Located on the second floor of the Museum, our state-of-the-art, all-digital planetarium presents live and playback programs designed both in-house and by other production companies. From learning about the night's constellations to experiencing the wonders of space flight, your exploration of the universe begins here!


Kids' Special Programs

Age-appropriate for elementary school children

Accidental Astronauts (best for ages 6 to 12)
Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong on an unexpected journey into space!  Explore the Earth, Sun and Moon with a wise-cracking starship computer.  Follow an asteroid as it crashes into the Moon and bounce along with them on the lunar surface.  Dodge a solar storm and gain a new appreciation of our home planet.  Produced by Clarke Planetarium.

Earth, Moon, and Sun (best for ages 7 – 12)
Discover why the sun rises and sets, why the moon has phases and craters, and more—all with the help of Coyote, who may have a bit to learn himself! Produced by UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Flight Adventures (best for ages 6 – 12)
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! Produced by the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Larry Cat in Space (best for ages 5 – 10)
Follow the adventures of Larry Cat as he sneaks into a spacecraft to follow his human to a moon base. Learn about the moon — or, as cats call it, the “meeoon!” This show was created by Loch Ness Productions.

The Little Star That Could (best for ages 5 – 10)
Follow the story of Little Star, an average yellow star searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way he meets other stars, learns what makes each one special, and discovers that stars combine to make star clusters & galaxies. Finally Little Star finds his planets, each introduced with basic information about the solar system. Produced by Audio Visual Imagineering, Inc.

The Magic Tree House: Space Mission (best for ages 8 – 12)
Visit the Magic Tree House and follow Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Produced by the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (best for ages 8 – 12)
Aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and vivid imaginations, two children go on a magical journey through the Solar System, landing on Venus, flying through the rings of Saturn, and more. Produced by Clark Planetarium and distributed by Sky-Skan.

Colors from Space (best for ages 8 – adult)
In this interactive program, discover how changing colors affect what we see, and how astronomers use light of different colors to learn more about the universe than we could otherwise learn. “Interact for Definiti,” a production of the Lawrence Hall of Science – distributed by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight (best for ages 8 – adult)
Exploration...today a new horizon beckons. Our galaxy teems with planetary systems, with perhaps up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Are any of them habitable? Could we ever reach them? What spacecraft designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Take virtual rides on spacecraft of the future that may be based on new technologies, exotic fuels, and breakthroughs in physics. How far can we go? Produced by Spitz, Inc., and narrated by Sean Bean.

The Modern Universe (best for ages 7 – adult)
Different every time, this live program is about our modern understanding of space and the universe. Questions welcomed! The sun? Saturn? Exoplanets? Galaxies? What would you like to learn today?

The Sky Tonight (best for ages 5 – adult)
This live presentation introduces visitors to evening constellations, bright stars, and planets.

Stars of the Pharaohs (best for ages 10 – adult)
Travel to ancient Egypt to see how astronomy was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge building Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world. Produced by Evans & Sutherland.

To Space and Back (best for ages 10 – adult)
Space exploration helps us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, reaching down to our world to influence the way we live. Discover an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space paves the way for devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we’ve been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.

Two Small Pieces of Glass (best for ages 8 – adult)
Join two kids going to a star party where they meet the astronomy lady, who tells them all about telescopes and what astronomers find with them. Discover the amazing world of telescopes and the universe!