Planetarium Shows at The Discovery Museum

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Entertaining and educational shows for all ages! Join us at The Discovery Museum and experience a delightful show beneath our extraordinary projection dome. You don’t want to miss it!

Sunstruck - Ages 8 and up
Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away.
Little Star that Could
One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure - Ages 6 and under - 25 minutes

Young audience members will be thrilled when they find themselves on Sesame Street with their famous friends, Big Bird and Elmo.  The fun begins when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China and the three of them take the audience on an exciting journey of discovery to learn about the Sun, stars, and Big Dipper.  Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu blast off on an imaginary trip to the Moon and when they return home to Earth everyone discovers that, no matter where we live, we all share the same sky.

Dawn of the Space Age
Back to the Moon for Good - Ages 8 and up - 24 minutes

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings.  See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration.  Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold.  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.

The Moon
The Skies Tonight - All Ages – 20 Minutes

Join our expert planetarium staff as they take you on a fantastic journey through the night time sky as you discover just how much of the universe you can see right from the comfort of your own back yard. The planets, stars and galaxies await you and all you need to do is "look up" at the skies tonight.

Available by Appointment for Groups and Special Events

Dawn of the Space Age
Dawn of the Space Age - Ages 8 and up - 40 minutes

Just as the space race began, Dawn of the Space Age starts with the launch of Sputnik and includes important Russian space history as well as the American Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs. The show transports viewers to the International Space Station, the X - prize winning space ship and on to future Mars exploration. Be immersed in and overwhelmed by this most accurate historic reconstruction of man's first steps into space. Who were these men and women who took part in these dangerous and heroic endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in this epic realistically animated production.

Little Star that Could
The Little Star That Could - Ages 7 and under - 35 minutes

Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to warm and protect. Along the way he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. Little Star also learns about planets and our solar system.

Hubble Vision 2
HUBBLE Vision 2 - Ages 8 and Up - 30 Minutes

Experience a fascinating tour of the cosmos—from Earth orbit. In the all-new full dome production, major themes in current astronomy and cosmology are presented: new views of the planets; peeks into star birth nurseries; visions of star death in its many forms; exploration of star clusters and galaxies; and views of the universe when the earliest galaxies were first coming into being.

Two Small Pieces of Glass
Two Small Pieces of Glass - Ages 8 and up - 40 minutes
Join two teenage students at a local star party as they discover how the telescope has helped us understand our place in the cosmos. Learn how telescopes work and how the world's largest observatories use them to explore the mysteries of the universe. Explore the Galilean moons of Jupiter, Saturn's rings and the spiral structure of galaxies and learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and other observational explorers.
Milky Way
Following the Milky Way - Ages 8 and up - 40 minutes
An exciting adventure that investigates the changes in the heavens as our home planet earth orbits the sun and the seasons change. The show also explores the planets, meteors, comets, and the northern lights.

Please note: Planetarium seating is first come, first served. Planetarium shows will be announced approximately 10 minutes prior to show time. There is no admittance once the doors are closed and the show has begun. Show schedules may be changed without prior notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Did you know that businesses and individuals can sponsor a full dome show?

If you are interested in helping to further enrich the planetarium experience for students, teachers and all who visit please contact our Space Science Director, David Mestre. Call David at 203-372-3521 x118 today to discuss how you can become one of our valued sponsors.