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Embark 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? Witness the bending of light, skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. Explore the latest scientific knowledge on black holes in a show that is visually immersive and very exciting.
This show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the planetarium. Add to that a sound effects track and 5.1 surround sound mix by George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studios and you have an incredible sensory experience.
Pink Floyd's legendary album returns, using all the capacities of the Museum s high-definition, full-dome video system. Fantastic sound and incredible images create an unforgettable experience. It's not just a laser show, it’s a totally new digital revolution in sight and sound surrounding you, immersing you and losing you in the Dark Side of the Moon.
This unique video experience is provided by Starlight Productions.
Explore Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque --great Maya cities reconstructed at the peak of their elegance and power. Watch Maya astronomers observing the heavens to predict the future. Then visit lagoons and sink holes to discover what destroyed this advanced civilization --a fate that still threatens great urban centers around the world. It's a beautiful story for those who love to explore ancient civilizations and uncover the past, carved in silt and stone.
Are you ready for nature’s fury? This is your chance to survive three Category 5 storms-a hurricane, a tornado and a solar eruption-without any rain, wind or dangerous radiation. Discover the causes of weather catastrophes and venture into the middle of the action then nature goes Force 5!
A tragedy unfolds in the icy North Atlantic. Weather, ice, the sun and human error all contribute to the sinking of this unsinkable ship. Experience the Titanic’s last day to find out what went wrong. Discover how changing Arctic ice can prepare us for tomorrow.
Explore the wonders of our universe! Narrator Tom Hanks guides a flight through the universe and deep into galactic space. After reaching the edge of our cosmos, the tour takes a virtual shortcut back to Earth - a free fall through a black hole.
A famous story with a new ending! The Burke Baker Planetarium offers new insight in the search for the holiday star. Who were the wise men? Were there just 3? Did they follow a real star to Jerusalem? Is December 25th Jesus’ real birthday?
Star of Bethlehem answers these questions and more, as audiences search for a celestial object that could have led the wise men to the Christ child. A planet was called a "wandering star." A meteor was a "shooting star." And a comet was a "hairy star" because its tail looked like a beard. These are all candidates in our search.
The Burke Baker Planetarium has been telling the story of the Christmas Star for forty years. However, new evidence indicates that we may have been looking in the wrong part of the sky. Recently Dr. Michael Molnar, an astronomer and coin collector, found an ancient Roman coin minted in the first century AD in Antioch, Syria. The coin shows the zodiac pattern of Aries, the Ram, looking at a star over its shoulder. According to Marcus Manilius, a Roman astrologer, Aries was the constellation representing Syria. A very special celestial event in Aries could have been interpreted as a sign of the birth of a king in the regions dominated by Aries, the Ram-especially if the event occurred as Aries was rising in the East. Discover what this event might have been and how it could have guided the wise men to Jerusalem and on to Bethlehem.
Using the Planetarium’s digital star-field simulator, we will recreate the night sky at the date and time of Christ's birth to see what the wise men could have seen and to discover if the Star of Bethlehem was a celestial event or a miracle. Travel to the Hills of Judea over 2,000 years ago and discover what the Star of Bethlehem might have been- perhaps a planet, meteor, or comet.
Enjoy a show for stargazers of all ages - with live and pre-recorded sections. First, tour the sky for the upcoming night and the coming weekend with a planetarium operator. Then, go on a star party! Audiences practice finding constellations, planets, the moon, meteor showers and the Milky Way band. Then the show will drop into a star party led by Laurence Fishburne. From this country setting, the show takes audiences through the solar system and into the Universe.
Breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope hover and combine to show the life cycle of stars. Audiences experience the eventual collision of our Milky Way Galaxy with the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy as visualized by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Then, visitors plunge down and sweep through the gigantic Valles Marineris canyon, simulated by the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology, using the latest data from the Mars Global Surveyor.
This show delivers the night sky and interprets its wonders all in one spectacular experience.
Travel to ancient Egypt 6,000 years ago to see how astronomers made the first solar calendar, aligned their temples and pyramids, and told time by the stars. You'll discover the connection ancient Egyptians felt with the heavens and explore the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world, projected all around you in their original splendor. Stars of the Pharaohs is narrated by John Rhys-Davies.
We have created realistic colonies with real mission on real locations throughout the solar system. Imagine zip lining on the scorched Mercury or snowmobiling when it really snows on Pluto. Try bungee jumping from an asteroid, diving from the tallest cliff, or rappelling into deepest canyon. Glide over the hydrocarbon lakes of Titan, jet-pack in a geyser’s spray on Triton, or even drive a monster truck along a steep lunar crater wall. All exciting, all possible, and maybe all part of our future.