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Five Outstanding Shows Added
At last, we're able to make the fine shows from the Morrison Planetarium available to rent/stream!
Incoming!, the 2016 original planetarium show narrated by George Takei, explores the past, present, and future of our Solar System and the landmark discoveries scientists have made sending spacecraft to visit tiny worlds. Cutting-edge visualizations bring real-time data from current NASA missions to life while taking audiences on a ride through the dynamic story of our cosmic origins. Along the way, audiences discover what these impacts from above can teach us — and how scientific advances may allow us to find and track cosmic threats before they reach planet Earth.
Travel through space and time in a fulldome production that makes you look at Earth in a whole new way. A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet. Fly along the San Andreas Fault before diving into the planet's interior. Journey back in time to witness the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago. Visit the sites of historical earthquakes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn how scientists and engineers collaborate to help society prepare for a safer environment — and a safer future.
Travel 120 million light-years to rediscover home! Fragile Planet combines scientific visualization with movie-making magic, highlighting Earth's special place in the universe as the only known haven for life. Develop a renewed appreciation for our fragile planet through the lens of astronomy, as Sigourney Weaver guides audiences on an immersive excursion that explores a universe filled with the possibility of life.
Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today's connected world. Through stunning visualizations of the natural world, dive below the ocean's surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in kelp forest ecosystems, travel beneath the forest floor to see how Earth's tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand, this 2015 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.
Life: A Cosmic Story is a high-speed ride through the history of life! Narrated by Jodie Foster, it tells the 14-billion-year saga of how we came to be. It's a journey from the microscopic view inside a plant cell to the vastness of our universe populated by billions of galaxies swirling in space.
New show from Adler Planetarium!
Planet Nine, the latest fulldome show from Adler Planetarium, gives audiences an inside look at the painstaking process of planet-searching, as told by CalTech's Mike Brown, discoverer of Eris and Haumea. Throughout this fascinating show, Brown talks about unusual orbits and describes nights of painstaking robotic searches for new planets. His is a story of modern planet-detecting techniques that have uncovered many new worlds out beyond Neptune.
Discoveries of new worlds "out there" also give insight into their distances, orbits, and compositions. In addition, those orbits give intriguing clues to the existence of what may be a very large, so-far-undiscovered world deep in the Kuiper Belt.
Join in this fascinating tale of observation, discovery, and analysis — and hear firsthand about the life of a modern planet hunter searching out his prey.
New language available!
Dinosaurs at Dusk
21 March 2017
We added country flags to our Shows - A to Z page, so you can scan quickly down the page, to see at a glance if soundtracks in other languages exist!
New language available!
Origins of Life
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