Comets & Discovery – Classic Planetaria or Large Flat-Screened Theater Format



Small poster for Bays Mountain Productions’ “Comets & Discovery.”

We’re all a buzz about comets. And true to Bays Mountain fashion, we’ve created an unique classic format show about comets. It is called “Comets & Discovery.” It is not dated in any way and will be usable for years.

The show is much more than a straight narrative about comets. The show takes the viewer on a journey of discovery. We follow two intrepid comet hunters in first-person. One, a modern explorer. The other, Caroline Herschel. The famous 18th century comet huntress that ruled the skies for many generations. With both, we learn how they each searched the skies, made their discoveries, and reported them for other astronomers to bear out. We also learn about, depending on the century of the observer, what people thought comets were and their importance to them. We make education fun. We use proper educational techniques for enhanced retention all in a fascinating, storytelling format. For our production, we are using green-screen technology, 3-D environments, and good ol’ fashioned still art. Together with a captivating script and sumptuous score, this is a great show for the whole family or school group 2nd grade and above.

We are also incorporating two live sequences to enhance the learning and fun. The first will be an activity to involve and engage the audience to learn more about the parts of a comet, the path a comet takes, and the dust and ion tails that splay out in their correct directions as the comet orbits the sun. The second sequence will use a facility’s star projection system and focus on any upcoming comets to see in the sky and how to view them.  To see images of the completed models and to download the fully illustrated instruction documents, please select the “Activity Documents” tab above.  Please note, there are a variety of comet-related activities one can do in their theater to enhance this show.  The show is also designed to not need the activity at all if one desires.

“Comets & Discovery” was produced by a group of very talented and experienced individuals here at Bays Mountain.  Bays Mountain Productions is one of the very few planetarium theaters in the world that creates their own complex, professional-level full-dome and classic shows and makes them available for world-wide distribution.  Driven to forge excellence in the field, our main goal is to fulfill the needs of the planetarian.  Our shows are educationally-driven, but chock full of fun and amazing graphics and music.  Our pricing is also designed to be affordable since we understand the financial needs of the planetarian.  We think you’ll be quite pleased with our content.

Watch the trailer below or view the full-dome version of the complete show here.


Leasing Prices:


Dome/Room Size 1 Year 25 Year
Classic for Planetaria or Flat-Screened Theaters – with DVD
Portables any size $160 $200
Fixed dome any size $400 $500
Classic for Planetaria or Flat-Screened Theaters – with 1920×1080 flat HD frame sequence
Portables any size $240 $300
Fixed dome any size $600 $750
Discounts for similar multi-show lease 2 shows 15%
3+ shows 25%

Download the Full Pricing Sheet


  • Video mastered in 1920×1080 flat HD.  Note, this is NOT a cutout from a dome master.  It has been fully re-rendered from our original 3-D environments using a flat, HD camera.
  • Audio Formats – 5.1 Surround and Stereo
  • Show Length – 20 min. plus live activities
  • Large Show Poster –  It is 10,500 x 15,600 pixels and will print a 35×52 inch poster at 300 dpi
  • Show Trailers
  • All the information needed to lead the two live, interactive activities including plans on making a special comet with two tails model for presentations

Small-sized poster image:

Small poster for Bays Mountain Productions’ “Comets & Discovery.”

Activity Documents

Click here to download the construction document describing the Comet Nucleus Model with Pull-Out Tails.


Comet nucleus model with two pull-out tails. Created for the planetarium show, “Comets & Discovery.” Bays Mountain Productions.















Click here to download the construction document describing the Sun Model.


Lease this Program
Download and fill out a copy of the License Agreement. Return the license agreement along with payment to:

Bays Mountain Park Association
Attn: Bays Mountain Productions
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660

Please contact Adam Thanz or Jason Dorfman at (423) 229-9447 or use the contact form below with any questions about leasing this or any of our programs.

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