• Planetarium Programs


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  • Programs for Schools and Groups

    All shows are approximately 45 minutes long (unless noted otherwise).

    We have two types of shows. Both utilize our digital projector. Live shows are presented in person by a trained lecturer and can be adapted to fit your needs. Fulldome movies are educational movies that have been developed for planetariums. Most of the fulldome movies are followed by a 10 to 15 minutes live presentation.

    New Shows!

    From Earth to UniverseFrom Earth to the Universe
    October 3 - November 22 | Sundays at 2 pm
    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. Viewers can revel in the splendor of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still farther out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad 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 continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.
    Director Theofanis N. Matsopoulos described the film as “a colourful and inspiring journey… the visuals are stunning and really speak for themselves in showing just how far humanity’s ambition has taken us in terms of observing and understanding the Universe”.

    Cosmic Origins SpectrographCosmic Origins Spectrograph
    Explore the unseen universe! See the cosmos through the Hubble Space Telescope's exquisite ultraviolet instrument, from hot young stars to distant quasars. Cosmic Origins Spectrograph is a fulldome look at the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph instrument installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4, as well as the science behind its utility. The show covers the basics of spectroscopy at a high level, and touches on the processing of galactic and extragalactic gas. Other topics include the use of quasars as background light sources, cosmic evolution, and the development of large scale structure.

    A new, full dome planetarium experience from the Michigan Science Center. Discover the wonders of our sun. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.
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    The Sky Above Mr Rogers NeighborhoodThe Sky Above Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Oct 3 - Nov 21 | Saturdays at 11 am
    All ages
    Join the residents of the popular children's PBS television show as they explore the wonders of The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Watch the sun set from Daniel's clock. Go stargazing from the roof of King Friday's castle. And find out if Lady Elaine Fairchild can catch the Moon for her museum in this computer-animated version of the popular children's television show.
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    Back To the Moon for GoodBack To the Moon For Good
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Upper Elementary and up
    In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The educational 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome 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, navigate 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 – but by the citizens of the world.

    The Moon

    The Moon
    April 9 - May 21 | Saturdays at 11 am
    Perfect for your budding young astronomer, The Moon takes you on a journey of discovery with our planet's closest neighbor.
    Rediscover the Moon with this fun and educational planetarium program. Learn about the Moon's motion throughout a day and how it is different than its motion throughout a month. Observe how the appearance of the Moon changes over time as well.


    Live Shows

    Moorhead Second Grade Program (Live Show) Elementary
    A special show developed for the Moorhead 2nd grade curriculum that covers directions, methods of finding directions outside and a look at some seasonal constellations.

    Monthly Skywatch (Live Show) Upper Elementary and up
    Learn how to use a simple star map. Maps are provided, so participants can take them home to use on their own. Similar to the "Stars of the Season" show in other respects.

    Reason for the Seasons Upper Elementary and up
    What causes the seasons? How are the seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres different? Students will observe and tabulate data about the Sun that will help them discover why the seasons occur.

    Stars of the Seasons (General Show) All Ages
    This show looks at the current night sky. The principal constellations, bright stars, and planets are identified. It introduces the motion of the stars and the planets as they are viewed from the earth.

    The Moon: The Light That Rules the Night (Live Show) Lower Elementary and up
    This program examines our closest neighbor-the Moon. How does it appear in our skies? Why does it change in phases? In what ways does it affect our lives? What did the Apollo astronauts learn about the Moon?

    The Sun's Family All Ages
    Learn about the planets and how they move. Lower elementary groups will learn the names of the planets in order and learn some basic facts about them. Older groups will have a more detailed look at the planets and will receive an explanation of their apparent motion.


    Fulldome Movies

    Cosmic Colors - SmallCosmic Colors: An Adventure along the Spectrum
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Upper Elementary and up
    Explore the wonderful world of color. Why is the sky blue and Mars red? What color was a dinosaur? Take an amazing journey through the world around us and the universe under a rainbow of cosmic light. After the show we will take a look at the spring sky using our amazing digital projector.

    Flight AdventuresFlight Adventures
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Lower Elementary and up
    Originally produced by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Flight Adventures lets young viewers discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather, as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly. Learn about the history and future of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators-like you!

    Galileo The Power of the TelescopeGalileo: The Power of the Telescope
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Upper Elementary and up
    Four hundred years ago, Galileo fitted two small pieces of glass into a tube and pointed it to the sky. The wonders that he observed changed our view of the heavens forever. Our new fulldome projector will be used to tell Galileo's personal story and relate the amazing discoveries made by the modern descendants of Galileo's "Optik Tube."

    IBEX Search for the Edge of the Solar SystemIBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Upper Elementary and up
    The interstellar boundary is the last frontier of the solar system. Join two inquisitive teenagers as they voyage with NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer spacecraft to get an in-depth look at the mission and some of the challenges of space science.

    Larry Cat In SpaceLarry Cat In Space
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Family show suitable for all ages
    This is a 30 minute show that is a playful and imaginative presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the Moon. Through Larry's eyes, we meet his human family-a group of enthusiastic sky-watchers. One of his family members, Diana, goes to work on the Moon as a lunar geologist. Larry misses Diana, so he figures out a way to get to the Moon and live with her. He smuggles himself on board the space station Freedom. From there, he is taken aboard the Lunar Shuttle, eventually ending up on the Moon, and surprising Diana! Meeting the rest of the Moon base inhabitants and learns about life in the Moon's environment.

    One World, One Sky - SmallOne World One Sky
    (Fulldome Movie)
    All Ages
    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, draw constellations and count the time it takes the sun to set. The show aims to nurture a child's natural sense of wonder about the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections, and bridging kids across nations through a common bond in learning about the sky together. This show was a big hit with our public show audiences.
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    Season of LightSeason of Light
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Lower Elementary and up
    Get in the holiday spirit! "Season of Light" traces the history of many of the world's December holiday customs, recounting the historical, religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions. 

    Sky Zoo
    (Fulldome Movie)
    All Ages
    The night sky is filled with an exotic bestiary of animals, some real and some imaginary. This show, designed for children and the young at heart, explores the animal constellations of the night sky and the fantastic stories that have been told about them. This MSUM production is done in partnership with the Red River Zoo, and includes video of Earthly animals at the Red River Zoo which match some celestial animals at the Sky Zoo. Another big hit with the public show audiences.

    The Little Star that CouldThe Little Star that Could
    (Fulldome Movie)
    All Ages
    This is a story for children of all ages about an average yellow star in search of planets of his own, to protect and warm. Along the way, he learns what makes each star and planet special. This has been a very popular program for younger audiences.

    Two Small Pieces of GlassTwo Small Pieces of Glass
    (Fulldome Movie)
    Upper Elementary and up
    Four hundred years ago, Galileo fitted two small pieces of glass into a tube and pointed it to the sky. The wonders that he observed, changed our view of the heavens forever. Come and join two young astronomers at a star party as they learn how telescopes work, the history of telescopes, and some of the major discoveries made by these instruments.