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Planetarium Shows
For Everyone

12:30 pm
For younger school-age children. The content and delivery of these shows inspires the youngest future astronomers to learn about the skies.

2 pm
The Sky Tonight. See what the sky is like on the Planetarium dome the VERY night you see this interactive show. LIVE presentation. Ages 8+

3:30 pm
Star shows that explore more complex scientific content as it draws you into the action. Ages 8+

Planetarium Show Times
Saturdays & Sundays Only

July

 

2-3
12:30
2
3:30
Tycho to the Moon
The Sky Tonight
Undiscovered Worlds
9-10
12:30
2
3:30
Tycho to the Moon
The Sky Tonight
Undiscovered Worlds
16-17
12:30
2
3:30
Tycho to the Moon
The Sky Tonight
Undiscovered Worlds
23-24
12:30
2
3:30
Tycho to the Moon
The Sky Tonight
Undiscovered Worlds
30-31
12:30
2
3:30
Tycho to the Moon
The Sky Tonight
Undiscovered Worlds
August

 

6-7
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 We Are Astronomers
13-14
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 We Are Astronomers
20-21
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 We Are Astronomers
27-28
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 We Are Astronomers

Inflatable Space Opens June 4
How do we send large structures into space? Right now we assemble them atop rockets but is there another way? Possibly, it will be an inflatable space station. Inflatable Space in the Troster Hall of Science, next to the Planetarium, shows us models, some life-size, of expandable space structures — ECHO communication satellites launched in the ‘60s, today’s BEAM module; and ahead, the HIAD heat shield.

Echo 2Echo 2, the last balloon satellite, launched in 1964, investigated the dynamics of large spacecraft and the measurements of Earth.

One World, One Sky
Big Bird's Adventure
On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same - they love to fly kites! Children can’t fly a kite on the moon because there is no wind but on Earth they can! More learning, too, about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.
Produced by Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.
Ages 5+

 

FREE Star Shows
Fridays and Saturdays
July 1 - Sept 3      7 pm

See The Sky Tonight. Tour the skies when the center of the Milky Way looms on the evening southern horizon.


The Milky Way at 5,000 meters above sea level,
near Cerro Chajnantor in the northern Chilean Andes.

Summer Sky Observing
Fridays and Saturdays       7 - 8:30 pm
July 8, 9    August 5, 6

See objects in the night sky with TeleVue TV-85, the Museum’s new telescope.

Planetarium Shows - What They're About

Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Where are the moons? What do they do?
Follow the astronauts to our silvery moon, then journey to the outer planets to discover more moons. Come back to earth with new found wonder for the dynamic solar system where we live.
Ages 8+, 35 minutes + Q & A


Earth, Moon and Sun
This planetarium show explores 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 myths and science.
Ages 5+, 26 minutes + Q & A


The Girl Who Walked Upside Down
12:30  and 3:30 pm
This is the tale of a girl who came to us one spring day, after a storm, walking upside down upon the rainbow. She has a unique way of looking at things, in particular the sky, and an affection for the Moon and stars. What would you notice, if you could walk upside down?
Ages 4-7, 33 minutes + Q & A

We Are Aliens!
Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! is a new 360° digital planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (from Harry Potter films) that takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.
Ages 8+, 25 minutes + Q & A


Legends of the Night Sky:
Perseus and Andromeda
The stars tell the story of beautiful Andromeda, who is punished by the gods for her mother’s bragging, sacrificed to a sea monster, and then rescued by Perseus.
Ages 5+, 25 minutes + Q & A


The Sky Tonight – Live

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.
Ages 8+ 55 minutes


We Are Astronomers

Discover how astronomers share knowledge and answer our questions about the universe. Narrated by David Tennant, the “Tenth Doctor” in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who.
Ages 8+, 25 minutes + Q & A


Undiscovered Worlds:
The Search Beyond Our Sun

Through the discovery of exoplanets—the hundreds of planets that orbiting stars beyond the sun—we learn that our solar system is not alone in the universe. New technology and recent endeavors like the Kepler Telescope have aided the discovery of exoplanets that brings us closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will our view of our place in the universe change? Co-written with Alan Lightman (author of Einstein's Dreams) this show features an original orchestral score.
Ages 8+, 30 minutes + Q & A


Tycho to the Moon

Kids love Tycho! The dog that doesn’t just howl at the moon—he goes there! See the planetarium’s favorite dog like never before with stunning new fulldome visuals.
Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho and his young American friends, Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky. Includes the much-loved singalong song “Don’t Touch!”
Ages 5+, 24 minutes + Q & A


 

One World, One Sky
Big Bird's Adventure
On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same - they love to fly kites! Children can’t fly a kite on the moon because there is no wind but on Earth they can! More learning, too, about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.
Produced by Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.
Ages 5+