Exploring New Horizons – Full-Dome



Poster for Exploring New Horizons – A Bays Mountain Production.

“Exploring New Horizons” is a full-dome planetarium show that explores the New Horizons spacecraft and its mission to dwarf planet Pluto and other KBOs. This program also exhibits the importance of the scientific method and how it applies to our understanding of the Solar System.

Starting from ancient times, learn about the history of planetary discovery, especially that of Pluto, and how it has led to an amazing mission to explore the Kuiper Belt. A basic overview of the whole Solar System is included.

Typical to the educational purpose of Bays Mountain Planetarium, this program includes a live section midway to engage your audience in an interactive activity to increase understanding and retention. The activity is a fun demonstration of the blink comparator that Clyde Tombaugh used to discover Pluto. The audience is asked to find Pluto shift among thousands of stars. Of course, to have some fun and to show how difficult it was to search for Pluto, a red herring is thrown in to make things a little difficult. But, that red herring is important. It illustrates other objects, those that were closer to us in our Solar System, that Tombaugh discovered along his quest.

The program is designed to not be dated and is a great way to introduce your audience to the NH mission. The final part of the program is designed for you, the planetarian, to cover the latest news and discoveries regarding NH, Pluto and other KBOs through a live recap.

“Exploring New Horizons” is a great way to educate about the Solar System and shows how important it is to continue learning. This presentation will make a wonderful addition to your public and school group programming.

The show is best for 3rd grade and above.

“Exploring New Horizons” 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 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.


Due to generous financial support from the Bays Mountain Park Association, this show is being offered for an extremely low cost. As such, the multi-show discount does not apply.


Leasing Prices:


Dome Size 1 Year 25 Year
Portables $200 $250
< 8 m (< 26′) $260 $325
8 – 11 m (26′-36′) $340 $425
11 – 14 m (36′-46′) $440 $550
14 – 17 m (46′-56′) $560 $700
> 17 m (> 56′) $700 $875


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  • Video mastered in 4K PNG; available in any size 4K or smaller.
  • Audio Formats – 5.1 Surround and Stereo
  • Show Length – ~30 min. plus live interactive presentation
  • Large Show Poster –  It is 8,250 x 12,450 pixels and will print a 27.5 x 41.5 inch poster at 300 dpi
  • Trailer – 4K frame sequence and QT movie.

Small-sized poster image:

Poster for Exploring New Horizons – A Bays Mountain Production.

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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