Planetarium Show Schedule

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Main Feature

August 22 – December 31, 2017

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

Poster for “Cosmic Origins Spectrograph.”

“Cosmic Origins Spectrograph”

This planetarium program, created by Fiske Planetarium in Colorado, highlights the current research of the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph (C.O.S.) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, the last instrument installed by NASA astronauts. C.O.S. is allowing us an unprecedented view into the vast spaces between galaxies which surrounds our own Milky Way. Join us in the exploration of this hidden universe as we decode the secrets to the origins of the cosmos.

The show is followed by a brief tour of our current night sky using our Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 optical star projector.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

September 2 – October 29, 2017

Appalachian Skies – Fall

Poster image of the Fall version of Appalachian Skies

“Appalachian Skies – Fall”

“Appalachian Skies – Fall” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.

 

Upcoming Shows

 

Alternate Feature

November 4 – December 31, 2017

Two Small Pieces of Glass

& Galileo’s Skies

Poster of “Two Small Pieces of Glass” & “Galileo’s Skies.”

“Two Small Pieces of Glass & Galileo’s Skies”

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” looks at 400 years of telescopic discovery while “Galileo’s Skies” transports viewers 400 years into the past to relive the fascinating skies of discovery for Galileo Galilei. This is an exciting double feature.

“Two Small Pieces of Glass” was produced by the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i, Interstellar Studios, and the Carnegie Science Center and distributed through the National Science Foundation. Viewers will learn about the different types of telescopes as well as how they were used for discovery about our Universe. Travel across time and the globe to witness the people and places that propelled the science of astronomy.

“Galileo’s Skies” is an original production of Bays Mountain Planetarium. It will captivate the audience as we go back 400 years into the past and see the exact sky of Galileo in Padua, Italy, 1609. Witness the positions of the planets as they were seen for the first time with a telescope and learn why Galileo is considered so highly in today’s society.

Show length ~40 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Feature

January 2 – April 29, 2018

Out There –

The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds

The poster for the planetarium show “Out There.”

“Out There – The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds”

With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore the Universe surrounding us and start looking for planets around other stars.

For thousands of years, mankind thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Thanks to our curiosity, imagination and urge to explore, we now know that planets like our Earth are nothing special in the cosmos. The Sun is just one ordinary star among hundreds of billions in our galaxy, the Milky Way. With the world’s most powerful telescopes, we are able to explore more and more of the Universe. What we have found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. Most stars have planets — it turns out they are more common than we thought.
A huge diversity of different worlds is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

January 6 – February 25, 2018

Appalachian Skies – Winter

Poster for "Appalachian Skies - Winter"

Poster for “Appalachian Skies – Winter”

“Appalachian Skies – Winter”

“Appalachian Skies – Winter” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

March 3 – April 29, 2018

A Part of the Sky Called Orion

Poster for “A Part of the Sky Called Orion”

“A Part of the Sky Called Orion”

“A Part of the Sky Called Orion” looks at how three different ancient cultures looked at the same part of the sky we may know as the Greek constellation Orion. The show focuses on the Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq cultures along with their different star stories and images using the night sky. It is a treat for the whole family with wonderful art, music and storytelling.
The show was produced in-house by Bays Mountain Productions and designed to look at the big ideas that have guided human understanding of the cosmos and its patterns in the sky.
The show will be followed by a tour of our current night sky using our stunning Carl Zeiss Starmaster ZKP-4 star projector.
Show length ~40 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Feature

May 1 – August 31, 2018

Seeing!

The poster for the planetarium show “Seeing!”

“Seeing!”

Full-dome Planetarium Program Follows the Creation of a Photon and its Journey Across the Galaxy to a Young Stargazer’s Eye

SEEING! – A Photon’s Journey Across Space, Time and Mind
Funded through a generous grant by Zeiss, “SEEING!” brings the story of sight and vision to planetariums worldwide. Produced by Mirage3D and Koenig Films, “SEEING!” follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. The viewer follows the photon into the girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions, prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve. “Seeing!” was directed by Robin Sip, written by Emmy Award© winning writer Kris Koenig and narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science communicator and the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

May 5 – July 1, 2018

Appalachian Skies – Spring

Poster for Bays Mountain's own planetarium show, "Appalachian Skies - Spring"

Poster for Bays Mountain’s own planetarium show, “Appalachian Skies – Spring”

“Appalachian Skies – Spring”

“Appalachian Skies – Spring” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

July 2 – August 31, 2018

Planetary Visions

A small version of the poster for our Solar System show, “Planetary Visions.”

“Planetary Visions”

“Planetary Visions” is a fantastic, interactive program that is best described as an adventurous tour of the Solar System. With its whimsical, flying robot main character, Toggle, and the interactivity of the operator with the show and the audience, this is a treat for all who attend.

This program was produced by Bays Mountain Productions and highlights the incredible talents of the exhibits and planetarium staff. The program includes a tour of the current night sky.

Show length ~40 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

September 1 – October 28, 2018

Appalachian Skies – Fall

Poster image of the Fall version of Appalachian Skies

“Appalachian Skies – Fall”

“Appalachian Skies – Fall” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

November 3 – December 31, 2018

Dark

Poster for the planetarium show “Dark.”

“Dark”

The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time – the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years – the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant.

The show is presented by Dr Alan Duffy, a brilliant young astronomer from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at the University of Western Australia – who creates simulations of Dark Matter evolution inside supercomputers. Alan introduces us to the idea of Dark Matter, why astronomers think it exists, and explains why Radio Astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery.

We journey through completely immersive visualisations of Dark Matter evolution calculated upon some of the world’s fastest supercomputers – cosmological visions on a truly vast scale, in which galaxies themselves are but points of light, distributed across far larger intergalactic structures of Dark Matter.

The show includes a live activity and a live tour of the current night sky.

Show length ~40 min.

 

Alternate Feature

January 5 – February 24, 2019

Appalachian Skies – Winter

Poster for "Appalachian Skies - Winter"

Poster for “Appalachian Skies – Winter”

“Appalachian Skies – Winter”

“Appalachian Skies – Winter” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Feature

March 2 – April 28, 2019

A Part of the Sky Called Orion

Poster for “A Part of the Sky Called Orion”

“A Part of the Sky Called Orion”

“A Part of the Sky Called Orion” looks at how three different ancient cultures looked at the same part of the sky we may know as the Greek constellation Orion. The show focuses on the Greek, Egyptian, and Inupiaq cultures along with their different star stories and images using the night sky. It is a treat for the whole family with wonderful art, music and storytelling.

The show was produced in-house by Bays Mountain Productions and designed to look at the big ideas that have guided human understanding of the cosmos and its patterns in the sky.

The show will be followed by a tour of our current night sky using our stunning Carl Zeiss Starmaster ZKP-4 star projector.

Show length ~40 min.

 

Alternate Feature

May 4 – June 30, 2019

Appalachian Skies – Spring

Poster for Bays Mountain's own planetarium show, "Appalachian Skies - Spring"

Poster for Bays Mountain’s own planetarium show, “Appalachian Skies – Spring”

“Appalachian Skies – Spring”

“Appalachian Skies – Spring” will take visitors on a majestic tour of the evening sky using the spectacular Carl Zeiss ZKP-4 star projector instrument. It’s fiber-optic generated star field is stunning and a pleasure to see. You don’t want to miss it! Produced in house and led by planetarium staff, learn what fascinating constellations will be easily visible. Marvel at their ancient lore. Find out what planets are easily seen as well. Visitors will take this knowledge home and be able to locate these sights for themselves.

Show length ~35 min.