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Space Theater

Our full-dome planetarium transports students across space and time in a variety of amazing adventures. Voyage to the furthest reaches of our galaxy to examine black holes, stars and planets; travel back in time to investigate ancient civilizations; or explore life in the rainforest!

SPACE THEATER PRICING

  • DHDC Partner Districts:             Free
  • Non-Partner Districts:                $2.25 per student per title

RESERVATION DETAILS

  • Seating capacity is 85 students per show time.
  • Multiple showings available to accommodate larger groups.
  • Space Theater is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • DHDC reserves the right to book multiple school groups for a reserved Space Theater show time if space permits.
  • Reserved seating for Space Theater shows is limited to students and teachers. Chaperones are welcome to enjoy the show if open seats are available! 

Astronomy Live!

Grades 3-12
30-45 minutes

This live, interactive astronomy program uses images of the current nighttime sky to introduce students to the most popular and intriguing objects in the heavens. Students will discover how to locate major stars and constellations and examine the stories and mythologies surrounding their origin. 

 

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Black Holes

Grades 4-12
30 minutes

Few objects in the universe hold the power and fascination of these astronomical marvels. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How do we find them? Students will explore one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe and discover their effects on space and time in this full-dome feature.

 

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Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure

Grades PK-8
40 minutes

Become immersed in a miniature world where a leaf weighs as much as a car, a single raindrop can quench the largest thirst and a blade of grass soars like a skyscraper. Bugs! gives students an up-close view of the extraordinary world of insects and introduces a lively cast of characters who must fight for survival in a world where predators lurk at every turn. This documentary-style film explores the entire life cycle from birth to reproduction to the insects' ultimate position in the food chain.

 

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Chaos and Order: A Mathematical Symphony         

Grades 5-12
40 minutes

Similar in format to the Fantasy Light Show but with a mathematical twist, Chaos and Order takes students on a spectacular journey through a world of computer generated mathematical imagery set to music. Structured into four movements -- geometric forms, algorithms, simulations, and chaos theory -- Chaos and Order combines science and art in celebration of the common language of our universe: mathematics. 

 

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Fantasy Light Show

Grades Pre-K-12
25 minutes

Unleashing the imaginations of children of all ages, the Fantasy Light Show takes guests on the ride of a lifetime! Through computer-generated imagery, viewers will enjoy a roller coaster ride, travel on an infinity loop and journey through virtual worlds full of vibrant color and movement. Set to a fun, upbeat musical score, the Fantasy Light Show is a feast for the senses!

(May not be suitable for students at risk of seizure. Please contact DHDC for details.)

 

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The Future Is Wild

Grades 2-8
30 minutes

Based on the popular documentary series on Animal Planet, The Future is Wild explores how the Earth might change in the coming years and speculates how modern-day animals may have to adapt to new environments of the distant future. A team of over 100 animators and scholars transformed their ideas into creatures that fly, walk and swim. Experience a future fantastic, based on real science.

 

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New Horizons

Grades 3-12
30 minutes

From breathtaking landscapes to violent volcanic eruptions, New Horizons transports viewers on a majestic journey through the planets and moons of our celestial neighborhood. Your interplanetary voyage begins as students follow a comet through space. At each stop along the way, real data and images from modern space probes are used to explore the wonders of our galaxy.

 

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Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Grades Pre-K-3
30 minutes

Embark on an amazing expedition as students join two children who build a rocket out of a refrigerator box and take a fantastic journey through the Solar System alongside their ship's navigator, a talking astronomy book. Viewers will explore the planets of the solar system in this animated feature.

 

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Secrets of the Sun

Grades 1-8
20 minutes

Secrets of the Sun provides an in-depth look at the Sun’s role in the life of our solar system. From nuclear forces churning at the heart of the Sun, to mass ejections of solar material into surrounding space, students will discover the power of the Sun and its impact on the planets—and ultimately life on Earth. 

 

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Stars of the Pharaohs

Grades 3-12
40 minutes

Egypt is a land of mystery whose culture and civilization were among the earliest in human history. Stars of the Pharaohs transports students to ancient Egypt to investigate the connection Egyptians felt with the stars and other astronomical phenomena and examine how this connection influenced their culture and society. Through an exploration of the temples, tombs and mythology of ancient Egypt viewers will also discover how Egyptians used their study of the stars to tell time, make calendars and engineer buildings.

 

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Space Junk

Grades 3-12
40 minutes

Fifty years after launching our dreams into space, we're left with a troubling legacy: tens of millions of pieces of orbiting debris in an ever-growing ring of debris which threatens the safety of our planetary orbits. Space Junk takes students on a journey which examines this very real problem and explores the challenges we face in protecting our orbits for the future. What exactly is out there? What is the risk to the extensive defense and communications satellite networks we depend on? What can we do to protect our planet from impacts which could alter its orbit, and ultimately, life on Earth?

 

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Two Small Pieces of Glass

Grades 3-12
30 minutes

What’s so important about a telescope? Galileo’s telescopic observations began a revolution, transforming our views of the cosmos and our place within. In Two Small Pieces of Glass students are introduced to the telescope and learn about the amazing discoveries made by Galileo and others through telescopic observations. Explore how telescopes work, discover how their use has helped shape our understanding of our place in space and see how the largest observatories in the world are using these instruments to continue expanding our understanding of the universe. 

 

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Wonders of the Universe

Grades 3-12
30 minutes

Peer deep into space through the eyes of the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and travel back in time to witness the birth of the universe. In this breathtaking excursion viewers witness the formation of a galaxy and explore some of the most wondrous nebulae ever discovered. As the adventure continues, students fly deep into our own Milky Way galaxy and return home to Earth on a spectacular tour of the Solar System.

 

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Zula Patrol: Under the Weather

Grades Pre-K-3
30 minutes

A research mission gone awry, an interplanetary villain and a tour of the solar system are all featured in this animated full-dome film based on the award-winning PBS television series. Students join the Zula Patrol as they gather samples of weather for scientist Multo's research. As the Zula Patrol attempt to stop Dark Truder’s nefarious plan to become ruler of the universe, students will explore and compare the types of weather found on each planet in our solar system and discover the elements which combine to create weather.

 

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