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When the Earth Shakes - A Traveling Exhibition

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

Now Playing:
back to the moon for good | dawn of the space age | magic tree house space mission | tonight's sky

Shows for Schools & Private Events only:
black holes | digital universe | equinox (seasonal) | family of the sun | ice worlds | impact earth | infinity express | interstellar boundary explorer | reach for the stars | the amazing telescope

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

Back to the Moon For Good planetarium show

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 8 and up.
School visits: Grades 5-12
Available in our traveling planetarium

Dawn of the Space Age planetarium show

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 5-6, 9-12

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

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


Black Holes (school shows and private events only)

Black Holes takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one in Earth's neighborhood? Explore the latest scientific knowledge on black holes in a show that is visually immersive. Narrated by John de Lancie, a.k.a. "Q" from Star Trek: Next Generation.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
School visits: Grades 9-12


Digital Universe (school shows and private events only)

Digital Universe carries you to previously unknown places way beyond our solar system and even beyond our own Milky Way Galaxy. Displayed with stunning color and graphical effects, the experience captures the imagination while providing an entertaining and rich education about the universe!

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


Equinox (school shows and private events only. Offered Sep/Oct & Mar/Apr)

The equinoxes are markers on the great wheel of time - a promise of predictable change. They mark the beginning of autumn as well as spring and the time when day and night are of equal length. Students learn the reasons for the seasons while they gain an appreciation of the astronomical reasons for the equinoxes, how they have changed over the years and how they impact our lives.

45 minutes.


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


Impact Earth (school shows, traveling planetarium, and private events only)

Narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, Impact Earth illustrates the differences between asteroids, meteors, and comets, and how each can benefit (or harm) Earth. It dramatically demonstrates the effects of some famous impacts, discusses ways that humans discover asteroids and comets and how we might try to deflect objects that may be on a collision course with Earth.

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.


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

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