Movie Library

Here are brief descriptions of the movies Zacheis Planetarium has available for school groups, scouts, home-schoolers, etc., as well as public shows. All movies are intended for general audiences. The grade levels given below are only suggested guidelines. Teachers of any grade level may request any movie in the library. (All movies are full dome except for “Max Goes to the Moon”.)

Previews and even full movies for many of these can be viewed at the Full Dome Database. I am in the process of adding links to previews on this page.  Please be patient!

TEACHERS: Educator’s guides are available for many of these films, some marked by an asterisk (*) below. The guides provide activities related to the film that you can do in your classroom before and/or after coming to the planetarium. Some also provide information on National Science Education Standards.  I am in the process of making them available right on this page.  In the meantime, you can ask for an educator’s guide when you make your reservation, and if one is available, it will be emailed to you in pdf format. OR, to get them much more quickly, download them directly from Spitz’s website:

All movies are available in English. Those with (+Spanish) after the title are also available in Spanish.

Astronaut 2012
(3rd grade and up, 23 minutes)
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Takes you from Earth into space… and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

Back to the Moon: For Good!
(6th grade and up, 24 minutes)
Back to the Moon for Good – full movie on YouTube
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The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is introduced as the largest incentivized competition to date, designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge.

* Bad Astronomy
(4th grade and up, 46 minutes)
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Were the Apollo missions a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Prepare to debunk pseudoscience head-on with Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions. Based on the popular book and website, Bad Astronomy offers a unique approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the Bad Astronomer Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions.

Bella Gaia
(4th grade and up, 28 minutes)
Bella Gaia trailer on YouTube
Bella Gaia

Bella Gaia is an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, director-composer Kenji Williams’ award winning Bella Gaia successfully simulates the Overview Effect from space flight, by using NASA supercomputer data-visualizations to explore the relationship between humans and nature through time and space. Bella Gaia is a “breathtaking audio-visual exploration that will transform your view of life on earth” (AZ Weekly) with a “sound and visual environment that mesmerizes audiences” – (Hollywood Progressive)

* Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (+Spanish)
(4th grade and up, 24 minutes)
Black Holes trailer on YouTube
Black Holes

Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.

The Body Code
(6th grade and up, 24 minutes)
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Fly through the carotid artery; explore the eye, brain, ear, and heart. Then, shrink into a cell to see its nucleus and DNA within. Discover how DNA programs the body’s cells to form the circulatory and nervous systems. Then watch from inside as we use lasers to fight disease at the cellular level.

Chasing the Ghost Particle
(8th grade and up, 30 minutes)
Chasing the Ghost Particle trailer on YouTube
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Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. The detector is IceCube! The messengers are neutrinos – ghostly particles that give us tantalizing looks into the world of exploding stars and black holes.
This show tells the incredible story of how an international team of scientists and engineers transformed one billion tons of Antarctic ice into a telescope. Building IceCube was a titanic endeavor driven by our human passion for discovery.
Witness stunning views of the South Pole, captivating animations of the IceCube detectors capturing a neutrino collision, and eye-catching views of the cosmos.

Cleopatra’s Universe
(7th grade and up, 27 minutes)
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Explore the truths and mysteries of Egypt’s legendary queen Cleopatra. Experience the life and times of Cleopatra in dramatic fashion as you travel back in time to see stunning recreations of the Alexandria Library, Cleopatra’s Palace, and the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Discover the powerful Greek and Roman influences on the world of Cleopatra. You will also see Eratosthenes figure out the size of the Earth.

(5th grade and up, 20 minutes)

Explores the nature of dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the universe. The search for dark matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

The Dark Matter Mystery
(5th grade and up, 39 minutes)
The Dark Matter Mystery trailer on the ESO website
The Dark Matter Mystery

What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. This planetarium show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?

Dawn of the Space Age
(4th grade and up, 41 minutes)
Dawn of the Space Age trailer on YouTube
Dawn Of The Space Age

Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space.

Who were these men and women that took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in Dawn of the Space Age.

Distant Worlds – Alien Life?
(5th grade and up, 52 minutes)
Distant Worlds – Alien Life? trailer on ESO’s website
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The night sky is effectively a view of infinity; could alien life exist out there somewhere? This film investigates the conditions required for life, beginning with planets and moons in our Solar System and venturing out to some of the newly-discovered exoplanets orbiting other stars. Potentially habitable exoplanets are being discovered regularly – worlds that are not only very far away, but also strange and unfamiliar. What could life on these worlds look like? What are the chances of encountering intelligent life in the future and how might we detect it?

Dream To Fly
(4th grade and up, 35 minutes)
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Dream To Fly

Since the beginning of history, people have dreamed of flying. Tales of mythical dragon flights thrilled ancient dreamers. Storytellers wove airy fantasies of magic carpet rides. Leonardo da Vinci stoked the dreams of flight with his fantastic drawings and through his eyes, we learned to look to nature for the secrets of flight. When Montgolfier took to the skies in a balloon, the dream finally became reality. The Wright Brothers swept us up to the sky and started a revolution. It wasn’t long before our immense and challenging dreams of soaring through the air became an everyday occurence. Dream To Fly is a poetic and touching story of aviation development through the ages. It presents the significant milestones on our route to conquering the skies — both in terms of technological breakthroughs, as well as our perceptions of flying itself.

* Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine (+Spanish)
(4th grade and up, 24 minutes)
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With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced super-computer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. It explores concepts and terms essential to understanding the climate: the relationship of Earth and Sun, life and the carbon cycle, plate tectonics and its role in the carbon cycle, comparison with Venus, and perspective on climate change.

Earth, Moon, and Sun
(1st – 5th grades, 28 minutes)
Earth, Moon, and Sun trailer on YouTube
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Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. In his quest for answers, this amusing character adapted from American Indian oral traditions will help audiences discover the truth behind many common astronomical misconceptions.
This delightful, fast-paced and humorous fulldome production tackles many of the most baffling concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system, including eclipses, lunar phases, the seasonal changing of constellations and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon. Earth, Moon and Sun, an engaging, immersive show, also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
A perfect show for school audiences! Audiences age 5-11.

Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet
(4th grade and up, 23 minutes)
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Travel through space and time in a fulldome production that makes you look at Earth in a whole new way. A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet’s interior.Journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. Visit the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn how scientists and engineers collaborate to help society prepare for a safer environment — and a safer future.

Escher’s Universe (+Spanish)
(4th grade and up, 26 minutes)
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Based on the life and work of M. C. Escher, this show will take us to the artist’s studio where his most iconic works are displayed. From this intimate and emotional place, we’ll visit Escher’s particular universe and we will be surprised by his ability to join Science and Art. He uses mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography and geometry in his creations to artistically explain very complex concepts addressed by Cosmology.

Experience the Aurora
(4th grade and up, 24 minutes)
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Experience the Aurora

For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wrap-around display in the full-dome theater.

Exploding Universe
(4th grade and up, 33 minutes)
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Exploding Universe

The universe we see today is the product of explosive events. They have even shaped our very existence. When giant stars explode as “supernovae” they seed the galaxies with heavy elements that make planets and life possible. Some collisions we are only just now starting to understand. For example, when Black Holes collide, they can throw off some of the most energetic particles known, ripping and warping space as they go. But other outbursts have profound effects as well, such as the beauty and power of supervolcanoes which have contributed to the transformation of our world into the life bearing oasis we now enjoy. The smallest of explosions, such as the forced impact of high energy particles, can echo the foundational events of the early universe. As the universe has transformed into the structure we live in now, even the most elementary particles have endured. This show follows the path of one of these “particles,” a proton, as it participates in nature’s astounding events of rebirth and renewal.

Extreme Planets
(4th grade and up, 33 minutes)
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Extreme Planets

Two decades ago there were no known planets orbiting sunlike stars outside our own solar system. Since 1995, however, fast-paced developments in detection techniques have revealed hundreds of extrasolar planets–with the pace of discovery increasing all the time. Though it will be years before we have direct images of the surfaces of these worlds, this show gives us an idea of what they might look like – up close and personal! In this original production we’ll explore the idea of what “Earth-like” even means, and take an immersive journey to several worlds that may stretch the imagination, but aren’t science fiction anymore.

The First Stargazers
(7th grade and up, 23 minutes)
The First Stargazers

Journey back in time to explore how the first stargazers experienced the sky above. Your guide is Nashira, a friendly time traveler who has visited Earth many times before.

Witness the very first stargazer making a Moon calendar out of animal bone 30,000 years ago. Discover the ancient pyramids of Giza and their alignment to the skies.

See stunning digital re-creations of the Parthenon, Alexandria Library, Stonehenge and Abu Simbel Temple and be inspired by the first stargazers who laid down the foundations of modern-day astronomy.

Fractal Explorations
(5th grade and up, 35 minutes)
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Fractal Explorations is an original production of Dr. Robert Astalos and Zacheis Planetarium. Produced using only free software available to everyone on the internet, it describes what fractals are, how they are made, where they can be found in nature, and what they have to do with infinity. Filled with original fractal images and sequences, it is a feast for the eyes as well as a workout for the brain. You can see a preview on YouTube. (You can also watch the entire movie on YouTube.)

From Dream To Discovery
(7th grade and up, 30 minutes)
From Dream To Discovery trailer on YouTube
From Dream To Discovery

This fascinating 30-minute show about space engineering begins with an exploration of the Hubble Space Telescope, with its many intricate parts that must work together to help this observatory achieve great things.

From there, we explore the James Webb Space Telescope, currently under construction and testing at NASA.

Finally, the show explores the New Horizons mission to Pluto, revealing the engineering challenges the mission has faced in its 10-year headlong rush to a distant and fascinating world.

How do engineers plan for the extreme environments a spacecraft must endure? Where do they test their work?

To answer those questions, From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA takes us to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Integration and Testing facility, where space missions get tested. It shows how, from design to creation to launch, engineering is an exciting and fundamental process in space exploration. Finally, we witness a launch, the next step for a mission as it leaps up through Earth’s gravity well.

From Earth to the Universe
(7th grade and up, 30 minutes)
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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 vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe.

The Hot and Energetic Universe
(7th grade and up, 30 minutes)
The Hot and Energetic Universe trailer on the ESO website
The Hot and Energetic Universe

The Hot and Energetic Universe presents, with the use of immersive visualisations and real images, the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation, and the natural phenomena related to High Energy Astrophysics.

High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent universe. High Energy Astrophysics probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the universe. It also probes hot gas accreting around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. Finally, high energy radiation provides important information about our own galaxy, neutron stars, supernova remnants, and stars like our Sun which emit copious amounts of high energy radiation.

Hubble Vision 2
(4th grade and up, 30 minutes)
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Hubble Vision 2

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided incredible images in unprecedented detail to astronomers, and made an astonishing array of discoveries — from nearby objects in the solar system to the most distant galaxies at limits of the observable universe. Hubble Vision 2 is a fascinating tour of the cosmos — from Earth orbit. We catch glimpses of solar system objects, including the Moon and Venus; clouds on dusty Mars; Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9’s crash into Jupiter; storms on Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune; and the faraway worlds of Pluto and Quaoar. Beyond the solar system, we explore protoplanetary disks in the Orion Nebula, and regions of starbirth across the cosmos. We witness the deaths of stars like our Sun; the cataclysmic aftermath of supernovae in the Crab Nebula; and the expanding rings around Supernova 1987a. We see breathtaking views of colliding galaxies; jets shooting from active galactic nuclei, powered by supermassive black holes; the eerie effects of gravitational lenses; and deep-field views of the most distant galaxies ever seen.

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
(4th grade and up, 27 minutes)
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Investigates the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Designed for visitors who want to learn more about science research, the show follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX).

Ice Worlds
(4th grade and up, 25 minutes)
Ice Worlds

The delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life has been a topic of scientific inquiry for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we’ll examine the ecosystems that exist and thrive there and learn how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our Solar System. Winner of five Telly Awards. Narrated by Academy Award nominated actress, Emily Watson.

Into the Deep
(5th grade and up, 31 minutes)
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Into The Deep

Dive with the pioneers of deep-sea research on their journeys of discovery, on the most famous submersibles in history, to come face-to-face with the fascinating creatures that survive where no life was ever expected – at the bottom of the oceans! The educational focus of this show is to present the exploration of the deep sea, including its geology, marine biology, and overall marine environment.

Lamps of Atlantis
(4th grade and up, 41 minutes)
Lamps of Atlantis trailer on YouTube
Lamps Of Atlantis

Our search for the lost continent of Atlantis takes us on a journey through the astronomical knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greeks. How did the constellations get their names? What different patterns did ancient cultures see in the sky? Was Atlantis a real place? Did it really sink into the sea? We will uncover clues to help us solve this age-old mystery.

Life: A Cosmic Story
(4th grade and up, 26 minutes)
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How did life on Earth begin? Start your journey by shrinking down to enter a single redwood leaf, and discover that all life on Earth shares a common ancestry. Then travel through time to witness key events since the Big Bang—from the first stars to the formation of the Solar System—that set the stage for life. Along the way, you will see two scenarios for the dawn of life on early Earth, and discover how our planet has changed since those microscopic beginnings.

Lucy’s Cradle: The Birth of Wonder
(6th grade and up, 23 minutes)
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Based on the genetic diversity in human DNA around the globe, all modern humans can be traced to an ancestral source population in East Africa. The East African Rift Valley is a unique environment for the discovery of ancient hominid remains.

Here, moving faults have exposed sediments of ancient lakes and rivers and the precious fossils they conceal. Lucy lived here 3.2 million years ago at a time of changing climate with more seasonal variation and of savannahs replacing rainforests. The embodiment of early hominids, Lucy was about the height and weight of a modern ten-year-old girl and was fully bipedal. By standing upright, she could look over the grassland, cover longer distances, spot predators, and regulate her body temperature more efficiently.

Following Lucy came hominids with more human behaviors: stone tool making, scavenging, meat eating, hunting and mastering fire. The larger brains needed for these tasks resulted in an extended childhood, which required more complex social groups and the development of language.

Lucy’s Cradle: The Birth of Wonder chronicles these developments along the East African Rift Valley and then follows the spread of humans around the globe. From the obelisks of Axum to mountaintop observatories, humans have searched for a relationship with the heavens. Modern astronomers are continuing a magnificent journey of human vision that began over 3 million years ago when a young female hominid peered over the grassland of East Africa and saw the distant horizon beyond her fingertips.

The Moon
(PreK – 1st grades, 20 minutes)

The Moon introduces children to the observable features on the Moon’s surface, the apparent daily motion of the Moon through the sky, and the pattern of change in the Moon’s appearance (Moon phases).

Moons: Worlds of Mystery
(4th grade and up, 35 minutes)
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Moons: Worlds of Mystery

Moons: Worlds of Mystery starts with our own Moon, and explores its birth in a violent collision between infant Earth and a Mars-sized object some 4.5 billion years ago. The Moon has contributed not only to Earth’s stability, but possibly even to the conditions making our planet habitable for early life.

The show turns next to the incredible diversity of moons around Jupiter, including the four discovered by Galileo Galilei and recently explored by sophisticated modern spacecraft. They run the gamut from Io’s volcanic inferno to Europa’s icy subsurface oceans.

We then look at the moons around Saturn to learn what they have to do with the planet’s ring structure. Perhaps most intriguing is the exploration of moons that could support extraterrestrial life. When we explore Titan’s liquid oceans of ethane and methane, and we see that we may have to reevaluate just what conditions are suitable for life.

Finally, our exploration brings us to the outer solar system, with the discovery of moons orbiting asteroids and Kuiper Belt objects like Pluto. They show the incredible diversity of worlds, both large and small, that orbit the Sun. With these revelations, we will piece together the long history of our Sun, planets, and moons.

* Natural Selection (+Spanish)
(4th grade and up, 40 minutes)
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Celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. Join Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Darwin himself explains the mechanism of natural selection, and supports it by showing many beautiful examples in nature.

* Oasis in Space (+Spanish)
(1st grade and up, 24 minutes)
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A startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy, and solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient for life on Earth.

Origins of Life
(4th grade and up, 23 minutes)
Origins of Life

Origins of Life deals with some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. Origins of Life then covers the great extinctions, as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. Origins of Life is an inspirational journey through time — and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it’s right now!

* Perfect Little Planet
(K through 4th grades, 38 minutes)
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Perfect Little Planet

Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Robot Explorers (+Spanish)
(4th grade and up, 25 minutes)
Robot Explorers smNear the end of the twentieth century, we began launching unmanned probes into the far reaches of the solar system. What they discovered was amazing and in some cases unexpected. Now after dozens of probes have been deployed, the exploration continues. New space missions are underway, and many of these robust spacecraft are still operational, beaming their knowledge back to Earth every day. We will pay tribute to these robots that have explored in our place and experience what they have taught us about our solar system.
Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens
(4th grade and up, 37 minutes)
Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

Once a planet of great mystery, now we know more than ever before about its amazing system of rings, moons, and storms thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. In this modern 36-minute production, audiences can experience an immersive exploration of one of the most amazing and dynamic planetary collections of our solar system. From its bizarre moons with mysterious features, to the millions of icy particles that compose the enigmatic rings, this is the three-dimensional tour of the Saturnian system that goes beyond the CG experience – it’s like flying piggyback on the Cassini spacecraft!

Seasonal Star Gazing
(4th grade and up, 7 or 14 minutes)
Seasonal Star Gazing

Find out more about “what’s up tonight” in just a few minutes than some people do in a lifetime! Hop through constellations, learn cool star names, and groove to planetarium space music in this fulldome audiovisual experience. Each Seasonal Stargazing show highlights the most prominent and easy-to-find stars and constellations of the season. Audience members see and hear star names and constellations, and learn to star-hop for popular deep-sky objects. There is a separate show for each season (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall), and two versions of each: short (7 minutes) or long (14 minutes).

Seven Wonders
(4th grade and up, 30 minutes)
Seven Wonders

Turn back the pages of time and witness the ancient wonders of the world as they have not been seen for thousands of years. Travel to Egypt to visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Great Pyramids, to Persia to see the original Mausoleum, to Babylon to explore the fabled Hanging Gardens, to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe?s greatest wonders. Narrated by Sean Bean, Boromir from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Solar Superstorms
(5th grade and up, 24 minutes)
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Solar Superstorms is a major new production that takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois.
Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next … Solar Superstorm.

Space School
(4th grade and up, 25 minutes)
Space School trailer on YouTube
Space School

From a habitat hidden deep underwater in Florida, to the world’s most amazing swimming pool, dive into the underwater world of outer space!

Space School is the incredible story of how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. From microgravity simulation at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab, to living under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base, astronauts spend a lot of time training underwater.

Space School is a fascinating and beautifully filmed live-action fulldome film.

Stars of the Pharaohs
(4th grade and up, 35 minutes)
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Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You’ll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. And thanks to the time Digital Theater’s production team spent on location in Egypt taking photographs and measurements, you’ll see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendor.

* Supervolcanoes
(4th grade and up, 24 minutes)
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An immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system.

* Tales of the Maya Skies (+Spanish)
(4th grade and up, 33 minutes)
Tales of the Maya Skies trailer on YouTube
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Immerses the audience in Mayan astronomy, art and culture through a custom score and visuals. Inspires and educates through its description of the Maya’s accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the universe.

To Space and Back
(4th grade and up, 25 minutes)
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The international award-winning To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.

Space, our greatest adventure, is shaping our daily lives. It’s shrinking the world into a gadget that fits into the palm of your hand — but it doesn’t stop there. This is the amazing story of how space exploration is now part of our everyday life. What’s happening above is coming back down to Earth!

The show explores the way each of us has been changed by the discoveries made by the international space program. From the devices we use every day to the tools that are breaking new ground in medicine and engineering, we can thank space exploration for making our modern lives possible.

Discover how space exploration is shaping your world… discover To Space & Back.

Two Small Pieces of Glass
(4th grade and up, 25 minutes)
Two Small Pieces of Glass trailer on YouTube

Traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass – using two small pieces of glass – to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.

Ultimate Universe
(4th grade and up, 32 minutes)
Ultimate Universe trailer on YouTube
Ultimate Universe

From the edge of space and time, through vast fields of wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our solar system, this show will take audiences on a grand tour of the universe and let them experience its most provocative secrets. A joint effort between Evans & Sutherland and the Clark Planetarium, Ultimate Universe is a three dimensional journey from the edge of the universe through space and time to reach our home planet, witnessing the major components of the cosmos along the way.

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun
(4th grade and up, 30 minutes)
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Explores a timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspectives on humanity’s place in the cosmos.

The Weather
(PreK – 1st grades, 20 minutes)

The Weather will help connect children to the weather around them by encouraging them to use their senses to observe weather. It will introduce children to many topics related to weather, including the basic cloud types and how they are associated with specific weather conditions, the idea of weather forecasting, basic weather terms, instruments used to measure and study the weather, and the water cycle.

* Zula Patrol: Down to Earth (+Spanish)
(PreK – 4th grades, 24 minutes)
Zula Patrol: Down to Earth trailer on YouTube
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While on a routine fossil-hunting expedition, the Zula Patrol turns up evidence that the villainous Deliria Delight has been traveling back in time to Earth’s prehistoric past to illegally dump her company’s toxic trash. In the process of finding her, the Zula Patrollers learn all about the formation and development of Earth and the life forms who call it home. Aligns with National Science Education Standards.

Max Goes to the Moon
(PreK – 3rd grades, 34 minutes)

Produced by Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado in Boulder, “Max Goes to the Moon” is not a full-dome movie, but it is another one that appeals to younger audiences. It is an adaptation of the fictional, but science-based, children’s book of the same title by author and astronomer Dr. Jeffrey Bennett. Here is a trailer on YouTube for “Max Goes to the Moon”


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    • We currently have eight movies in Spanish. They are indicated on the list by “+Spanish” next to the title. Contact our Outreach Coordinator, Simona Guillen (, or 719-587-7586), to schedule your visit, and indicate that you would like your group to see a movie in Spanish.

  1. I am a homeschool mom with 2 kindergartners and a first grader. We just finished a unit on the moon and I would love to have a little field trip to the planetarium! It seems as though most of the shows that you have scheduled are geared toward older kids. Do you have any showings planned for any of your moon shows? I am part of a homeschool group, do you do private showings for school/homeschool groups? What would that look like? Thank you so much in advance!

    • We certainly can arrange for a visit from your homeschool group. Please contact Simona Guillen, our Outreach Coordinator, with an email to She can arrange your visit to the planetarium, as well as a trip to the Ryan Geological Museum, if you would like. In the planetarium she can show you any of our movies that you like. We have several that are specifically for the younger kids, including one on the Moon.

  2. I see most shows are 4th grade and above. I was thinking about taking my two kindergarteners to the 12/10 Saturn show. Would this be allowed or would we have to schedule a separate show?

    • We welcome smaller children to the planetarium, as long as they can sit still throughout the movie. Every kid is different – some can sit quietly through a 30 minute movie, some can’t. So feel free to bring them, but, out of courtesy to our other patrons, be prepared to take them out if they get antsy.

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