Public Planetarium Shows - Wednesday Nights at 7:00
Love space? Enjoy gazing at the stars at night? Ever wondered what it would be like to fall into a black hole? Find out at our planetarium shows. As always, they are are family friendly and open to anyone. You do not need to be an ODU student to attended. Recommended for ages 4 and up. You never quite know how infants and toddlers will react to a dark planetarium. Some love it. Some do not.
Please note that we have moved! We are now the Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. View our Location section for more information about our new location. Shows will continue on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm until about mid-December.
Shows are Wednesday nights at 7:00.
Tickets are $3 per each. Cash, credit, or debit accepted at the door.
No early reservations for tickets. Seating is first-come first-serve with tickets purchased at the door.
Doors will open at approximately 6:30pm.
6/01 - "Extrasolar Planets"
6/08 - "Firefall"
6/15 - "Birth of Planet Earth"
6/22 - Kid's Night - Sesame Street
6/29 - "Black Holes: Journey into the Unknown"
7/06 - "Supervolcanoes"
7/13 - Coming Soon
7/20 - Coming Soon
7/27 - Coming Soon
8/03 - "Birth of Planet Earth"
8/10 - Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda
8/17 - "Capcom, Go!"
8/24 - Closed for Annual Maintenance
8/31 - Closed for Annual Maintenance
Full Dome Movie Descriptions
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
Extrasolar Planets: Discovering New Worlds
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.
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.
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.
This is a laser based movie. Please consider this if you have a history of seizures.
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.
This is a laser based movie. Please consider this if you have a history of seizures.
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.
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.
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
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope
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.