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Bradenton, FL 34205

Planetarium Show Descriptions

Planetarium Show Descriptions

Bishop Planetarium Show Descriptions

Perfect Little Planet

23 minutes. What if you could travel the galaxy to find that ideal place? Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms at Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? Created by Clark Planetarium Productions. (This solar system journey is ideal for space travelers of all ages.)

Passport to the Universe

20 minutes. What is our place in the cosmos? In the American Museum of Natural History’s iconic space show Passport to the Universe, this question is answered as visitors travel through the observable universe to explore our “cosmic address.” In an unforgettable experience, cutting-edge science creates images of unprecedented realism and accuracy as viewers begin to understand the true enormity of the cosmos. A captivating explanation of fundamental cosmology, Passport to the Universe is always relevant, always educationally important, always illuminating.

Since its premiere at the Hayden Planetarium in New York, the American Museum of Natural History’s inaugural space show Passport to the Universe has been experienced by millions of people around the world—but not like this. Updated in December 2017, this renowned space show has been fully modernized for today’s audience featuring cutting-edge visualizations of the latest scientific data, including updated surface maps and new exploratory space missions.

Narrated by Tom Hanks.

Passport to the Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Major support for new version provided by California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.

Journey to the Stars

(25 minutes) This spectacular Space Show is narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, featuring extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations. The dazzlingJourney to the Stars launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars. Those who come along for the journey may never see the night sky in the same way again.

Journey to the Stars is an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and more than 40 leading scientists from the United States and abroad.

Journey to the Stars was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan; Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.

Dark Universe

(25 minutes) Featuring exquisite renderings of enigmatic cosmic phenomena, seminal scientific instruments, and spectacular scenes in deep space, Dark Universe celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it-and to new frontiers for exploration. Narrated by astrophysicist and prolific science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, this immersive program is a spectacular way to show off what our dome can do.  In stunningly detailed scenes based on authentic scientific data-including a NASA probe’s breathtaking plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere and novel visualizations of unobservable dark matter – Dark Universe explores this new age of cosmic discovery and reveals the mysteries that have been brought to light so far.

Dark Universe was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.

SpacePark 360

SpacePark360 is designed to recreate the experience of amusement park thrill rides – roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. Seen from the rider’s perspective, SpacePark360 recreates heart pounding thrill rides to create a unique entertainment show never seen before on the dome. From the tops of Jupiter’s clouds to the icy depths of Neptune’s moon Triton, each location serves to heighten the thrilling experience.

Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter

Phantom of the Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter takes you on a journey of discovery, following the efforts of scientists around the world as they try to unlock the mystery of Dark Matter. Starting with its creation during the Big Bang, the role of dark matter in the formation of galaxies and thus ourselves is explored. You are then brought thousands of feet below the earth’s surface where teams of scientists are building extremely sensitive experiments to detect the very rare direct interactions of dark matter particles with normal matter. Finally, the visitor is taken on a whirlwind tour of the gigantic CERN laboratory where beams of protons are hurled together in head on collisions in an attempt to create new dark matter particles for study.

Live Star Talk

Join a staff astronomer for an “old fashioned” planetarium show. You’ll learn how to find the stars, planets and constellations visible from Bradenton over the coming weeks.