Dome Shows

Experience our new Digistar 5 Digital Planetarium system. This new system is the most advanced planetarium system in the world, with capabilities including full stereoscopic 3D shows, astronomical simulations, real-time 3D graphics rendering and many other features. Dome shows are included with admission and free for Museum members.

The Museum of the Southwest thanks Chevron for helping to make this new Planetarium system possible.

July and August

Tuesday-Saturday
noon | New Horizons
2 pm |The Secret Lives of Stars
4 pm | Dawn of the Space Age

Sunday
3 pm | New Horizons

*Friday and Saturday, enjoy the Digistar 5's awesome capabilities with the 4 p.m. showing in 3D!

Please note-- featured dome shows subject to change.

Astronaut

Astronaut

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Astronaut, the latest immersive planetarium show to be created by the National Space Centre, takes you from Earth into space... and beyond.

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad', our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

Presented in stunning high-definition 360-degree fulldome video and explosive surround sound, ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth. National Space Centre. 23 minutes (approx.)

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Back to the Moon for Good

Back to the MoonThe show opens on the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We see what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbor including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is introduced as the largest incentivized competition to date, designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.

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Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity

Black HolesCurrently in distribution to more than 100 theaters worldwide, Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful fulldome shows ever produced. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen.

Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super- massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The program is accompanied by an extensive Educator's Guide.

Thomas Lucas Productions in collaboration with Denver Museum of Nature & Science, NOVA and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications; supported by grants from NASA's high-energy GLAST telescope project and the National Science Foundation. 24 minutes.

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Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space AgeRe-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space.

Who were these Men and Women that took part in these death defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in "Dawn of the Space Age".

Mirage3D. 41 minutes.

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Flight Adventures

Flight AdventuresDreams of flying, model aircraft and a young girl and her grandfather come together in this multi- media planetarium show about the science of aeronautics. Learn about famous inventors and aviators of the past and the pioneers who first revealed the 4 forces of flight. See images of aircraft past, present and future and imagine where flight might take us. Great for Families with children 8 and up; grades 3 - 5.

Flight Adventures was produced by The Children’s Museum in partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and WFYI Productions with funding through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP).

Based upon work supported by NASA under grant award Number NNX10AK16G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 22 minutes.

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From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the UniverseThe 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.

Directed by the young Greek filmmaker Theofanis N. Matsopoulos, and featuring a sweeping soundtrack from Norwegian composer Johan B. Monell, viewers can revel in the splendour 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 colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further 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. 30 min.



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In My Backyard

In My Backyard

Join Fred Penner from TV's Nickelodeon as he explores things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to reasons for the seasons and the stars at night. In My Backyard is especially designed for the youngest stargazers.

 23 minutes (approx.)

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Kaluoka'hina: the Enchanted Reef

Enchanted ReefThe vastness of our planet's oceans guards unimaginable secrets. One of its most precious is "Kaluoka'hina", the enchanted reef whose magic protects it against humans finding it. Kaluoka'hina's colorful inhabitants have thus always lived in peace...until the volcano erupts, and the spell is broken.

Now it's up to the young sawfish Jake and his paranoid pal Shorty to restore the magic of Kaluoka'hina. Their only lead: the ancient legend that tells of touching the moon. But how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever: the quest to save their beloved reef.

Softmachine GmbH. 32 minutes.

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New Horizons

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From breathtaking landscapes to violent volcanic eruptions to the sheer beauty of Saturn's rings, New Horizons immerses audiences in an unforgettable all-dome-video experience. Explore the planets and moons of the solar system in a majestic journey through our celestial neighborhood. For the first time, audiences will travel down to the surface of all the planets, and experience what life would be like from those brave new worlds. Our journey begins as we follow a comet as it travels through interplanetary space. On each of our exotic ports of call, real data and images from modern space probes is transformed into stunning photo-realistic 3D animation.

Run time: 25 minutes

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