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THOMAS PLANETARIUM

Embark on a breathtaking journey to the stars in the new Thomas Planetarium. Through 3-D graphics, surround sound and a dome screen, the planetarium offers a fascinating way to learn about astronomy, the solar system and more.

The planetarium is home to a wide variety of interactive astronomy demonstrations, educational programs and films. Check back regularly for new program announcements.

NOW SHOWING:
This schedule is valid March 1 through April 27. Prices vary and do not include museum general admission unless otherwise noted. Buy tickets here here.

EARTH, MOON AND SUN
11 a.m. Saturdays
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he’s confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this character in a show that discusses American Indian star lore, lunar phases, eclipses and space exploration. (26 minutes)

DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGAEA
11:45 a.m. Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays
This animated adventure explains one of the greatest geological events in Earth’s history: the separation of the supercontinent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time, they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn about the mysterious process that created our present-day continents. (40 minutes)

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INTO THE DEEP
1:15 p.m. Saturdays
Dive alongside deep-sea research pioneers to learn about marine biology, underwater geology and the history of deep-sea exploration. Traveling in famous historic submersibles, come face-to-face with fascinating underwater creatures such as vampire squid and pelican eels. Discover how diving vessels make these underwater encounters possible for humans. (32 minutes)

THE H2O CYCLE
2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and 3:35 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Do you know how old water is? More than half the Earth’s surface is covered in water, and much of it has been around as long as the Earth has existed. That means the water you drink could be the same water dinosaurs walked in! But don’t get grossed out. Learn about nature’s method of recycling water — how the Earth uses water, filters it and re-uses it over and over again. This show is included with museum general admission. (15 minutes)

LIFE: A COSMIC STORY
3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
How did life on Earth begin? Find out on this journey through time. Witness key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life. See the first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce and entire worlds take shape. On a young 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. (25 minutes)

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LED ZEPPLIN COSMIC LIGHT SHOW
4:30 p.m. Saturdays
Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to some of Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Immigrant Song” and “Ramble On.” This immersive rock ‘n’ roll experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen and features a state-of-the-art sound system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. (55 minutes)

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SUPERVOLCANOES
1:15 p.m. Sundays
Travel back in time and experience the massive volcanic eruptions that shaped the Earth and solar system. Journey to Yellowstone National Park, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Jupiter’s moon, Io, to witness historic eruptions. Could a supervolcano erupt in our era? Scientists weigh in. (24 minutes)

PINK FLOYD THE WALL
4:30 p.m. Sundays
Lose yourself in Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece The Wall. This new full-dome music and light show interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. (66 minutes)

ADMISSION
Tickets available online here and at the museum front desk. Prices do not include museum general admission: You must purchase a museum general admission ticket in addition to your planetarium ticket unless you are a museum member. Seating is limited, so it's recommended that visitors purchase tickets in advance. Planetarium doors close promptly on the hour, so please arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Planetarium show tickets vary from $4 to $10. Museum members receive a $2 discount on planetarium show tickets.

CAPACITY
The planetarium has 46 seats and is accessible to people with disabilities.

SCHOOL VISITS
Astronomy workshops and other planetarium activities are available to school groups September through May. READ MORE

SYSTEM DETAILS
The Thomas Planetarium features a state-of-the-art Digistar 3 SP2 HD projection system manufactured by Evans & Sutherland Corporation. Our Digistar 3 system generates immersive images on the interior surface of a 180-degree dome that's 24 feet in diameter.