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NOTE: To help support the ongoing wellness of our community, the William M. Staerkel Planetarium has canceled all activities in the planetarium until further notice. 

Phantom of the Universe

PHANTOM OF THE UNIVERSE

From the journey of protons racing through the world’s largest particle collider in Europe to up-close views of the Big Bang and emergent universe, and the nearly mile-deep descent to an underground experiment in South Dakota, this planetarium show is designed to immerse audiences in the search for dark matter. The hunt is on! Narrated by Tilda Swinton. Begins on March 6!

 

 

 

 

 

 

One World, One Sky

ONE WORLD, ONE SKY: BIG BIRD'S ADVENTURE

Explore the night sky with our friends from Sesame StreetTM. Join Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu as they take an imaginary trip to the Moon. See how the Moon is different from the Earth and learn how to find the Big Dipper and North Star from your backyard. This interactive show for young children was co-produced by the Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center. One World, One Sky comes to us through a generous grant from the PNC Foundation and their Grow Up Great program. Evening shows begin on March 7! 

 

 

Pskies

PRAIRIE SKIES

A live‑narrated tour of the wonders of the tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight and how to find them. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Showing Fridays at 7pm. Adults are $6; students, seniors and kids under 12 are $5, all tickets sold at the door. 

 

 

Sunstruck

SUNSTRUCK

The Sun is humanity’s star! But what is it made of and how does it shine? Travel back to the beginning of the solar system and experience the birth of the Sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it also threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. Produced by the Michigan Science Center and NASA. 

 

 

Out There

OUT THERE: THE QUEST FOR EXTRASOLAR WORLDS

For thousands of years, humanity thought that Earth was the center of the universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination, and the urge to explore we now know that planets like ours are nothing are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy. With powerful telescopes, we search the skies for other worlds. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as science fiction authors. Most stars have planets – it turns out there are more common than we thought! A huge diversity of worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered. But the big question remains – is there other life out there? 

 

Mayan Archaeoastronomy

MAYAN ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: OBSERVERS OF THE UNIVERSE

The viewer goes on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history. The story is populated with vivid characters, including the Sun God Kin, who controls the cycle of life, Kukulcán, the feathered serpent who gives the Mayans time itself, and Balam, the jaguar who carries the stars on its skin. The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautifully stylistic painting. This artistic interpretation of the Universe makes for a journey that will not be forgotten. The show was produced by Frutos Digitales in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory and financed by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico, and is available in English and Spanish.