts and the one star that keeps them together.

 

 


Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

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.

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. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.



Approximate Time: 45 mins.


We Are Astronomers

We Are Astronomers

Showtime: Friday at 8 p.m. | Saturday at 4 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Today's astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. "We Are Astronomers" follows astronomers from around the globe as they work together, answering the unresolved questions of the stars using incredible scientific technology. You'll participate in an international quest to uncover the secrets of far off galaxies, decipher the code of starlight and be immersed in the world of exotic galaxies and endless possibilities while charting changes and challenges in stargazing since time began.

 

 


Approximate Time: 45 mins.

 

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

 

Wildest WeatherShowtime: Friday at 9 p.m. | Saturday at 8 p.m.
Join us on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Audiences will fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter. The show is packed with eye-popping visuals and cutting-edge science and is a thrill ride for everyone.

 

 

 


Approximate Time: 45 mins.

 

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Showtime: Saturday at 11 a.m.
The stalwart heroes of the Zula Patrol are on an expedition collecting samples of weather for scientist Multo's research using their loyal pet Gorga's ability to collect and bottle all kinds of weather. But when the Zula gang inadvertently hurts Gorga's feelings, he decides to leave Zula and find another planet to live on. Interplanetary villain Dark Truder then tricks Gorga into stealing the weather from other planets as part of his latest scheme to rule the universe. The gang set out after Gorga to bring him home and in the process learn all about weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.

 

 


Approximate Time: 45 mins.

 

Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes

Molecularium

Showtime: Saturday at noon
This show is a magical, musical cartoon adventure into the world of atoms and molecules. It takes you on a journey with an amazing cast of atoms aboard the most fantastic ship in the universe: the Molecularium. Take a ride into a nanoscale universe created from accurate molecular simulations and learn about the three states of matter as you travel into a cloud, watch a snowflake form and count the number of water molecules in a raindrop.

 

 

 


Approximate Time: 45 mins.

 

Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef

Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef

Showtime: Saturday at 1 p.m.
"Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef" transports the viewer to a tropical reef, a one-of-a-kind world: colorful and foreign, full of adventure and danger, riddles and mysteries, old legends and myths... a world inhabited by creatures that are humorous and courageous, lovable and bizarre, charming and dangerous.

Undiscovered by mankind and hidden in the vast oceans of our planet, the reef's colorful inhabitants have always lived in paradisiacal peace until a volcanic catastrophe breaks the spell.

Now it's up to Jake, a young sawfish, and his buddy Shorty, a lively reef fish, to restore the magic of their home and save their beloved reef. 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 Jake and Shorty will have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever.

This is a humorous adventure story for the young and young-at-heart. Entertaining and exciting, the show is filled with many informative details about the fantastic world under water and sharpens our awareness to preserve our environment. It is a true treat for the entire family.

 


Approximate Time: 45 mins.

 

Astronut

Astronut Showtime: Saturday at 2 p.m.
The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut?

"Astronaut," an immersive planetarium show created by the National Space Center, takes you from Earth into space and beyond.

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. 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 'Chad,' our test astronaut, to everything space has to throw at him.



Approximate Time: 45 mins.

 

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion and Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion and Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Showtime: Saturday at 3 p.m.
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

This show is a fun look at the myths surrounding one of the night sky's most famous constellations. Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis, Scorpius and other characters of the Orion story are brought to life in full-color laser light and is a must see for all ages! This animated presentation is followed by a live tour of the night sky that will help you find Orion and his companions.

 

 

 


Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
"Legends of the Night Sky" is a light-hearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellations. It is designed as a four-part series correlating to each season of the year. The shows are designed to teach kids and adults the Greek stories about the stars. Each story is narrated by two wonderful characters, Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse. They provide the night time "classroom" atmosphere with comedy and wit.

Perseus And Andromeda: Based on constellations viewed in fall sky, "Perseus and Andromeda" is a story filled with humorous and exciting characters including Perseus, the mighty warrior; Pegasus, the winged horse; Cetus, the sea monster; and the fearsome monster Medusa. This entertaining tale is designed to engage young students and stimulate their interest in learning about the night sky.


Approximate Time: 45 mins.