Below is a complete list of the fulldome 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)
- Mysteries of the Unseen World (all-ages)
- Space School (all-ages)
- Habitat Earth (all-ages)
- Dynamic Earth (3rd grade and up)
- Flying Monsters (3rd grade and up)
- Sea Monsters (3rd grade and up)
- Life: A Cosmic Story (3rd grade and up)
- The Secret Lives of Stars ( 3rd grade and up)
- Solar Superstorms (3rd grade and up)
- Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun (3rd grade and up)
- Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (Middle School and up)
- Lamps of Atlantis (Middle School and up)
- Tickets for public shows can be reserved online OR purchased at the door starting 20 minutes before show time.
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 (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 fulldome 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 fulldome 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.
Mysteries of the Unseen World (All-ages)
Be transported to places on this planet that you have never been before, to see things that are beyond your normal vision, yet literally right in front of your eyes. This show will reveal phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye, because they are invisible, too small, too slow or too fast to see. High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that now allow us to see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never even knew existed and now give us new “super powers” to see beyond what is in front of us.
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 (3rd 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.
FLYING MONSTERS (3rd grade and up)
Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. Some with wingspans as long as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight.
Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these creatures were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar… until their sudden disappearance from Earth. A film produced by Anthony Geffen.
Stunning photo-realistic CGA transports audiences back to the Late Cretaceous, when a great inland sea divided North America in two. The film follows a curious and adventurous dolichorhynchops – familiarly known as a ‘dolly’ – as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history. Along the way, she encounters long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, enormous fish, fierce sharks, and the most dangerous sea monsters of all, the mosasaur.
This film weaves together a series of paleontological digs from around the globe in a compelling story about scientists working as detectives to answer questions about this ancient and mysterious ocean world. Viewers accompany modern and historical fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time, unearthing discoveries which shed light on exactly what happened to the film’s incredible cast of characters. A film produced by Lisa Truitt and Jini Durr.
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 (3rd 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.
Solar Superstorms (3rd grade and up)
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.
Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.
Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next … Solar Superstorm.
A co-production of Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, and Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado (Boulder).
This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Film Office, and with funding by the National Science Foundation.
Solar Superstorms explores related content including:
- The Earth-Sun relationship
- Importance of magnetic fields in space
- The nature of polar auroras
- Space weather and the threat to communications and power networks
- Monitoring solar behavior
UNDISCOVERED WORLDS: THE SEARCH BEYOND OUR SUN (3rd 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.