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“Extreme Weather”

Climate change is rapidly affecting our land, oceans, and atmosphere.  Extreme weather, driven by the changing climate, gives rise to powerful hurricanes, torrential downpours, and drought, resulting in natural disasters.  National Geographic brings you face to face with Mother Nature at her most dangerous in this film.  Experience the action as massive chunks of ice shear off a rapidly melting glacier in Alaska.  In the Midwest, cameras roll as storm chasers risk their lives to capture data as deadly tornadoes race toward them.  In drought-ravaged California, filmmakers embed themselves with firefighters trying to contain raging wildfires on the front lines.  The film unveils the surprising links between these three areas, demonstrating how small changes in one area can have major effects elsewhere.

Show times through September 7th

  • Tuesdays: 3:00 PM
  • Wednesdays: 3:00 PM
  • Thursdays: 3:00 PM
  • Fridays: 3:00 PM
  • Saturdays: 3:00 & 8:00 PM

“Perfect Little Planet” (w/ a “Space Park 360” ride)

Travel along with an alien family as they search for the perfect place in our solar system to get away from it all.

Show times through September 7th

  • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Thursdays: 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays: 1:30 PM










Bonus action short:
a “Space Park 360” ride

Take a sci-fi thrill ride that's literally out of this world aboard an amusement park attraction that's like nothing on Earth.

“Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight”

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what's over the horizon&ellip;is as old as humanity.  Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to nine billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth.

Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun.  But if we find one, how will we ever get there?  How long will it take?  What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space?

Join narrator Sean Bean on a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future, based on whole new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics.  How far can our technology take us?

Show times through September 7th

  • Tuesdays: 6:30 PM

“The Little Star That Could”

Follow the journey of Little Star as he wanders the galaxy searching for his own family of planets in this animated family adventure.  Along the way he discovers a cast of colorful stars with their own stories and personalities, as well as his true name.

Show times through September 7th

  • Wednesdays: 1:30 PM
  • Fridays: 1:30 PM

“Astronaut” (w/ a “Space Park 360” ride and live sky tour)

Mankindís greatest endeavor is the exploration of space.  What does it take to become an astronaut, and participate in the incredible journey?  Find out in the this program by experiencing a rocket launch from inside an astronaut's body.  Explore both inner and outer space in this exciting show.  Join test astronaut "Chad" as he's subjected to the perils lurking beyond Earth's protective atmosphere and magnetic field.  Does Chad have the right stuff?  Would you?

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.

Show times through September 7th

  • Fridays: 6:30 PM



Bonus action short:
a “Space Park 360” ride

Take a sci-fi thrill ride that's literally out of this world aboard an amusement park attraction that's like nothing on Earth.

“Dream to Fly” (w/ a “Space Park 360” ride)

Have you ever had a dream that you were flying?  What does it take to break the bonds of Earth and soar like a bird?  Explore humankindís quest for flight including the ancient myths of Aladdin on his flying carpet, the vimanas—mechanical winged flying machines—of ancient Sanskrit writings, the kites of ancient China, Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific study of wings and drawings of flying machines, and the pioneers of actual flight: Franceís Montgolfier brothers, Englandís George Cayley, Germanyís Otto Lilienthal and the United States' Wright brothers.  Learn how history also shaped the early days of powered aviation with the advent of World Wars.  This poetic and visually stunning show takes you on a journey from the time when humans could only dream of flying to our modern day world where all one needs to fly is a ticket.  Have you ever dreamed of flying?

Show times through September 7th

  • Fridays: 8:00 PM

Bonus action short:
a “Space Park 360” ride

Take a sci-fi thrill ride that's literally out of this world aboard an amusement park attraction that's like nothing on Earth.

“The Sun: Our Living Star” (w/ live sky tour)

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years.  The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived.  It is our nearest star and our planet's powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life.  The passage of the Sun's fiery disc across the sky – day by day, month by month – was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilizations.  Don't be fooled by the terminology; although it is a typical dwarf star, the Sun consumes 600 million tons of hydrogen each second and is 500 times as massive as all the planets combined.  Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun's violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

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.

Show times through September 7th

  • Saturdays: 6:30 PM

“Volcanoes - The Fires of Creation”

Southern Idaho, a landscape sculpted by volcanic forces.  From the stark beauty of Craters of the Moon with its extinct splatter cones and plains of frozen lava to other lava flows across southern Idaho, it is clear that volcanoes played a role in shaping the land on which we live.  Today, active volcanoes hold an allure.  It could be from their rarity or the danger they pose; no matter what the reason they fascinate us.  Witness the incredible tale of the birth of our planet in which volcanoes played a crucial role.  Then step into the present and follow along as National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter takes you along on a personal journey to see volcanoes from the inside, revealing their hidden mysteries.  Get up close to the 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea and watch as Carsten attempts to descend to a lava lake as it roils and churns, launching fountains of lava.  Carsten's passion for volcanoes will grab you, thrill you, and scare you all at the same time.  You may never want to get as close to an active volcano in real life as Carsten does, but you can go there with him from the safety of your seat in the planetarium.

Every rock tells a story.

Show times through September 7th

  • Tuesdays: 8:00 PM