Dream to Fly
Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 at 7pm
(Ages 6 – adult)
People have always wanted to fly. From ancient myths of the phoenix and the flying carpet to legends of flying gods and dragons, humans have treasured the dream to fly like the birds. The ancient Chinese achieved flight of a sort with their kites, and Hindus believed in vimanas carrying warriors through the skies. Artist and visionary inventor Leonardo da Vinci sketched out his dreams of flight by mechanical means, and kept the dream alive.
The history of flight is a story of innovation and discovery, through the achievements of the Montgolfier brothers and their balloons to Louis Bleriot, Otto Lilienthal, and the Wright Brothers, who pioneered powered flight. The use of planes in both wartime and peacetime is woven into the history of the 20th century. Today, we use amazing jets to fly around the globe. Our ultimate goal -- the stars -- is now part of humanity's ancient visions of flight.
"Dream To Fly" an emotional, exceptional and unforgettable experience.
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Chasing the Ghost Particle
Thursdays at 7:00pm
(Grades 4 to adult and families)
Chasing the Ghost Particle will take you on an unforgettable journey!
Deep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, the largest 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 clues into the universe 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 gigantic endeavor driven by our human passion to discover and explore. You will witness stunning views of the South Pole, captivating animations of the IceCube detectors capturing a neutrino collision - and eye-catching views of the cosmos.
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DARK + Black Holes
Tuesdays at 7pm during October
(Grade 6 to adult)
DARK is a fulldome movie that explains and 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.
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(Grade 6 to adult and families)
Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of a black hole. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the earth in danger of being pulled into one? Black Holes takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Discover the answers in this Digital-360 production using the latest in animation visualization technology.
Narrated by film actor John de Lancie (Q in Star Trek: the Next Generation).
Produced by Clark Planetarium Productions.
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Sesame Street - One World, One Sky:
Saturdays in October at 2:00pm
(PreK - grade 2 and families)
This show follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set.
One, World, One Sky is a production of Adler Planetarium, Sesame Workshop, Beijing Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center and was produced with major support from the National Science Foundation.
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Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 at 3:30pm
(Grades 6 to adult and families)
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.
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October 24 and 31 at 3:30pm:
(Families, all ages)
The classic Greek story of the King and Queen, their Princess, the Monsters, AND the Hero who saves the day.
A wonderful story filled with humorous and exciting characters, it will engage your desire to learn about astronomy.
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October 24 and 31 at 7:00pm:
"Dark Side of the Moon" features the newest generation of computer-generated fulldome graphics. (This is not a laser light show as audiences may have seen in the past.) Experience Pink Floyd's popular rock album "Dark Side of the Moon" in immersive fulldome digital format with both abstract and concrete imagery. (This show is not intended for young children due to mature language content. )