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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:
Schedule valid May 17 through Aug. 30. Prices vary. Prices vary and do not include museum general admission unless otherwise noted. Buy tickets here here.

EARTH, MOON AND SUN
11 a.m. daily
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)

River of Bears
1 and 2:30 p.m. daily
Observe Alaska's iconic brown bears as they nurture cubs, fish for salmon, and play in their natural environment. This immersive, full-dome planetarium show plants you in the middle of the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, where more than 100 brown bears congregate each summer to bulk up for the harsh winter. Learn how the bears' remarkable intelligence and instincts help them survive in the Alaska wilderness. (25 minutes)

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Experience the Aurora
1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. daily
Marvel as the Northern Lights shimmer and glisten overhead through time-lapse footage captured in the Arctic Circle. This immersive show is the next best thing to being under Alaska's winter night sky. Unearth the science behind auroras, and learn about mankind's quest to find and understand this incredible phenomenon. (45 minutes)

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THE H2O CYCLE
Noon and 4 p.m. daily
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 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. (15 minutes) This planetarium show is included with museum general admission. No ticket required. First come, first served.

LIFE: A COSMIC STORY
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
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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PINK FLOYD THE WALL
4:30 p.m. Saturday
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)

Led Zeppelin
4:30 p.m. Sunday
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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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.

SPONSORED BY
Denali Alaskan
Federal Credit Union