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.
The following schedule is valid Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted. Prices vary from $4 to $10 and do not include museum general admission. Buy tickets here.
DINOSAUR PASSAGE TO PANGAEA
10:30 a.m. Saturday
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 present-day continents. (40 minutes)
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EARTH, MOON AND SUN
11:30 a.m. Saturday
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)
LIFE: A COSMIC STORY
1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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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INTO THE DEEP
2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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)
3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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)
6:30 p.m. First Friday
4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Join a science educator on a narrated tour through the night sky. Shows vary based on night sky occurrences. (45 minutes)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
The Wall 7:30 p.m. First Friday
Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece comes to life in this full-dome music and light show that interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser light show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. (66 minutes)
LED ZEPPLIN COSMIC LIGHT SHOW
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1
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.
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DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6
Pink Floyd’s rock ‘n’ roll masterpiece comes to life in this full-dome music and light show that interprets this classic album through mesmerizing HD graphics. This is not a laser light show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. (45 minutes)