All of these shows are available for field trips or private viewings. Inquire at sciencecenter@tjc.edu.

 

Pre-K - 2nd Grade

 

The Little Star That Could

Rating: PreK - 1st
Length: 35 minutes
Description: A story about a Little Star, an average yellow star in search for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies. Eventually, Little Star finds his planets. Each planet is introduced to the audience along with basic information about our solar system.

 

 

 

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Grade: K - 3rd
Length: 30 minutes
Description: Take a trip with two adventurous kids, and a very talkative book from the library, as they explore the planets of our solar system in their very own cardboard rocket. Along the way they learn something special about each of the planets.

 

2nd Grade - 5th Grade

The Accidental Astronauts: An Earth Sun Moon Adventure! (Available for field trips after Feb. 1)

Length: 32 minutes
Rating: 2nd Grade – 4th Grade
Description: Robo-kids Cy, Annie and their dog Armstrong get a lot more than they expected from their class field trip in an impromptu adventure. Travel along exploring the Sun, Earth and Moon, with a witty starship computer as navigator and guide. Race along on the surface of the Moon! Collect an asteroid sample in low gravity! Survive a solar storm! Find new appreciation for the unique beauty of Earth. Journey along with the Accidental Astronauts in this epic dome theater adventure.

Earth, Moon and Sun

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: K - 5
Description: Coyote has a razor-sharp wit, but he's a little confused about what he sees in the sky. Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun also examines how humans learn through space exploration. Audiences age 5-11.

 

Astronaut

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: 2nd-5th
Description: The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. 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 ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

 

From the Blue Planet to the Red Planet

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: 2nd-5th
Description: Journey to the year 2132 as we follow Carina, a young woman stationed on Mars, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Experience living on a futuristic Mars colony, and ride a rover across the Martian surface. Children and adults alike will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.

 

 

Cosmic Journey

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: 3rd and up
Description: Nestled deep within a huge spiral galaxy containing hundreds of billions of stars is an average yellow star. Yet there is something extraordinary about this star-it's ours! Travel the solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in all the wonders of its diverse planets and moons. Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air. In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, you'll make your way to some of the most interesting and intriguing locations that circle our Sun. It will take you on a voyage to the outer reaches of our Solar System in search of worlds that might support life.

 

Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea

Length: 41 minutes
Rating: PreK-5th
Description: This show is a stop-motion 3D animated adventure explaining one of the greatest geological events in the history of the Earth: the separation of the super-continent Pangaea. When two children embark on a geology field trip back in time they are thrown into a fantastic voyage where they witness incredible geological wonders and learn the mysterious process that created our present-day continents and gave us volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.  From racing across the landscape atop dinosaurs to plummeting to the center of the Earth, Dinosaurs Passage to Pangaea is the perfect educational glimpse at the tectonic forces that forged our world.

 

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: 3rd and up
Description: A full dome show about the history and science of telescopes. Galileo did not invent the telescope, but he was the first person to use the newly invented device to observe the sky. Through these observations the Italian philosopher-scientist concluded that the heavens were not perfect and immutable: he observed lunar mountains, phases of Venus, Jupiter's largest moons, and even sunspots. The two small pieces of glass revealed a Universe that was far more complex than previously assumed. Telescopes have advanced considerably since Galileo's time. Humanity now has large observatories and even a couple in outer space. "Two Small Pieces of Glass" shows how telescopes work; and how astronomers have used them to scrutinize the structures within our cosmos.

 

Moons: Worlds of Mystery

Length: 35 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: Moons: Worlds of Mystery immerses you in the amazing diversity of moons and the important roles they play in shaping our solar system. Follow in the footsteps of astronauts to our silvery Moon, then venture beyond to unfamiliar and exotic worlds. Journey to the outer planets and their moons, returning home with newfound wonder about the dynamic and intricate solar system in which we all live.

 

6th Grade - 12th Grade

The Sun: Our Living Star

Length: 30 minutes
Rating: 5th Grade- 8th Grade
Description: The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The passage of the Sun’s fiery disc across the sky — day by day, month by month — was the only way to keep track of time for countless past civilisations. Discover the secrets of our star in this planetarium show and experience never-before-seen images of the Sun’s violent surface in immersive fulldome format.

 

Seeing!
Length: 
30 minutes
Rating: 5th Grade- 8th Grade
Description: Follow the journey of a single photon as it is produced in a distant star, before travelling across the vast expanse of space to land on someone's retina. This fulldome planetarium show explores some of the fascinating processes of the cosmos, from astrophysics to the biology of the eye and brain. Funded through a generous grant from ZEISS, the show is narrated by astronomer and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Hot and Energetic Universe
Length: 35 minutes
Rating: Middle school and above
Description:  “The Hot and Energetic Universe” presents through the use of Immersive Visualizations and real images the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics. Topics covered include: electromagnetic properties, wavelength and frequency, characteristics of stars and galaxies.
TEKS Covered: 8.8(A)(C) 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Matter Mystery
Length: 45 minutes
Rating: General Audience 
Description:  What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to answer these questions. We know today that approximately a quarter of the Universe is filled with a mysterious glue: Dark Matter. We know that it is out there. But we have no idea what it is made out of. This planetarium show takes you on the biggest quest of contemporary astrophysics. You will see why we know that Dark Matter exists, and how this search is one of the most challenging and exciting searches science has to offer. Join the scientists on their hunt for Dark Matter with experiments in space and deep underground. Will they be able to solve the Dark Matter Mystery?

 

Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Length: 45 minutes
Rating: 5th and up
Description: Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

 

 

To Space & Back

Length: 30 minutes
Rating: 5th and up
Description: Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above is coming back down to Earth!

 

 

Dynamic Earth

Length: 24 minutes
Rating: 5th and up
Description: Now in more than 70 planetariums worldwide, Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

 

Black Holes

Length: 37 minutes
Rating: 5th and up
Description: A completely original Clark Planetarium production, "Black Holes" takes you on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a Black Hole. Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? What are supermassive black holes? What is "spaghettification"? All these questions will be answered in Black Holes.

 

Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens

Length: 35 minutes
Rating: 5th and up
Description: Once a planet of great mystery, now we know more than ever before about its amazing system of rings, moons, and storms thanks to modern robotic space pioneers. While "Saturn" incorporates the best imagery from the Cassini-Huygens missions, it is not a slide show. For example, we've taken the photomaps of the moons and wrapped them onto 3-dimensional spheres complete with surface sculpting and height maps so the craters, canyons and mountains will show true surface relief! In this modern 35-minute production, audiences can experience an immersive exploration of one of the most amazing and dynamic planetary collections of our solar system.

 

General Public and All Ages

*Available for field trips as well*

 

Humpback Whales

Length: 45 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: An extraordinary journey into the hidden world of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammal, Humpback Whales takes you to Alaska, Hawaii, and the Kingdom of Tonga for a close-up look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and care for their young. Captured with IMAX® cameras, and found in every ocean on Earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out why humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 55-foot, 50-ton animals migrate up to 10,000 miles round-trip every year.

 

Totality

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: Totality is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses. An eclipse is described simply as when one celestial object blocks another from our view. This program examines what eclipses are, how and when they occur, and what wonderful sights they create. We also look back to a fascinating period in scientific discovery when general relativity was proven with the photographic recording of a solar eclipse.

 

 

Live Sky Tonight

Length: 20-40 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: A classic planetarium show, Live Sky Tonight is an interactive live sky show featuring many of the most popular and interesting objects visible in the nighttime sky. You will not only be able to pick out the Big Dipper or the Sword of Orion in the real night sky, but while in the dome you can travel light-years in seconds, fly to galaxies, and explore the edge of the observable universe.

 

From Earth to the Universe

Length: 30 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description:The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe. Audience members then our home out to the colourful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out, beyond the Milky Way, to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

 

A Starry Tale

Length: 25 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: Constellations were created thousands years ago and they have been handed down generation after generation up to now. This show focuses on this great fact. In the show, you will see instruction on constellations and movement of the sun, moon and planets against constellations. An associated story from Greek myths is provided with beautiful CG including the tale of Astraea, the goddess of justice, who is closely related to the constellation Libra.

 

 

Space Park 360

Length: 30 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: Space Park 360 is a 9-ride show that takes audiences on a wild immersive ride through the Solar System while recreating the experience of amusement park thrill rides—roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. From the top of Jupiter's clouds to the icy depth of Neptune’s moon Triton, each location serves to heighten the thrilling experience. Note: This is a musically based entertainment show with limited to no narration and very little educational value.

 

Rock on Demand

Length: 40 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: "Rock on Demand" fills the entire 40-foot domed theater with vibrant graphics, completely enveloping visitors in a 360-degree view while the 16,000 watt, digital surround sound system plays rock hits ranging from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to The Doors and Aerosmith.

 

Seasonal/Holiday Shows

 

Mystery of the Christmas Star

Length: 30 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: Mystery of the Christmas Star deals with one of the most beautiful and mysterious stories ever told - the journey of the Wise Men who visited Christ at his birth. The show takes a sincere and serious look at potential explanations for the Star of Bethlehem. You will be left with a new appreciation for the night sky and the beauty of the starry host above.

 

Season of Light

Length: 30 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: The show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well. Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun. And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem" in the last quarter of the show: comets, meteors, novae and supernovae, and planetary conjunctions.

 

 

Let it Snow: A Holiday Music Journey

Length: 32 minutes
Rating: Suitable for all audiences
Description: "Let it Snow" features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, and includes a stunning multi-media finale by Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, special effects, and all-dome scenery to create a fully immersive holiday experience.