Humanity's quest to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird has roots deep in our civilization and spanning many cultures. Aladdin's flying carpet, the vimanas (flying palaces and chariots) of ancient Hindu Sanskrit, the Chinese invention of kites, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines all paved the way for the modern pioneers of human flight, including France's Montgolfier brothers, England's George Cayley, Germany's Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers. The invention of powered flight both shrank the world, and ushered in the era of aerial warfare. This poetic and visually-stunning show takes you on a journey from a time when our only flights were of the imagination, to a day when all you need to take wing is a ticket. Have you ever dreamed of flying?
Sometime in the future…
A time has come when humans have depleted our home planet's resources. Multi-billionaire business tycoon Warren Trout, seeking to secure new frontiers for Trout Enterprises, recruits former Space Fleet Command pilot Jack Larsen for a mission to find a suitable extraterrestrial location for human colonization. Now Jack finds himself searching the solar system, but he isn't alone. It seems that Trout's daughter, Ashley, has stowed away onboard his spaceship. Together they embark upon a wild ride through the solar system trying to answer these questions: How are the worlds of the solar system alike? How are they different? What features must a world possess for humans to live there?
Will Larson and Ashley find a suitable location? Will they even survive this mission? Find out in this action-packed adventure.
The total solar eclipse of August 21st, 2017 will be the not-to-be-missed astronomy event of the year. This brand-new production, from Nashville's Sudekum Planetarium, explores the history of eclipses and the special alignment of celestial bodies that makes them possible, as well as the dos and don'ts of safely enjoying one of nature's greatest spectacles.
After the recorded show, a live show presenter will offer a mini program about the eclipse in Idaho, including tips on where to go for the best views.
There's a place from which nothing—not even light—escapes, where time and space literally come to their end. It's here, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos…and our imaginations. Zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness how a giant star's violent death gives birth to a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories provide the most complete picture yet of this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?
After the show, a live show presenter takes you on a tour of the current night sky, including tips for locating the planets, how to find constellations, and ancient myths about the stars.
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.
Titans of the Ice Age will transport you to the beautiful and otherworldly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe, and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life–from saber-toothed cats and giant sloths to the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. The harsh and beautiful kingdom of these titans lives again on the dome: an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our ancestors, a time when humans fought for survival alongside majestic woolly beasts.