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Planetarium Shows

Ticket Information: All planetarium tickets are sold in person at the visitor center prior to the start of each show

  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors 60+: $10
  • Veterans: $10
  • Mayland Employees & Students with Valid ID: $8
  • Children age 4-12: $5
  • Children 3 and under: Free

Wednesdays

2PM Flight of the Butterflies

The Flight of the ButterflyThe 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 to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

 

Please Note: The 5/29 show is canceled for a staff training

Thursdays

2PM Habitat Earth

Habitat EarthPlunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
This show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

4PM JWST The Story Unfolds

James Webb ShowThe Story Unfolds: The Arthur Planetarium is one of two planetariums in the country to serve as a beta test site for a year-long planetarium show progression telling the story of the James Webb telescope and sharing with the public never before seen footage and information sent from the telescope. Updated each month by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this show will mesmerize viewers with the latest information coming from James Webb.

Fridays

Unveiling the Invisible Universe2PM Unveiling the Invisible Universe

Unveiling the Invisible Universe takes you on a visual journey from naked eye astronomy through today’s groundbreaking discoveries. For thousands of years, we viewed the light of the stars with our naked eyes. However, in the early 17th Century, the invention of the telescope revolutionized our knowledge of the Universe. Then, in the 20th Century with the advent of rockets, it became possible to travel above our Earth’s atmosphere. Now astronomers can observe x-rays and gamma rays from the surrounding hot, violent universe.

4PM Expedition Reef

Expedition Reef GraphicLearn the secrets of the “rainforests of the sea” as you embark on an oceanic safari of the world’s most vibrant—and endangered—marine ecosystems. Narrated by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, the all-digital Expedition Reef takes full advantage of Morrison Planetarium’s fulldome screen to immerse you in the undersea adventure. Along the way, discover how corals grow, feed, reproduce, and support over 25% of all marine life on Earth—while facing unprecedented threats from climate change, habitat destruction, and overfishing.

 

6PM Milky Way Over the Mountains

Milky Way Over The Mountains ImageAn Appalachian Astronomy Story. This show will take visitors on a tour of the current evening sky as seen from the Blue Ridge Mountains. This stunning live presentation will keep guests engaged in this immersive program. Join your Space Ranger as you learn about the night sky, seasonal constellations, deep space objects and mythological constellation lore from groups around the globe. The natural progression of the ever-changing night sky is constantly changing throughout the year along with our seasons. Visitors will be able to leave the planetarium with the ability to locate stars in the evening sky and share this new information with their friends! This is a show that will keep you wanting to come back to hear more and you won’t want to miss it!

Please Note: 4pm and 6pm shows will be cancelled on 5/17/24 and 5/24/24

Saturdays

2pm Flight of the Butterflies

The Flight of the ButterflyThe 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 to a place it has never known. Follow the monarchs’ perilous journey and join hundreds of millions of real butterflies in the remote mountain peaks of Mexico, with breathtaking cinematography from an award winning team including Oscar® winner Peter Parks. Be captivated by the true and compelling story of an intrepid scientist’s 40-year search to find the monarchs’ secret hideaway. Unravel the mysteries and experience the Flight of the Butterflies.

 

4pm JWST The Story Unfolds

James Webb ShowThe Story Unfolds: The Arthur Planetarium is one of two planetariums in the country to serve as a beta test site for a year-long planetarium show progression telling the story of the James Webb telescope and sharing with the public never before seen footage and information sent from the telescope. Updated each month by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, this show will mesmerize viewers with the latest information coming from James Webb.

6pm The Hot and Energetic Universe

the hot and energetic universeThe Hot and Energetic Universe presents with the use of immersive visualizations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics.

High Energy Astrophysics plays a key role in understanding the universe. These radiations reveal the processes in the hot and violent Universe. This science also probes hot gas in clusters of galaxies, which are the most massive objects in the Universe.

Please Note: the 5/25 show is canceled that day. Please come see Laser Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon that day at 6:30.

Sundays

2pm Phantom of the Universe

phantom of the universePhantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter gives planetarium visitors an overview of this proposed part of our universe that we have yet to physically document. Dark Matter is believed to make up 27% of the universe, so what is this material, and why can't we find it? The film begins by explaining the theory of dark matter, and the indirect evidence astronomers like Vera Rubin have collected that suggest that it exists. We then explore the ways that experimental physicists are trying to test hypotheses about Dark Matter: by documenting its interaction with known particles and by creating dark matter ourselves. The film visits a particle detector under the ground in South Dakota and a particle accelerator in Europe to show viewers current efforts to search for and create dark matter.

4pm Milky Way Over the Mountains

Milky Way Over The Mountains ImageAn Appalachian Astronomy Story. This show will take visitors on a tour of the current evening sky as seen from the Blue Ridge Mountains. This stunning live presentation will keep guests engaged in this immersive program. Join your Space Ranger as you learn about the night sky, seasonal constellations, deep space objects and mythological constellation lore from groups around the globe. The natural progression of the ever-changing night sky is constantly changing throughout the year along with our seasons. Visitors will be able to leave the planetarium with the ability to locate stars in the evening sky and share this new information with their friends! This is a show that will keep you wanting to come back to hear more and you won’t want to miss it!

Please Note: 4pm show will be cancelled on 5/19/24 and 5/26/24

New Laser Show:

Laser Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

5/25/24 at 6:30pm

Due to how quickly the Laser Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon show has nearly sold out, we have decided to make it a night of Pink Floyd by adding a second show!
 

dark-side-of-the-moonCome enjoy the music of Pink Floyd and the world-renowned album, The Dark Side of the Moon like you never have before in our 360 ° digital planetarium theatre.
Listen to the music of your favorite classic rock band set to stunning digital visualizations and dancing laser lights! With themes that are out of this world, you have a chance to zoom through space and time!


Lasers, Surround Sound, and Mesmerizing Imagery create an unforgettable experience. This is an absolutely amazing show that no one should miss!

Laser Pink Floyd The Wall

Pink Floyd The Wall Laser Show Graphic

5/25/24 at 8:00pm

Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle weaves its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced!
 

 

 

Late Arrival and Re-entry Policy

Due to the nature of the Planetarium shows and the need to keep the theater dark, guests arriving 5 minutes after the start of the show will not be admitted. Please plan on arriving a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the show to allow time to purchase tickets and be seated comfortably in the dome.

 

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