Our most popular Shows

We offer a wide variety of full dome shows to view. Our catalogue includes content for all audiences including PreK-12, general audiences, and special interest groups. These are the most requested shows at the TAMUC Planetarium.

Astronaut

Astronaut

What does it take to become an astronaut? Join us as we experience a rocket launch from inside the human body. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject our test astronaut, Chad, to everything space has to offer.

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Beyond the Sun

Beyond the Sun

While Celeste is fighting off sleep in her room by reading a book about astronomy, she receives an unexpected visit from Moon. Together, they enjoy a journey through the universe to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected.

They observe rogue planets, oceanic worlds and super-earths. Moon tells her about exoplanet hunters who observe the sky in search of planets such as Earth. Many adventures are yet to come. But first, she needs some rest. Celeste drops off to sleep waiting for the next visit of Moon.

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Black Holes

Black Holes

Black holes are the strangest objects in the universe and have been a fascination to mankind for nearly 100 years. Come explore these strange phenomena and take a breathtaking, fanciful tour into a black hole.

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Dawn of the Space Age

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Dawn of the Space Age

Relive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik through the magnificent lunar landings and on to current manned and unmanned space voyages. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this accurate historic reconstruction of man’s first steps beyond the confines of Earth. This planetarium show recreates the adventures of modern explorers who took part in these death-defying endeavors. You will also witness their drive, passion and perseverance to explore. This spectacular show will make you feel as if you were there with them, reliving a piece of history.

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Earth, Moon, and Sun

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Earth, Moon & Sun

Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe entices viewers to think about how the Earth, moon, and sun work together as a system.

Learn why the sun rises and sets, and examine the moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. Earth, Moon & Sun explores past and future space travel to our moon and beyond.

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Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder

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Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder

Using the latest data from multiple planet-hunting missions including Kepler, ExoPlanets: Worlds Of Wonder follows mankind’s first space probe as it journeys outside our solar system to the many new worlds astronomers are discovering beyond.

Explore gas giant planets caught in a deadly dance with their host stars and frozen rogue planets hurtling through space. Travel to molten, rocky worlds now known to science, and new planets orbiting within the Goldilocks Zone—the habitable region around a star where earth-like worlds may exist.

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Faster Than Light

Faster Than Light

Faster Than Light explores the longstanding quest to develop spacecraft with enough power and speed to reach the stars. The film asks: What will it take to reach a newly discovered planet circling our sun’s nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri?

Based on real science and engineering, Faster Than Light takes audiences on a thrilling journey into the future aboard laser-driven space sails, antimatter engines, and warp drives right out of science fiction.

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Ice Worlds

Ice Worlds

The delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life has been a topic of exploration and discovery in science for generations. Traveling to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we’ll examine the ecosystems that live and thrive there and see how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we’ll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscape and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our solar system. Narrated by Emily Watson, star of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

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Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef

Kaluoka’hina: The Enchanted Reef transports you to a tropical reef … a colorful, one-of-a-kind world full of adventure, danger, riddles and old legends. It’s a world inhabited by creatures that are humorous and courageous, lovable and bizarre, often charming and sometimes dangerous.

This planetarium show follows Jake and Shorty, two fish from the reef, on their quest to restore the magic of their home, Kaluoka’hina. Their only lead is an ancient legend that tells of touching the moon … but how is a fish supposed to touch the moon? This is just one of the intriguing puzzles that Jake and Shorty will have to solve on their most exciting adventure ever.

Spectacular underwater scenery, playful characters and the totally immersive environment of the planetarium make this show a must-see.

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Lamps of Atlantis

Lamps of Atlantis

Our search for the lost continent of Atlantis takes us on a journey through the astronomical knowledge and understanding of the ancient Greeks. How did the constellations get their names? What different patterns did ancient cultures see in the sky? Was Atlantis a real place? Did it really sink into the sea? We will uncover clues to help us solve this age-old mystery.

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Magic Glob

Magic Globe

On vacation at her grandpa’s, a little girl named Mia accidentally discovers a mysterious piece of astronomical machinery. Edmund, Mia’s eccentric uncle, tricks the girl into using the tool’s secret powers to change the world’s seasons. She realizes the consequences of her actions, but Edmund doesn’t want to let the plan go.

Magic Globe is an engaging story designed to interest and challenge children from 5 to 12 years old. It has a clear educational structure with all science-related topics broken down into manageable chunks and naturally woven into the storyline. It allows children to recap knowledge they already have as well as learn multiple new concepts while following the story, which makes it perfect for mixed-ability audiences.

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Perfect Little Planet

Perfect Little Planet

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? This is the solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Climb aboard a magical cardboard rocket with two young adventurers, Marcus and Bonnie, and experience a breathtaking, up-close look at each of our solar system’s planets with guidance from Astronomy Book—a character personified by a wise, kind old man. Spectacular views abound in this fun, educational view of the solar system. Great for grades 2-5.

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Secrets of Gravity

Secrets of Gravity

12-year-old Luke is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than boring magic spells. He is fascinated by the stars, the universe and the laws of nature. One night, he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever, rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey through space and time during which they not only uncover the secrets of gravity but also learn about friendship and imagination.

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Seven Wonders

Seven Wonders

Join us as we travel back in time to explore the Seven Wonders of the World. In Ancient Egypt, we will visit the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the great pyramids, then travel to Persia to view the Mausoleum, and to Babylon to be awed by the fabled Hanging Gardens. The journey will continue to Greece to tour the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, and then to Rhodes to stand in the shadow of the towering Colossus. We will investigate the theories of how these wonders were created and get a glimpse of some of the universe’s greatest wonders.

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Stars: The Powerhouse of the Universe

Stars: The Powerhouse of the Universe

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. Suitable for audiences of all ages, this dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill and stunning 3D animation by NSC Creative. Educational content includes stellar evolution, space exploration, the electromagnetic spectrum and the history of astronomy.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass traces the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications of a spyglass—using two small pieces of glass—to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. This show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Join us as we view the magnificence of Saturn’s rings and explore the Galilean moons and other galaxies. We gain an understanding of how some of the largest observatories operate and see how telescopes are used in exploration of the cosmos.

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