Morrison Planetarium: Fragile Planet
The Academy's inaugural show in the Morrison Planetarium is Fragile Planet. This 30-minute round trip to the outer reaches of the universe reveals how special Earth really is.
Visitors begin their voyage at the Academy, lift off through the atmosphere to gain an astronaut’s view of Earth, then travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond to search for habitats that might host extraterrestrial life. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver and interwoven with talks by a live presenter, Fragile Planet will redefine your sense of "home." For more information about show times, visit the Morrison Planetarium.
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2011 Best Fulldome Program at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Life: A Cosmic Story, is a high-speed ride through the history of life. Narrated by Jodie Foster, with an exceptional soundtrack. Come explore the age-old mystery: How did life on Earth begin? Opened November 6, 2010.
In the new Morrison Planetarium’s second show, travel through time and space to experience the dramatic lives and deaths of stars. Witness brilliant supernova explosions, dive into the heart of the fiery Sun, and watch it transform into a red giant five billion years in the future. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Journey to the Stars will help you discover the deep-rooted connection between humanity and the stars.
Journey to the Stars was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences as well as GOTO INC., Tokyo, Japan; Papalote Museo del Niño, Mexico City, Mexico; and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. The show was created with the major support and partnership of NASA, Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division.
Venture into a new frontier in space exploration in this new planetarium show. Fly through distant galaxies, plunge into the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter, and learn how scientists are attempting to shed new light on dark matter and dark energy—mysterious components that account for 95% of our known Universe. Narrated by renowned astrophysicist and writer Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Show access included with General Admission.
Please remember: shows may not be appropriate for kids 6 and under, children 3 and under are not permitted.
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