What makes Earth so conducive to life? What drives the engine of weather and climate on our planet? What connects seemingly independent systems on Earth to create and influence the planet’s climate? Follow the energy trail from the sun to Earth and into the interwoven systems of atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere to discover the broader nature of global climate. Explore the winds, oceans, and forces of nature that shape Earth, and discover what ruined our sister planet, Venus.
Showing Tuesdays through Saturdays at 2:30 PM, Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, and Saturdays at 7:00 PM.
The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico. For the first time ever, look inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their secret hideaway, with the help of citizen scientists across North America. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.
Showing Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3:30 PM, Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, and Fridays at 7:00 PM.
Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Elmo’s friend from faraway China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they learn about the sky in this fun adventure, best suited for children ages 4-6. The three friends learn about sunsets and finding starry patterns like the Big Dipper in the night sky. Using their imaginations, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu even travel to the Moon, where they discover they can jump higher and kick a soccer ball farther, but can't fly a kite, and must wear space helmets to breathe. Return-ing to Earth, they realize they can see the same stars from their homes in the United States and China.
Showing Saturdays at 1:30 PM.
Pink Floyd’s concept album comes to life on the planetarium dome in the fictional story of Pink, a world-renowned, but reluctant, rock star. His father's death in World War II, before Pink's birth, and subsequent upbringing by his over-protective mother, propels him into a spiral of ever-increasing isolation. As Pink’s marriage crumbles, he retreats into a world of addiction and begins to build his "wall" to isolate himself physically and mentally from the outside world. As he places the final brick in the wall his descent into mental illness is complete. Imprisoned in his own mind, Pink envisions himself as a fascist leader, the likes of which deprived him of his father, yet he begins to question if he’s done the right thing by isolating himself. Pink's delusions culminate as he puts himself on trial in an effort to tear down the wall. Due to mature content this program is not recommended for audiences under 13.
Showing Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM.
The late '60s and early '70s saw the first explorations of the lunar surface. Four decades later, a new generation of engineers and scientists are competing to win Google's $30 million Lunar XPRIZE, awarded to the first team to land a robotic rover on the moon and return images, video, and data to Earth. Meet the competitors, and see who has the right stuff to pave the way for a permanent human presence on our nearest celestial neighbor. Narrated by Toy Story's "Buzz Lightyear," Tim Allen.
Showing Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:30 PM, and Saturdays at 4:30 PM.
Coyote has a razor-sharp wit and thinks he knows a lot about the sky, but as it turns out, he’s a little confused. Coyote, adapted from American Indian oral tradition, gets set straight with his many misconceptions about lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles of the sky. What is the nature of the Sun and Moon? How do their movements and interactions affect their appearance in the sky? Following the program, a live show presenter will guide you through a breathtaking simulation of the current evening and pre-dawn skies, including star myths, tips on locating constellations and planets, and more.
Showing Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:30 PM.
Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes—those of a family from another star system, seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the icy surface of dwarf planet Pluto, dive off Miranda's towering ice cliffs, sail through the rings of Saturn, brave Jupiter's raging lightning storms, and kick up some red dust on Mars.
Showing Fridays at 1:30 PM.
The universe is awash in radio waves, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, microwaves, x-rays, and gamma rays pouring forth from various celestial objects. So, what do all of these forms of electromagnetic energy have in common, and what makes them different? Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and common, everyday application of these forms of energy in this fast-paced adventure. Following "Cosmic Colors," ride along with interplanetary probes in "Solar Quest," an exploration of how the sun's activity affects life on Earth, and how scientists are using cutting-edge technology to predict space weather.
Showing Wednesdays at 1:30 PM.