The Search for Life launches visitors on an awe-inspiring trip through space and time—from the depths of Earth’s oceans to the outer reaches of the cosmos —- to explore the links between life on Earth and the potential for life on other planets. Narrated by Academy Award–nominated actor Harrison Ford, this thought-provoking Space Show will reveal countless worlds that may harbor life.
Journey to the Stars, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, features extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space and stunning, visualizations of physics-based simulations. This dazzling space show launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the night sky in the same way again.
Journey to the Stars is an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts from the American Museum of Natural History with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and more than 40 leading scientists from the United States and abroad. The Space Show takes viewers 13 billion years into the past, when the first stars were born, so audiences can witness the brilliant supernova explosions that sent new kinds of atoms coursing through the universe, some of which eventually ended up in our own bodies and the air we breathe. A striking tour of the heavens introduces audiences to the life cycle of stars, from the birth of our Sun in a stellar cluster swaddled in its natal gas and dust clouds to a system with a brown dwarf circling a red star to white dwarfs that have reached the end of their stellar lives.
The award-winning space show Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led to greater knowledge of the universe and our place in it.
Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, highlights of Dark Universe include the Milky Way galaxy spangled with exploding supernovas, novel renderings of phenomena like dark matter, and spectacular scenes of spacecraft such as the Galileo probe’s breathtaking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere.
“A trip that makes Hollywood’s most vaunted special effects…look like a cartoon”
– The New York Times
“Will blow your mind”
– The Washington Post
“An exhilarating perspective of the universe as we know it, and, as we don’t know it”
– The International Science Times
Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.
Cosmic Collisions, narrated by award-winning actor, director, and producer Robert Redford, features stunning images from space and breathtaking visualizations. Cosmic Collisions reveals the explosive encounters that shaped our solar system, changed the course of life on Earth, and continue to transform our galaxy and universe.
Cosmic Collisions launches visitors on an awe-inspiring trip through space and time—well beyond the calm face of the night sky—to explore the hypersonic impacts that drive the continuing evolution of the universe. Cosmic Collisions focuses on the full range of collisions, from catastrophic planetary impacts and the merging of massive galaxies to the continual explosions occurring in the center of the Sun and the incessant barrage of small ionized particles in the solar wind ricocheting off Earth’s magnetic field creating other-worldly conditions called “space weather.”
Our Earth is so beautiful. The small blue planet we call our home, in the midst of the cold and dark of the universe. From high up in space we see the fairytale glow of the polar lights, the immensity of hurricanes, but also man’s impact on the environment.
Fulldome show Mission Earth takes you on a journey high up into space. You get the best views of our home planet from an altitude of 40,000 kilometres. It’s the ideal vantage point for discerning the diversity and beauty of our Earth. The dancing of the polar lights has a mesmerizing effect, while the trajectory of a hurricane across the Atlantic Ocean is breathtaking. It’s also a perspective that allows humankind’s impact on the environment to be spotted.
The fragile interaction of the forces of nature is out of balance: the ice caps in the polar regions and glaciers in the Alps are retreating, sea levels are rising, and greenhouse gases in the protective atmosphere are increasing year on year. It’s high time we took care of our wonderful planet.
Mission Earth begins now!
A tale about two little mice Pip and Chip who wondered if anybody bites the big Moon Cheese shining in the sky? The bats didn’t know the answer, neither did the Wise Owl.
Luckily, Pip and Chip met two astronomy-savvy robots who explained what the Moon is indeed. They told about the Moon Mares without any water or Moon fish, showed the Moon craters trough the telescope. Pip and Chip were so impressed they wished they could fly to the Moon one day!
This fairy-tale is for curious kids. It helps to answer some questions about the Moon and explains important scientific facts in a friendly way.
Mice and the Moon is a fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres.
A beautiful animated look at the motions of the Earth in space that lead to the cycles of the day and night and the parade of the seasons throughout the year as well as the turning of the stars in the sky at night.
Subjects that can be challenging and complex, yet important to understand, are made colorful and clear.
A fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres.
What is our place in the cosmos? In the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic space show Passport to the Universe, this question is answered as visitors travel through the observable universe to explore our “cosmic address.” In an unforgettable experience, cutting-edge science creates images of unprecedented realism and accuracy as viewers begin to understand the true enormity of the cosmos. A captivating explanation of fundamental cosmology, Passport to the Universe is an “evergreen” presentation—always relevant, always educationally important, always illuminating.
Narrated by Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o, Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic worlds that orbit our Sun.
Based on authentic scientific data from groundbreaking space missions, Worlds Beyond Earth takes viewers on an exhilarating adventure through our cosmic neighborhood. Immersive visualizations showcase the solar system with unprecedented accuracy, including a landing on the cratered surface of our own Moon, a dramatic flight through the swirling rings of Saturn, and soaring encounters with distant worlds of active volcanoes and buried oceans.
Featuring breathtaking visuals and cutting-edge science, Worlds Beyond Earth is a dazzling celebration of the Age of Exploration and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible.
Worlds Beyond Earth was created by the American Museum of Natural History, the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, and the Hayden Planetarium.
Travel with brother-and-sister duo Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House® as they proceed to answer questions left for them in a mysterious note signed “–M.”
They first wish themselves to an observatory where they meet an astronomer who helps them answer the first few questions on the note. With the help of the astronomer, the Internet, an astronaut, books, and the note’s author, Jack and Annie are then taken on a wondrous journey of adventure and learning.
Let this exciting voyage carry you to the planets and far out into the universe where the duo nearly … well, you’ll have to find out yourself. The adventure is just beginning!
Once upon a time there was a space probe called Rosetta, which was shot into the night sky. She was embarking on a long, long journey with the aim of unveiling the secrets of our solar system. On board was her constant companion, the lander Philae. The destination of their journey was comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
Join Rosetta and her lander Philae on a wonderful journey to the comet Chury. They travelled for more than ten years and experienced lots of exciting things along the way. Little Philae eventually managed to land on the comet and explore it more
closely. Come along on the adventure and find out what secrets Philae and Rosetta were able to unveil.
On the long journey from Earth into space, you’ll hear from Rosetta and Philae what it takes technically and scientifically to explore a comet up close. You’ll also find out what fascinating insights have been gained from comets, these “dirty snowballs” that travel through space. The dome adaption of ESA’s great cartoon about the Rosetta Mission will entertain and educate children and adults alike.
This live-action fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation. Learn how to read the stars and interpret the winds and waves to navigate without modern instruments. The film tells the story of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the recovery of the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrument navigation in Hawaii.
The film stands on its own as a 25-minute show but can be extended to an hour by integrating live, instructor-led elements to immerse the audience in an interactive learning experience. The first two live segments build to the third: a virtual trip from Hawaii to Tahiti and back with the audience determining when they have returned to Hawaii.
The Little Star That Could has been reproduced by Audio Visual Imagineering and Brevard Community College for the digital full dome era with computer graphic animation. This popular and well-loved story owned and created by The Saint Louis Science Center over 20 years ago has been updated with accurate astronomical information. Have no fear; the story basically remains the same with all of your favorite stars! For those of you who are not familiar with the show, The Little Star That Could is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to your audiences with basic information about our Solar System. Talented artists responsible for the new show include Mark Howard and Joe Tucciarone of the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium in Cocoa, FL. Directed by Willie Castro of Willie Castro Animation, Inc. The new musical score was produced by John Avarese of JAV Productions.
Enrich discussion, live teaching, and interaction in the planetarium experiences you provide your audiences! The Moon modular planetarium program incorporates live interactive planetarium teaching with a planetarium program that has been designed in a modular nature. This program has been produced to be used with modern fulldome technology for classic planetariums with a single flat screen projector/DVD set-up. It targets grades K through 2 and focuses on observations of the moon. The program comes with live interaction lessons that could be used in between the pre-recorded modules of the program or as stand-alone lessons. Further, additional related hands-on activities can be demonstrated and discussed to round out a complete learning experience on lunar observation by early elementary students.
AVI’s newest interactive modular planetarium program covering the national science standards for weather – grades K-2.
Module One: Using the Senses to Observe Weather and Identifying Cloud Types – Module one will help connect children to the weather around them by encouraging them to use their senses to observe weather. It will also introduce children to the basic cloud types and how they are associated with specific weather conditions. The idea of weather forecasting will be presented in this module as well.
Module Two: Describing and Measuring the Weather – This module will introduce children to the basic weather terms that are used to describe weather conditions. It will also help children identify the appropriate instruments that are used for studying and measuring weather.
Module Three: Identifying the Basic Features of the Water Cycle – The final module will present the major steps of the water cycle. To help with this concept, children will follow a drop of water through the entire water cycle.
Celeste is fighting off sleep by reading a book on astronomy when, through her bedroom window, she receives a visit from MOON and his mischievous helpers.
Moon calls his helpers to order and then turns to Celeste to ask her if she likes to look at the sky. Celeste brags that she knows all the planets. The specks of light laugh and Moon clarifies to her that she knows all the planets that orbit one star, the Sun, but that there are many, many more stars in the universe.
“And those stars also have planets?,” asks Celeste. Exoplanets, corrects Moon, that is what we call the planets that orbit other stars. Would you like to explore them?
With the aid of his helpers, Moon leads Celeste on a journey through the universe to discover what an exoplanet is and how it can be detected. Together they observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds, and super-Earths. Moon tells her about exoplanet hunters, astrophysicists who, from different points on the planet, observe the sky in search of a planet like Earth.
A new Earth! Celeste is excited. Out there, says Moon, there may be a star like our Sun, and orbiting around it, at the same distance as the Earth, a planet that has oceans, jungles, and – who knows? – civilizations.
Celeste is ready to go look for it right away, but Moon reminds her that she needs to get some rest first. Before she falls asleep, Celeste asks Moon if he will come back to visit her again.
“Do you like whales?,” Moon asks the girl. “I love them!,” responds Celeste, and she drops off to sleep. Then we will see other again soon, promises Moon, before leaving with his helpers.
The scope of the universe as understood by humankind has expanded with the development of astronomy.
Starting from the mythological universe of ancient times, let us explore the Ptolemy’s geocentric theory, the heliocentric theory, the revolution brought by the invention of the telescope, spectrum analysis, and the latest technologies in today’s astronomical observatories.
A fulldome show for planetariums and digital dome theatres.