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Planetarium Shows For Everyone

12:30 pm
For younger school-age children. The content and delivery of these shows inspires the youngest future astronomers to learn about the skies.

2 pm
The Sky Tonight. See what the sky is like on the Planetarium dome the VERY night you see this interactive show.
LIVE presentation. Ages 8+

3:30 pm
Star shows that explore more complex scientific content as it draws you into
the action. Ages 8+

Planetarium Show Times - Saturdays & Sundays Only
March


4-5
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
11-12
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
18-19
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
25-26
12:30
2
3:30
 Girl Who Walked Upside Down
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
April


1-2
12:30
2
3:30
 Tycho to the Moon
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
8-9
12:30
2
3:30
 Tycho to the Moon
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
15-16
12:30
2
3:30
 Tycho to the Moon
 The Sky Tonight
 Undiscovered Worlds
22-23
12:30
2
3:30
 Tycho to the Moon
 The Sky Tonight
 Victorianís Guide to Galaxy
29-30
12:30
2
3:30
 Tycho to the Moon
 The Sky Tonight
 Victorian’s Guide to Galaxy
NEW Star Show!
The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy
Debuts on Sky & Earth Day
Sat, April 22, 12 - 5pm

When the Museum’s historic home, Glenview, was being built in 1875, astronomers and physicists believed that they had completed the foundation of knowledge for their sciences. This new show, narrated by award-winning science fiction narrator Kate Baker, explores what 19th-century scientists understood about their universe. See it Sat and Sun: Apr 22, 23, 29, 30 and May weekends at 3:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 


Illustration from a book by Jules Verne, From the Earth to the Moon 1865, one of the first real works of science fiction, which tells about a three-man capsule that reaches the moon.

Planetarium Shows - What They're About
Moons: Worlds of Mystery
Where are the moons? What do they do?
Follow the astronauts to our silvery moon, then journey to the outer planets to discover more moons. Come back to earth with new found wonder for the dynamic solar system where we live.
Ages 8+, 35 minutes + Q & A


Earth, Moon and Sun
This planetarium show explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.
Ages 5+, 26 minutes + Q & A


The Girl Who Walked Upside Down
12:30  and 3:30 pm
This is the tale of a girl who came to us one spring day, after a storm, walking upside down upon the rainbow. She has a unique way of looking at things, in particular the sky, and an affection for the Moon and stars. What would you notice, if you could walk upside down?
Ages 4-7, 33 minutes + Q & A


We Are Astronomers

Discover how astronomers share knowledge and answer our questions about the universe. Narrated by David Tennant, the “Tenth Doctor” in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who.
Ages 8+, 25 minutes + Q & A

We Are Aliens!
Earth. It’s now a small world. The human race is connected better and faster than ever before but what about elsewhere? Could we one day be part of a galactic community sharing our knowledge and ideas? Or is Earth the only planet with life? We Are Aliens! is a new 360° digital planetarium show narrated by Rupert Grint (from Harry Potter films) that takes you on an epic ride in the hunt for the evidence of alien life.
Ages 8+, 25 minutes + Q & A


Legends of the Night Sky:
Perseus and Andromeda
The stars tell the story of beautiful Andromeda, who is punished by the gods for her mother’s bragging, sacrificed to a sea monster, and then rescued by Perseus.
Ages 5+, 25 minutes + Q & A


The Sky Tonight – Live

Take a live tour of the heavens as seen from our area with a planetarium educator.
Ages 8+ 55 minutes


Habitat Earth
Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support life forms large and small—from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover what it means to live in today’s connected world. Dive below the ocean’s surface, travel beneath the forest floor, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.
25 minutes


Undiscovered Worlds:
The Search Beyond Our Sun

Through the discovery of exoplanets—the hundreds of planets that orbiting stars beyond the sun—we learn that our solar system is not alone in the universe. New technology and recent endeavors like the Kepler Telescope have aided the discovery of exoplanets that brings us closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will our view of our place in the universe change? Co-written with Alan Lightman (author of Einstein's Dreams) this show features an original orchestral score.
Ages 8+, 30 minutes + Q & A


Tycho to the Moon

Kids love Tycho! The dog that doesn’t just howl at the moon—he goes there! See the planetarium’s favorite dog like never before with stunning new fulldome visuals.
Blast off on an amazing ride with Tycho and his young American friends, Ruby and Michael. Learn about night and day, space travel, phases of the Moon, and features of the lunar surface. Take a close-up look at the Sun, see Tycho play in zero gravity, witness Earth from space, and watch meteors shoot across the night sky. Includes the much-loved singalong song “Don’t Touch!”
Ages 5+, 24 minutes + Q & A


 

One World, One Sky
On a trip from Sesame Street to the moon, Big Bird and Elmo with friend Hu Hu Zhu discover that planets are different from one another but people on Earth are often the same - they love to fly kites! Children can’t fly a kite on the moon because there is no wind but on Earth they can! More learning, too, about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun, and the moon.
Produced by Sesame Workshop, the Beijing Planetarium, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and Liberty Science Center with major funding provided by the National Science Foundation.
Ages 5+