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Visit the Classic Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque to discover how the Maya aligned their temples to watch their sky gods and used interlocking calendars to record the past and predict the future.
Explore pyramids towering above the rainforest, designed as observatories to follow the sun. Experience the apocalypse of the Maya and discover how our fate in 2012 may be foretold in Mayan Prophecies.
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The characteristics of a star determine what type of life it will lead, how long it will live and even how violently it will die. Witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films, guides your journey into the Secret Lives of the Stars.
Two children turn a cardboard box into a rocket and blast-off on an awesome adventure with a close-up tour of each planet, including landings on Venus and Mars, a trip into the clouds of Jupiter and a journey through the rings of Saturn. Join these kids and their talking astronomy book as they learn about what makes each planet unique and Earth such a special place to live. At the story s end, you ll discover the Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.
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.
This live, guided tour begins with the moon, planets, and stars coming out in your backyard tonight and ends under the big West Texas sky. Explore the heavens above Texas from the Museum’s George Observatory to McDonald Observatory at Ft Davis to discover how the sun and stars are different in Texas. See the sky over the San Jacinto Battlefield and discover how Texans have changed astronomy in the last 175 years – from explaining the Big Bang to Apollo astronauts exploring the moon and the International Space Station orbiting overhead. This full-dome live presentation complements Texas! the exhibition and the Texas! The Big Picture in IMAX.
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.
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.
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!
Lucy’s Cradle, the Birth of Wonder follows the spread of humans around the globe. From the obelisks of Axum to mountaintop observatories, humans have searched for a relationship with the heavens. Modern astronomers are continuing a magnificent journey of human vision that began over 3 million years ago when a young female hominid peered over the grassland of East Africa and saw the distant horizon beyond her fingertips.
Over a hundred planets and moons of all sizes orbit the sun, yet only Earth has intelligent life - or perhaps any life at all. What are the required conditions to foster life? Solar energy, a protective atmosphere, liquid water - but maybe much more. What combination of environmental variation and stability is required for life to begin and to become intelligent?
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.
Long before dinosaurs’ massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs in The Dinosaur Prophecy. Never before have so many types of dinosaurs come to life in full-dome immersive reality. Discover the lives of multiple species of dinosaurs, from the Coelophysis of 205 million years ago to the Allosaurus and Diplodocus of the mid-Jurassic period. Viewers will also see the feathered Sinornithosaurus of China and the T. rex and Triceratops that survived and thrived until the final extinction of all dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Through his stories, a grandfather takes his grandchildren and the audience on a wild canyon ride, to an ice age winter with a woolly mammoth, and to the time when the dinosaurs lived and died. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape.
Earth³ Wild Ride is like many tales shared by grandparents over the centuries, except ôhe old country is really another planet - always visible from the moon base, but totally unlike the granddaughter³ world. Adventure and appreciation for home fill this 20-minute journey back to the Earth.
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