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Planetarium Shows

Visit our calendar for a public show schedule.
Planetarium shows run approximately 40-45 minutes. The theatre is "looped" with a magnetic loop system that enables individuals with Telecoil-equipped hearing aids to fully enjoy planetarium shows, thanks to the New Hampshire Academy of Audiology and Oticon.

Educators looking for traveling planetarium shows, please visit the outreach page.


Dawn of the Space Age

Dawn of the Space Age

Re-live the excitement and drama of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Meet some of the men and women who risked their lives; witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore.

Recommended for ages 8 and up
School visits: Grades 5-12

Cosmic Origins

Cosmic Origins!

Since its launch in 1990, unique tools aboard the Hubble Space Telescope have resulted in amazing deep-space images and discoveries. Learn how astronomers are using the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (added to Hubble in 2009) to answer questions like: How do stars and galaxies form? How were the elements created in stars and supernovae?

Recommended for ages 12 and up.
School visits: Grades 7-12

Magic Tree House Space Mission planetarium show

Magic Tree House® Space Mission

UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, in partnership with authors Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne, brings the blockbuster Magic Tree House® franchise to fulldome theaters for the first time ever.

In Magic Tree House® Space Mission, a mysterious "M" sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. This beautifully-produced show is a winner with Magic Tree House® fans of all ages.

An original UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center production, written by Will Osborne, co-author of Space, the non-fiction companion and research guide to the Magic Tree House® book Midnight on the Moon

Recommended for ages 4 to 10.
School visits: Grades Pre/K-5

From Earth to the Universe

From Earth to the Universe

Directed by the young Greek filmmaker Theofanis N. Matsopoulos, and featuring a sweeping soundtrack from Norwegian composer Johan B. Monell, viewers can revel in the splendour of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies.

Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

Recommended for ages 8 and up
School visits: Grades 5-12

Tonight's Sky planetarium show

Tonight's Sky

Since this show tells you all about the current night sky plus the latest exciting information about space, it's NEVER the same show twice! Is that a star or a planet? What is Orion hunting? What is a gibbous moon? What does the Milky Way look like? Hold on to your seat as you become part of the spectacular current night sky. This Planetarium program helps you get started observing the wonders of the sky from your own backyard. Our Digital Sky® projection system allows us to travel thousands of light years from Earth.

Recommended for ages 6 and up
School visits: Grades PreK-12
Available in our traveling planetarium

Back to the Moon For Good

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon's resources and discover what humanity's future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

Family of the Sun (school shows only)

Experience the solar system as you never have before, from the Sun to the distant edge of the Oort cloud. Travel to planets, moons, comets and transneptunian objects. Enjoy an aurora on Saturn, see the relative positions of planets in their orbits around our star, understand eclipses and more in the engaging live presentation.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.
School visits: Grades 1-4

Ice Worlds (school shows and private events only)

Explore the critical relationship between ice and life - a tale of friend and foe, enabling, challenging, supporting and adapting - that has developed over millions of years. Will other ice worlds of our solar system have life? Can they help us understand Earth's changing polar habitats? For answers, Ice Worlds explores the two poles of Earth and the other ice worlds nearby.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
School visits: Grades 5-8
Available in our traveling planetarium: Recommended for grades 5-8

Infinity Express (traveling planetarium and private events only)

The universe is slowly offering up its secrets as shown in this remarkable blend of science, art and entertainment. Powerfully narrated by actor Laurence Fishburne of "The Matrix" fame, Infinity Express will take you on an exciting journey of discovery. From the exploration of our solar system to the mapping of the universe, Infinity Express will funnel you towards humanity's mission to explore what lies beyond Planet Earth.

Recommended for ages 8 and up
Available in our traveling planetarium: Recommended for grades 4-12

Interstellar Boundary Explorer (school shows, traveling planetarium, and private events only)

Discover how scientists and engineers are using cutting-edge technology to explore the boundary between our solar system and the rest of our galaxy. Learn how the IBEX mission was developed, how the spacecraft was created, and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our solar system's boundary, in this engaging planetarium show narrated by two inquisitive teenagers and the IBEX scientists and engineers themselves.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
School visits/traveling planetarium: Grades 7-12

Reach for the Stars (private events only)

The story of Christa McAuliffe, a courageous woman and passionate teacher and her lifelong commitment to education. Christa was, and remains, one of NASA's most visible and beloved space pioneers. This award-winning documentary film chronicles her life and vision.

75 minutes.


This exciting new show on solar science, created by the Michigan Science Center in collaboration with NASA and narrated by noted science fiction author Mike Shepherd, shares the wonders of our own personal star, the Sun.  The Sun's incredible energy has supported life on Earth for millennia, but it also poses threats to the way of life our 21st century technology has enabled. In Sunstruck, you will travel to the distant future to discover the Sun’s connection to our universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death. 

Recommended for ages 8 and up
School visits: Grades 5 - 12

The Amazing Telescope (school shows, traveling planetarium and private events only)

Take a voyage through time and space and discover how a simple adjustment to a child's spy glass revealed an infinite and perplexing universe never before imagined. This amazing journey features two students who encounter an astronomer at a local star party and discover not only how telescopes work, but how they have enabled us to make some of the most incredible cosmic discoveries of the past few centuries. Then - learn where you can find some fascinating objects with a small telescope or binoculars in the current night sky with a Discovery Center educator as your guide.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
School visits: Grades 7-12
Available in our traveling planetarium: Recommended for grades 5-12

To Space and Back (school shows and private events only)

Space exploration, humanity's greatest adventure, is helping us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, while reaching down into our home world and influencing the way we live. This international award-winning show will take us to the far reaches of the known universe and bring us home forever changed.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
School visits: Grades 5 to 12

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