Digital Dome Catalog

The Accidental Astronauts

Audience: Ages 3 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy
Running Time: 35 minutes
Year: 2015
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Accidental Astronauts
Follow the adventures of Cy and Annie and their dog Armstrong as they embark on an unexpected journey into space! Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon system with a wise-cracking starship computer. Bounce along with them on the surface of the Moon. Get up close and personal with a solar storm. And gain a new appreciation of our home planet.

Civil Rights to Star Wars

JERSC Original Production
Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: US History, Civil Rights, MLK, astronautics
Running Time: 40 minutes
Year: 2016
Civil Rights to Star Wars
A journey through time from Rosa Parks’ arrest through the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Relive the Montgomery bus boycott, the F.W. Woolworth Lunch Counter, and other non-violent protests. Join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from his incarceration at the Birmingham Jail, to his memorable speech at the March on Washington. Experience the despair of King’s death. Rejoice in the obstacles which have been overcome: first with Americans’ landing on the Moon, our missions on the Space Shuttle, and concluding with our reach into the science-fiction heavens of Star Wars.

Dark Matter Mystery

Audience: Ages 14 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, dark matter
Running Time: 36 minutes
Dark Matter Mystery
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 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?

D-Day: Normandy 1944

Audience: Ages 8 to Adult
Subjects: US History, World History, War
Running Time: 40 minutes
Year: 2014
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D Day
June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world. Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever. Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world. Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom… A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude.

Dream to Fly

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: aeronautics, astronautics, evolution, physics, space exploration
Running Time: 35 minutes
Year: 2013
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Dream to Fly
Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure and find out how this immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history came true. Dream to Fly is a poetic story about the history of aviation. The aim of the film is to present the development of aviation through the ages in an interesting an innovative way. It presents the milestones on our route to conquering the skies – both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions on flying itself. Rich fulldome visuals, beautiful music composed for the show and a poetic narration makes this show an exceptional artwork. The message to the viewers is to be open to new ideas and to pursue our dreams.

Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope (NASA)

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, astronautics, optics, problem-solving
Running Time: 8 minutes
Fixing Hubble
Servicing Mission 1, STS-61, was the shuttle mission during which astronauts delivered and installed Hubble’s corrective optics, as well as updated other equipment. It launched on the space shuttle Endeavour on December 2, 1993. Considered a very ambitious mission, the timeline consisted of five spacewalks over five days. The crew released Hubble from the shuttle’s cargo hold, and returned to Earth on December 13, 1993. Within a month, it was announced that the fix to Hubble’s optics had been successful.

Flight Adventures

Audience: Ages 8 to 14
Subjects: aeronautics, astronautics, physics
Running Time: 22 minutes
Year: 2013
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Flight Adventures
Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators—like you!

Flight to the Moon: LRO and LCROSS

Audience: Ages 14 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, moon, solar system, space exploration, space probes, water
Running Time: 9 minutes
Year: 2011
Flight to the Moon
In 2009, two unmanned spacecraft, the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) launched together to explore the Moon in new ways. The LRO spacecraft continues to map the moon in unprecedented detail. LCROSS delivered the Centaur impactor into a shaded lunar crater (called “Cabeus”) near the lunar south pole, creating a plume for the spacecraft to fly into and collect data to look for water.

Follow the Drinking Gourd

JERSC Original Production
Audience: Ages 9 to Adult
Subjects: slavery, US history, geography
Running Time: 26 minutes
Year: 2015
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Retrace the steps of slaves, from their imprisonment in Africa, their transport across the Atlantic, their auction and enslavement in the south, to their bid for freedom via the Underground Railroad. Our original fulldome production of The Drinking Gourd takes the dangerous journey from Mobile, Alabama – tracking the stars and symbols etched on tree trunks – up to the Ohio River, across to Paducah, Kentucky; and onto freedom in the north. Meet operatives along the way, including Peg-Leg Joe, the old man waitin’ to carry you to freedom. Look into the night sky, unlock the secret code shared between the slaves, and follow The Drinking Gourd.

Grossology and You

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: biology, life science
Running Time: 27 minutes
Year: 2014
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Grossology and You
A wise respiratory system once said, “Gross is in the eye of the beholder.” After watching this planetarium show, you may start thinking differently about the “gross” side of the human body and what it does to protect us every day. Join Noreen Neuron, host of the “Personal Universe” game show, as she leads us through a competition to decide which body system is the best and brightest. Will it be Scabby (the immune system), Boogie (the respiratory system) or Flatus (the digestive system)? Laugh and learn as these animated characters explore the inner workings of the human body!

Habitat Earth

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: biology, life science, ecology
Running Time: 24 minutes
Year: 2015
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Habitat Earth
Plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. This planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, astrophysics, earth science, solar system, space exploration, space probes
Running Time: 27 minutes
Year: 2009
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IBEX
Designed for visitors with an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, the show follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.

International Space Station (NASA)

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: astronomy, space exploration
Running Time: 12 minutes
ISS
In 1998, assembly began in space on a satellite that would be second in size and radiance only to the Moon… NASA’s International Space Station. Completed in the 21st Century, the International Space Station’s role in the development of your future as well as that of the United States space program is enormous. Many things learned in space are already benefiting life right here on Earth. Ultimately this satellite will be the springboard enabling nations around the world to prepare to take the next giant leap past our Moon and into the Solar System. Today NASA and the International Space Station invite you to join us for the first opportunity in history to participate in the academic challenges and commercial opportunities available as NASA travels beyond Earth to understand and explore the Solar System.

Invaders of Mars!

Audience: Ages 16 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, mars, planets, solar system, space exploration, space probes
Running Time: 25 minutes
Year: 2008
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Invaders of Mars
Explore the Martian surface as seen by Earth’s various spacecraft “invaders” and use the data gathered to explore the red planet. We emerge with a new perspective on the red planet Mars. Narrated by Tom Baker.

Journey to Mars (NASA)

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: astronomy, mars, planets, solar system, space exploration, space probes
Running Time: 10 minutes
Journey to Mars
NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future. Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth? Engineers and scientists around the country are working hard to develop the technologies astronauts will use to one day live and work on Mars, and safely return home from the next giant leap for humanity. NASA also is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, working with international partners and the U.S. commercial space industry on a coordinated expansion of human presence into the solar system, with human missions to the surface of Mars as the driving goal.

Lamps of Atlantis

Audience: Ages 11 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, constellations, mythology, history
Running Time: 27 or 40 minutes
Year: 2011
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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. Narrated by Terry O’Quinn.

Let it Snow

Audience: Ages Toddler to Adult
Subjects: Traditional Winter Holiday Music
Running Time: 30 minutes
Year: 2012
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Let it Snow
A 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, special effects, and all-dome scenery.

Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West

Audience: Ages 11 to Adult
Subjects: history, america
Running Time: 42 minutes
Year: 2002
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Lewis and Clark
“Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” explores the dawn of our new nation – a time before the American West became known as the frontier and a time when little was known about what lay within. Two captains, courageous in spirit and unyielding in their dedication to their mission, led 31 people, including one woman and her infant son, to the Pacific Ocean and back. Audiences will experience the danger and beauty of the unknown American West as it unfolded before the eyes of Lewis and Clark.

Life of Trees

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: trees, biology, life
Running Time: 33 minutes
Year: 2012
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Life of Trees
This show is an entertaining and educational fulldome experience that tells the fascinating world of trees. The Life of Trees shows the importance of plants for life on earth, how trees grow, how they transport water against gravity to the top of the crown, and enabled diverse life on earth by producing oxygen. The story is presented by two quirky animated characters: a ladybug called Dolores and a firefly called Mike.

Lincoln 150

JERSC Original Production
Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: US History, conspiracy, Abraham Lincoln, astrology
Running Time: 25 minutes
Year: 2015
Lincoln 150
This show is an entertaining and educational fulldome experience that tells the fascinating world of trees. The Life of Trees shows the importance of plants for life on earth, how trees grow, how they transport water against gravity to the top of the crown, and enabled diverse life on earth by producing oxygen. The story is presented by two quirky animated characters: a ladybug called Dolores and a firefly called Mike.

The Little Star that Could

Audience: Ages 3 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, stars, solar system
Running Time: 35 minutes
Year: 2008
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Little Star that Could
The Little Star That Could is a story about an average yellow star on a search for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along his way, he encounters other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars can combine to form clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and each is introduced to audiences along with basic information about the Solar System.

Losing the Dark

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: light pollution
Running Time: 7 minutes
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. Planetarians are uniquely positioned to teach audiences ways we can all work together to implement responsible use of lighting.

New Horizons for a Little Planet

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: astronomy, Pluto
Running Time: 6 minutes
Year: 2014
New Horizons
This show is a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moons in July of 2015. The purpose of the program is to introduce planetarium visitors to the mission prior to its arrival at Pluto. After it encounters Pluto, New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt and the mission will likely be extended. A smaller, more primitive Kuiper Belt Object will then be targeted for a rendezvous in 2018 or 2019. These encounters promise us unprecedented close up views of these distant worlds and the information gathered by New Horizons will provide valuable insight into the formation of our solar system and its planets.

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Audience: Ages Toddler to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, atmosphere, constellations, moon
Running Time: 27 minutes
Year: 2012
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Big Bird
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and their friend, Hu Hu Zhu, lives far away in China. They discover that they still see the same stars at night! They even travel to the moon!

Perfect Little Planet

Audience: Ages 5 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, solar system, planets
Running Time: 35 minutes
Year: 2012
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Perfect Little Planet
Discover our solar system through a different 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 over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Experience lightning storms on Jupiter, and walk on the surface of Mars. A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Season of Light

Audience: All ages
Subjects: history, religions, astronomy, winter
Running Time: 35 minutes
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Season of Light
This show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.

Solar Quest

Audience: All Audiences
Subjects: astronomy
Running Time: 12 minutes
Solar Quest
The Sun, our star, is the source of light and heat for life on Earth. Today, we understand the importance of the Sun more than ever. We’ve learned that we are living within the extended atmosphere of the Sun. We know that, while the Sun supports life on Earth, it threatens life as well. It produces space weather: streams of high energy particles and radiation that can harm human life and interfere with our modern technology. But under the protective shields of Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field, life on Earth has evolved and thrived. The Sun was born when gas and dust floating in space were pulled together by gravity. Over time, the pressure and temperature increased. When they were great enough, a process called fusion began in the Sun’s core. During fusion, lighter atoms, such as hydrogen, combine to make heavier atoms such as helium. This process creates and releases large amounts of energy.

Star Signs

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: astronomy, astrology, artistry, geometry
Running Time: 25 minutes
Learn the origins of the astrological signs and the constellations with a look back in time at the night skies of ancient times – and a look forward with space exploration.

Stars of the Pharaohs

Audience: Ages 10 to Adult
Subjects: astronomers, astronomy, constellations, Egyptian history, solar system
Running Time: 35 minutes
Year: 2004
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Stars of the Pharaohs
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world, recreated in all of their original splendor. Narrated by John Rhys-Davies.

Take Your Place in Space

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: astronomy, astronautics, space exploration
Running Time: 11 minutes
Year: 2014
Take Your Place in Space
NASA is entering an extraordinary new era, looking forward to writing the next chapter of human space flight with its commercial and International partners: advancing research and technology on the International Space Station, opening low Earth orbit to US industry, and pushing the frontiers of deep space even farther.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Audience: Ages 9 to adult
Subjects: invention, discovery, optics, solar system
Running Time: 35 minutes
Year: 2008
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Two Small Pieces of Glass
Go back in time to see how telescopes were invented, and how the largest observatories in the world now use these instruments to explore the mysteries of the universe. Explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn’s rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. Learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.

Wonders of the Arctic

Audience: All Ages
Subjects: geography, climate, polar bears, polar climate
Running Time: 40 minutes
Year: 2014
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Wonders of the Arctic
Wonders of the Arctic centers on our ongoing mission to explore and come to terms with the Arctic, and the compelling stories of our many forays into this captivating place will be interwoven to create a unifying message about the state of the Arctic today.  Underlying all these tales is the crucial role that ice plays in the northern environment and the changes that are quickly overtaking the people and animals who have adapted to this land of ice and snow.