Cosmic Origins

3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

It's a detective story as big as the universe itself. Learn how scientists use the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph installed on the Hubble Space Telescope to decipher clues left in light from distant objects to study the universe. By understanding the science of light, discovering what elements make up stars, galaxies or nebula that are light years away is possible. $6 plus museum admission

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From Earth to the Universe

4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the immensity of the cosmos. Learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, on this tour of the solar system and beyond. $6 plus museum admission

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The Cowboy Astronomer

10:30 a.m. Saturday

Draw close to the campfire and gaze into the starry night sky out on the range. Listen to a Cowboy Astronomer recount ancient folktales describing how constellations came to be. Learn the science of a star’s lifecycle, from formation to supernova. Discover how to locate stars and constellations. $6 plus museum admission

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Exoplanets

11:30 a.m. Saturday

Go planet hunting outside our solar system. Visit gas giants in a deadly dance with their host stars, frozen rogue planets hurling through space, and new planets drifting within the Goldilocks Zone, an area where scientists believe Earth-like worlds may exist. $4-$6 plus museum admission. 

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Cosmic Colors

12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Discover why the sky is blue, why Mars is red, and more in this amazing adventure along the cosmic color spectrum. Tour the interior of a plant leaf, voyage through a human eye and see a roaring fire from the inside. Learn about recent scientific breakthroughs in determining the actual colors of dinosaurs.

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Into the Deep

1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Dive alongside deep-sea research scientists 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. $6 plus museum admission.

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Sunstruck

2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death. $6 plus museum admission

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Space Odyssey: April

7:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 7

Get your monthly dose of astronomy news in this live show designed to highlight current astronomical events and discoveries. This three-part show gets you caught up with the latest space mission updates, shows you what’s up in the night sky during the month, and screens short astronomy films. April's astronomy film is titled "Aurora Storm". $8 plus museum admission. Part of First Friday at the Anchorage Museum.

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Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon

6:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 21

Immerse yourself in Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This new full-dome music and light show expands on the classic album through captivating HD graphics. Not a typical laser show, but the next generation of computer generated imagery. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. $5 plus museum admission, which is half-price as part of Polar Nights, the museum's ongoing Friday after-hours series.

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Pink Floyd
The Wall

7:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 21

Lose yourself in Pink Floyd’s masterpiece The Wall. This 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. $5 plus museum admission. Museum admission is half-price as part of Polar Nights, the museum’s Friday after-hours series.

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Led Zeppelin:
Cosmic Light Show

7:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 31

Be transported by mood-altering art and 3-D graphics choreographed to Led Zeppelin’s biggest hits, including Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song and Ramble On. This immersive experience plays out on the museum's full-dome planetarium screen in concert with a state-of-the-art sound system. Audience advisory: Adult subject matter. $5 plus museum admission, which is half-price as part of Polar Nights, the museum’s ongoing Friday after-hours series.

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