Planetarium programs for K-12 schools, out-of-school time groups, and community groups are about one hour in length, and typically include one of our immersive fulldome films (see descriptions below), plus a live, interactive planetarium presentation. Live presentations are supported by dynamic scientific visualizations powered by Starry Night and The Layered Earth software. Visitors may experience a tour of the seasonal night sky, fly through space to visit other planets, or analyze the interconnected components of the Earth system.

Visiting groups who are also participating in a Challenger Learning Center mission will spend approximately 1.5 hours in the planetarium. These groups will experience a fulldome film chosen to complement the learning goals of the mission, a live interactive presentation, and other educational activities.

With sufficient notice, planetarium programs can be customized to meet the specific learning goals of any group from pre-k to undergraduate.

FullDome Feature Films

Destination Mars

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there! Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey.

Recommended for: ages 10+

Length: 35 minutes

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Produced by the Museum of Science.

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under grant number NNX16AM21G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the Museum of Science, Boston and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Habitat Earth

Plunge 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.

Narrated by Frances McDormand, Habitat Earth 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.

Recommended for: ages 10+

Length: 25 minutes

Note: This film will be shown to groups who are participating in the Earth Odyssey mission.

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Oasis in Space

Water: our most precious resource. Without it, life could not exist on our planet. Is the reverse also true? If we search for water, will we also find life? Join us as we explore our solar system and discover what makes our world stand out among the Sun’s family of planets. Stunning imagery will captivate you as we journey to, and sometimes even below, the surfaces of our neighbor worlds to discover whether or not life might be possible beyond our home planet.

Recommended for: ages 7+

Length: 24 minutes

Note: This film will be shown to groups participating in the Expedition Mars mission.

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TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope follows two students as they interact with an astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Recommended for: children ages 7-13 and their families

Length: 23 minutes

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere.

Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

Recommended for: ages 13+

Length: 24 minutes

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Undiscovered Worlds

Do Earth-like planets exist elsewhere in the universe? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspective on humanity’s place in the cosmos.

Humans have long imagined exotic and intriguing worlds beyond our solar system. However, in recent years, science fiction has become science reality. Undiscovered Worlds reveals the methods used by astronomers to identify these alien wanderers, and explores the idea of what it means to be in a habitable zone around a star.

Recommended for: ages 12+

Length: 27 minutes

Phantom of the Universe

Giant telescopes have opened humanity’s eyes to a vast universe of glowing stars and galaxies. But as these instruments became more advanced, astronomers began to suspect there was something else out there that even their telescopes couldn’t see: dark matter. Join us for an introduction to one of the most exciting areas in current physics research. Phantom of the Universe is a fulldome film produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. The show will reveal the early discoveries of Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin, which first hinted at the existence of dark matter. From there,you will journey to Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles as they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, and learn how scientists around the world are collaborating to find answers to the many questions surrounding dark matter. Phantom of the Universe features narration by Academy-Award winning actress Tilda Swinton and sound effects by Skywalker Sound.

Recommended for:high school and above

Length: 28 minutes