From Earth to the Universe
This stunning, full-dome voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendor of the worlds in the Solar System and our scorching Sun.
From Earth to the Universe takes the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
Throughout Earth’s violent history, impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped its surface. The ancient barrage continues today; from harmless meteors – those brilliant streaks in the night sky, to mountain sized boulders wandering perilously close to Earth.
Terrifying and majestic, these invaders from space are capable of utter destruction yet they have delivered life-giving water and most of the organic materials necessary for life. Life on Earth owes its very existence to these denizens of the solar system, yet it could all be wiped out in an instant.
This ceaseless Firefall is our only tangible connection to the universe beyond and is an ever-present reminder of our own humble beginnings in the hostile environment of space.
Back to the Moon For Good
In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Unlike the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, the moon is enjoying the attention of a new generation of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the Moon for good.
Narrated by renowned stand-up comic, television and film star, Tim Allen, this educational 25-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE full-dome planetarium show Back To The Moon For Good chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years.
To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, travel it 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – by the citizens of the world.
Earth, Moon, and Sun
In this show you will learn about the relationship between the Earth, Moon, and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. This show uses Native American stories throughout to help distinguish between myths and science. Run time: 25 minutes plus interpretive presentation
Teacher Guide with vocabulary
The Little Star that Could
Learn about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. You’ll learn that the sun is a star, what stars are made of, why stars are different colors, and how some stars are just the right size and temperature to support life. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced with basic information about our Solar System. Run time: 35 minutes plus interpretive presentation
Teacher guide Grades k-2
Teacher guide Grades 3-6
Laser Legends of the Night Sky
Join Aesop the owl and Socrates the mouse for a light-hearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellations. This show features the mighty warrior, Perseus; the beautiful princess Andromeda; and Cetus, the terrible sea monster in laser lights.
Join us at this live show as we explore the night sky above us with its celestial bodies. Our planetarium interpreter will show you the current positions of planets, sun, stars, constellations, and galaxies as seen from Land Between The Lakes. You’ll learn about the wonders of our night sky that you can share with others. Presentation time: 4O minutes
The Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Sponsored by Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Murray State University
Take a National Geographic spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth! Run time: 30 minutes plus interpretive presentation
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
This program follow the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer. Audiences will get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft to get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries. They will also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble, and many others.
Two Small Pieces of Glass
This full dome presentation traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass, by using 2 small pieces of glass, to the launch of the NASA’s Hubble Space telescope and the future of astronomy. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
Laser Light Shows
Let us entertain you with laser lights pulsating and flashing to the beat of country, pop, and rock music to include songs from Pink Floyd and the Beatles. Listen to our surround-sound stereo system as the laser lights project on our 40-foot Planetarium dome. According to many of our regular attendees, lying on the stage is the absolute best experience!
Daily Planetarium Show Schedule-November 27-December 31
The planetarium offers shows daily from November 27 through December 31 with added Holiday Shows for the whole family. Planetarium will close at 3pm on December 24 and December 31. Planetarium is closed December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016.
Season of Light features stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, Santa Claus, and the Star of Bethlehem told through the magic of immersive imagery on a full-dome projection system. The show recounts a collection of historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during winter solstice as well as more light-hearted traditions. Audiences will learn about Northern hemisphere winter constellations, reasons we have seasons, and possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem.”
Laser Holidays is an animated Christmas laser light display like no other you’ve ever seen projected for the first time ever from our new multi-color laser machine!Get into the holiday spirit with the music of the season and colorful dazzling laser effects! Featuring classic holiday favorites like Burl Ives’ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” modern hits like Randy Travis’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” and unique reimagining’s of timeless songs like Enya’s beautiful “Oiche Chiun (Silent Night),” this delightful program is fun for the whole family.
Let it Snow is an amazing holiday music spectacle. It’s the hap-, happiest time of the year again! Come join us for an incredible holiday experience as we transform our full-dome planetarium into a virtual snow-globe just for you. It features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives, Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is enhanced with colorful thematic animation and full-dome scenery. Let it Snow features a variety of high resolution scenery and artistic animation. The 30-minute program is a fun and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, especially families.