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Reserve the Planetarium



The planetarium is a great option for school and summer camp groups. Shows can be presented on a variety of science topics and aimed at a wide range of age groups. These shows generally consist of a video presentation on the topic and a question and answer session with the presenter. Shows may also include a live, full-dome presentation on the motions of the night sky, constellations, planets, galaxies, etc...

Prices for some reservations are given below. If you don't see your type of reservation on the list, or if you have any questions, please feel free to email us.


Price List

Wednesday Night Planetarium Show - $3 per ticket

Bad Movie Night - $3 per ticket

Laser Shows - $7 per ticket, $5 for ODU ID

Educational & Non-Profit

Welcome pre-K-12 Schools, home schools, scout programs, and more! Our planetarium shows, and the outreach activities we offer, are special and so are we. Why? Because we are passionate about outreach & education, and we bring an enthusiasm for science and learning that is unmatched in the community!

Our planetarium shows are led by a staff member and incoroprate current topics in astronomy, an overview of the night sky for that time of year, and can cover some of Virginia's science SOLs for your grade. The whole show lasts approximately 60-75 minutes and can include a full-dome movie of your choice. See the list below for all movies available. Each movie is approximately 25 minutes.

  • $2 per attendee per hour (teachers are free)
  • Minimum price of $75
  • Full-dome movies available
  • Typical shows lasts about 1 hour
  • Tuesday and Thursday mornings available during the week. Potential for weeknights and weekends.

Private Event

Looking for a place for a book club meeting? Or a retirement party? The planetarium offers a unique space for your event.

  • $250 per hour
  • Includes use of the planetarium dome for star gazing or movies
  • Full A/V capabilities
  • Lighting
  • Laser light shows available
  • No food or drink allowed in the planetarium. Potential use of our lobby for food and drink.

Telescopes

  • $150 per hour.
  • Includes an astronomer to control the telescope and talk about the night sky.
  • Solar filtered telescopes available for observing the Sun.
  • No fees for set up/break down times. Pay only for time spent observing.
  • Travel cost of $0.50 per mile for distances over 25 miles from ODU's campus.
  • We are the mercy of the weather. If we must cancel because the weather does not cooperate (clouds or rain), you will not be charged for the reservation.



Full Dome Movies Available

Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth

Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet's origins.

Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system's violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

Produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum. This project has been made possible with support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Ages 8+

Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown

Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown

Imagine a place where time stands still; where the universal order breaks down; where the unimaginable becomes reality. Welcome to the world of Black Holes.

Narrated by Academy Award winning actor Geoffrey Rush and presenting the latest scientific information, this new planetarium show brings to life all that is fascinating and extreme in the world of black holes. Witness what would happen if you got too close to one? What makes a black hole? How do we find them? Would you survive falling into one?

Discover what science has taught us about these most bizarre creations. Follow their story from an extraordinary idea of the late 18th century through to their unexpected detection almost 200 years later.

Narrated by: Geoffrey Rush

Ages 13+

Capcom, Go! The Apollo Story

Capcom, Go! The Apollo Story

An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future.

Ages 8+

DARK

DARK

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.

We journey through completely immersive visualisations of Dark Matter evolution calculated upon some of the world's fastest supercomputers - cosmological visions on a truly vast scale, in which galaxies themselves are but points of light, distributed across far larger intergalactic structures of Dark Matter.

Ages 13+

Earth, Moon, and Sun

Earth, Moon, and Sun

Explore the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science.

Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You'll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon ... and beyond!

Ages 5+

Escher's Universe

Escher's Universe

For the first time, see M.C. Escher's use of mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography and geometry to artistically explain very complex concepts addressed by Cosmology.

This show will take us to the artist's studio where his most iconic works are displayed. From this intimate and emotional place, we will visit Escher's particular universe and we will be surprised by his unique ability to join Science and Art. We will also explore how Escher's visit to the Alhambra in Spain changed the way he understood universe and had a great impact in his work.

Shapes, three-dimensional reconstructions, dual worlds, unreal buildings or impossible continuities reveal in this show his continuous search of knowledge.

Ages 8+

Extrasolar Planets

Extrasolar Planets

We live on a small planet that revolves around a medium sized yellow star. It is just one among many stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy. And yet, our star is special. It has planets. Are there planets that orbit other stars? If so, are any of them habitable worlds like Earth? If life developed on our planet, could it arise elsewhere? How can we find those other planets?

These are the questions that drive teams of astronomers around the world, on their search for extrasolar planets. This exciting new show describes how astronomers search for planets orbiting other stars.

Ages 10+

Firefall

Firefall

Throughout history, the impacts from comets and asteroids have mercilessly shaped Earth's surface. This film describes objects from meteors - brilliant streaks in the night sky - to mountain-sized boulders hurtling through space.

Ages 10+

Meteorite and tektite fragments available for purchase at $6 each. If you wish to buy in bulk, please email us for availability and discounts.

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

Legends of the Night Sky: Orion

This laser show takes a lighthearted and imaginative look at the myths and stories associated with the constellation Orion, the great hunter of the winter sky. The show brings the mythological Orion to life in a fun-filled, animated adventure.

Ages 5+

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda

Perseus and Andromeda is 18 minutes of full-dome, laser fun, while also teaching children and adults the Greek story about the stars.

Ages 5+

Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity

Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity

Nanocam explores the kingdoms of bacteria, protists and their stunning mechanism of motility, the amazing structure of fungi, the specializations of plants and the incredible complexity of the animal kingdom, seen through an electron microscope -- a breathtaking trip into the five kingdoms of living things. This unique program, based on a scientific approach and featuring images that have never been seen before, offers another dimension of reality, a reality that is measured in micrometers. Nanocam is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in.

Ages 10+

Sesame Street: One World, One Sky

One World, One Sky

Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together they learn how the sky, even in different parts of the world, are still one and the same. They also take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.

Ages 3+

Supervolcanoes

Supervolcanoes

Supervolcanoes is 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. Audiences will fly down to Neptune's frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter's moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch

Ages 10+

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn 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. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Ages 10+