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!



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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.

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.

Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure (best for ages 10-adult)
Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. Multicolored rings decorate the sky. Travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons. Produced by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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.

Skywatchers of Africa (best for ages 12 to adult) 
From the ancient Egyptians to the present, Africans have used their sky knowledge to build their societies, shape their spiritual lives, and meet their physical needs for survival. This program highlights the diversity of African astronomy, examines cultural uses of the sky that developed over thousands of years, and celebrates our shared human experience. Originally produced by the Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) and adapted for full dome by the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Center (Nashville, TN).

Space School (best for ages 8 - adult)
How do astronauts train for missions? They go to Space School! Follow NASA astronauts as they prepare for the weightlessness of space by training underwater at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab and at Aquarius Reef Base on the ocean floor. Produced by Sky-Skan, Inc.

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.