Mueller Planetarium enters a new era with Fulldome Digital Shows. Experience immersive high-tech adventures in a true 360 degree projected computer generated virtual environment in our 80-seat domed theater.
Groups who want to learn about the current sky may choose to begin their educational presentation with a live "Startalk". Scroll down for shows.
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In 1995, astronomers detected 51 Pegasi, the first exoplanet – a planet orbiting a star other than our sun. Since that time the search for a planet like Earth has been a little like Goldilock’s search. Explorer the ongoing search for exoplanets in the habitable zone - where they might even support life. Experience humankind’s search for a planet with conditions which could be “just right”.
Attack of the Space Pirates
Ages 10+ | Grades 5-8 | 36 min
Hidden somewhere in the vast reaches of space is an alien technology so powerful it threatens the very galaxy itself. A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, only one valiant ship stands between the pirates and their total domination of space. It's a race against time for the Starship Intrepid as it seeks to find the alien technology first while defending itself against the attack of the space pirates! Embark on a thrilling adventure that has something for everyone: alien planets, exploding stars, black holes, evil villains and a series of space battles that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Back to the Moon for Good
Ages 11+ | Grades 7-12 | 25 min
Immerse yourself in a race to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. Learn about the history of lunar exploration and the Moon’s resources. Discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Narrated by Tim Allen, "Back to the Moon for Good" presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
Ages 13+ | Grades 9-12 | 20 min
"Dark" 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. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.
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 our 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!
Dinosaurs at Dusk
Ages 10+ | Grades 6-12 | 44 min
Travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic "last day" of the dinosaurs. Dive into topics such as continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species!
Dream to Fly
Ages 8+ | Grades 5-12 | 32 min
Discover the mystery of flight with Leonardo da Vinci, Montgolfier brothers, Wright brothers and other inventors. Experience the adventure and find out how this immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has strived since the beginning of history came true. Rich fulldome visuals, beautiful music and a poetic narration make this show an exceptional artwork. The message to viewers is to be open to new ideas and to pursue our dreams.
Earth, Moon & Sun
Ages 7-12 | Grades 1-6 | 25 min | NE Science Standards 2.4.1, 5.4.1
Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myth and science.
Ages 9+ | Grades 6-12 | 32 min
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. 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.
Forces of Nature
Ages 10+ | Grades 6-12 | 40 min
Get up close and personal to nature's most powerful and extreme forces. Cameras capture erupting volcanoes, devastating earthquakes, and powerful storms as a team of scientists travel the world in an attempt to figure out what causes these dangerous, yet undeniably thrilling, natural occurrences. Putting their lives on the line in the name of scientific discovery, these experts forge their way through volcanic flows, along treacherous fault lines, and in cars heading straight into a raging tornado. Narrated by Kevin Bacon.
Into the Deep Ages 8+ | Grades 5-12 | 30 min
Dive with the pioneers of deep-sea research on their journeys of discovery, on the most famous submersibles in history, to come face-to-face with the fascinating creatures that survive where no life was ever expected - "Into the Deep."
Kaluoka'hina - The Enchanted Reef Ages 6-10 | Grades K-4 | 31 min
The 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.
Join Charles Darwin on his voyage with the HMS Beagle to the Galapagos Islands where he was inspired to develop his theory of transmutation by natural selection. From the comfort of Down House in Kent, Darwin himself will explain the mechanism of natural selection and support it by showing many beautiful examples in nature. The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science, and the beauty of nature are central to this show.
One World, One Sky - Big Bird's Adventure
Ages 4-7 | Grades preK-2 | 25 min
Follow 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. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu pick a friendship star to remind them that no matter how far apart they might be, they can always look into the night sky and cherish their shared memories. This show is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street.
Origins of Life
Ages 11+ | Grades 7-12 | 23 min | NE Science Standards 8.4.4, 12.3.4, 12.4.4
"Origins of Life" tackles some of the most profound questions of life science: the origins of life and the human search for life beyond Earth. Starting with the Big Bang, in chronological order, the show deals with the prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars, formation of solar systems, and the first life on Earth. "Origins" covers great extinctions as well as our search for (primitive) life beyond planet Earth. This show is an inspirational journey through time and a celebration of life on Earth. It features many recent discoveries related to life science, demonstrating that if there was ever a time that science made its greatest advances, it's right now!
Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast
Ages 6-10 | Grades K-5 | 35 min
After decades of teaching the basics of rocket physics, Rusty Rocket has decided this will be his last blast, and he already has plans for how he will spend his free time. Still there is one final mission to command: an introductory tour of the solar system for a new class of rocket rookies focusing on the wide variety of planetary environments. Along the way, we learn Rusty is related to every famous spacecraft to explore the solar system. He also emphasizes the immense distances between the planets using cars and jets for comparison.
Ages 10+ | Grades 6-12 | 36 min
Visit the Late Cretaceous period, when a great inland sea divided North America in two. Follow a curious and adventurous dolichorhynchops – familiarly known as a 'dolly' – as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history. Along the way, she encounters long-necked plesiosaurs, giant turtles, enormous fish, fierce sharks, and the most dangerous sea monster of all, the mosasaur. Accompany modern and historical fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most aweinspiring creatures of all time, unearthing discoveries which shed light on exactly what happened to the film's incredible cast of characters. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.
The Little Star That Could
Ages 5-9 | Grades K-4 | 34 min | NE Science Standards 2.4.1
This is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets…
The Fulldome Experience is the biggest advance in the Planetarium's capabilities since the theater opened almost 50 years ago. Audiences can fall through a black hole, witness the beginnings of the universe, fly through Saturn's rings, swim with whales and much more! Viewers feel like they are part of the unfolding scene, whether it's on the bottom of the ocean or in some distant part of the universe.