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One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

Discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu.
 
Elmo and Big Bird live in the United States and Hu Hu Zhu lives far away in China, but they discovered that they still see the same stars at night! The word for star in Chinese is “xing xing” (pronounced sing sing). How many “xing xing” do you see in this sky?
 
One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color as the furry friends watch the stars twinkle over Sesame Street. Children attending the show can interact as they watch, drawing constellations and counting the time it takes the sun to set. The show aims to nurture a child's natural sense of wonder about the night sky while forging cross-cultural connections, and bridging kids across nations through a common bond in learning about the sky together.
 
Teacher's Guide: OneWorldOneSky_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children, ages 3-5


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The Little Star That Could

The Little Star That Could is a story about Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm.
 
Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special. He discovers that some stars are alone, but others are found in pairs or groups of three or more. Very large groups are called star clusters and are very far away. And the largest collections of stars are called galaxies like the one he lives in – the Milky Way.
 
Eventually, Little Star finds his planets, and each is introduced beginning with Mercury, the closest one to him. Each planet in turn provides basic information about themselves explaining why they each think they are special. Once he has met them all, the Little Star asks for a roll call and discovers that they all belong to his very own Solar System.
 
Teacher's Guide: little_star_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Families/Children ages 5-7


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The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Adventure through the solar system in the Cardboard Rocket! Travel with two children and their navigator, the talking astronomy book. Visit the Sun, the planets, the Moon and more!
 
Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination.  In the most dynamic fashion possible, the young star travelers show you what could only be dreamed of before.  From the boiling surface of the sun to the icy rings of Saturn, children of all ages will be mesmerized by the incredible scenery in motion. Discover the wonder of discovery in The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.
 
Teacher's Guide: cardboard_rocket_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Families/Children ages 5-8


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Molecularium

Welcome to Molecularium, a magical, musical adventure into the world of molecules! This show is an exciting new animation created to spark interest in the atoms and molecules that constitute our world.
 
Molecularium: Riding Snowflakes, the award-winning digital dome experience, is a science lesson, a thrill-ride, and a magical musical adventure in a world of atoms and molecules. Aboard the Molecularium ship, audiences join a cast of atomic characters on an immersive and unforgettable adventure into the nanoscale universe. Explore billions and trillions of atoms and molecules with Oxy, a precocious oxygen atom, and Hydro and Hydra, her wacky hydrogen pals. Ride from the atomic structure of a snowflake to the far reaches of space aboard the Molecularium, the most fantastic ship in the Universe.  Aligned with national science standards in primary school learning and educational assessment.
 
The Molecularium™ is a state-of-the-art computer generated animation for digital dome theaters that makes molecular science fun. The creators have integrated advanced scientific simulations into a groundbreaking immersive cartoon with kid-friendly characters to introduce young people to the world of atoms and molecules.
 
The project has brought together a team of researchers, artists, museum curators and educators, technology designers, musicians, performers, elementary school teachers, students, and professors to create a truly unique experience.

Teacher's Guide: molecularium_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children ages 5-8 and their families.


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Earth, Moon and Sun

Earth, Moon & Sun explores the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of a coyote!
 
This planetarium show explores the relationship between Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of Coyote, an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Coyote has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system and learn to distinguish between myths and science.  Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You'll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon ... and beyond!  Students in grades two through five will especially enjoy this look at the Earth-Moon-Sun system, though audiences of all ages can appreciate learning the science behind the myths.
 
Teacher's Guide: EarthMoonSun_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children ages 7-13 and their families.


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Secret Lives of Stars

Some stars are massive. Others are tiny, almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead and how long it might live. Audiences will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives.
 
Not all stars are created equal. Some are massive. Others are tiny; almost insignificant. The specific characteristics of a star will determine what type of life it will lead, how long it might live and even the type of death it will die.  We will witness the amazing variety of stars and peer into their secret lives. Narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. Winner of 4 Telly Awards.

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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The Secrets of Gravity – In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein

Join two friends on a magical journey through space and time. They not only uncover the secrets of gravity, but also learn about friendship and imagination.
 
Why do things fall to the ground without magic?  The twelve-year-old Luke is far more interested in the universe and its secrets than boring magic spells. He is fascinated by the stars, the universe and the laws of nature. One night he sneaks into the Albert Einstein Museum where he meets ALBYX3, a small, clever but rather quirky robot who knows all about Albert Einstein and his theories. ALBY takes Luke on a magical journey through space and time during which they not only uncover the secrets of gravity but also learn about friendship and imagination.  Two friends on a journey through space and time.
 
Teacher's Guide: SecretsofGravity_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Life: A Cosmic Story

Life: A Cosmic Story tells the 14-billion-year saga of how we came to be. It's a journey from the microscopic view inside a plant cell to the vastness of our universe populated by billions of galaxies swirling in space.
 
Begin your journey by shrinking down to enter a single redwood leaf, and discover that all life on Earth shares a common ancestry. Then travel through time to witness key events since the Big Bang—from the first stars to the formation of the solar system—that set the stage for life. Along the way, you will see two scenarios for the dawn of life on early Earth, and discover how our planet has changed since those microscopic beginnings. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jodie Foster.

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth explores the relationship between Earth and the Sun, life and the carbon cycle, Earth’s climate control system, and how human activities are changing our planet. Come learn how dynamic planet Earth really is!
 
Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. This exciting program 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. We explore the relationship between Earth and the Sun, life and the carbon cycle, Earth’s climate control system, and how human activities are changing our planet. Come learn how dynamic planet Earth really is!
 
Teacher's Guide: dynamic_earth_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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From Dream to Discovery

Journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto and experience the excitement of engineers who design, test, and launch today's hottest missions into space.
 
Journey from NASA’s test facilities all the way to Pluto and experience the excitement of today’s space missions.  Immerse yourself in the adventures and extremes of spacecraft engineering—from the design of missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and New Horizons, to the rigors of testing, launch, and space operations.  When humans dare to dream, we create truly amazing things.
 
Join NASA's engineers as they design, test, and launch today's hottest missions into space. Witness the enormity of the new James Webb Space Telescope, the intensity of Goddard Space Flight Center's testing facilities, and the excitement of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. From blueprint to blastoff, experience how unmanned space flight is pushing the frontiers of human exploration to the very edges of the universe!
 
Teacher's Guide: FromDreamtoDiscovery_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Supervolcanoes

The award-winning Supervolcanoes examines rare and occasionally catastrophic eruptions, both on Earth and elsewhere in the Solar System
 
Supervolcanoes is an immersive planetarium show that looks back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?  The program then moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
 
Teachers Guide: Supervolcanoes_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Solar Superstorms

Solar Superstorms explores the science of heliophysics, including Coronal Mass Ejections., auroras, solar flares, plasma, electric currents and the Carrington event. How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.
 
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.
 
Solar Superstorms takes viewers into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun's rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system: Coronal Mass Ejections.
 
The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois.
 
Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next ... Solar Superstorm.
 
Teacher's Guide: SolarSuperstorms_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Black Holes: The Other Side of infinity explains how black holes are identified, what causes their formation and whether it's possible to use them for traveling through space.
 
Seen by millions worldwide, Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity is one of the most successful fulldome shows ever produced. This cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations to bring the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
 
Teacher's Guide: black_hole_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Dark Universe

The universe is a curious place—more so than we ever imagined.
 
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know—and about the mysteries we have yet to solve—in Dark Universe, a Space Show from the Hayden Planetarium.
 
With astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide, go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.
 
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it—and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
 
Teacher's Guide: dark_universe_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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New Horizons

From breathtaking landscapes, to violent volcanic eruptions, to Saturn's icy rings, New Horizons transports you on a majestic journey through the planets and moons of our celestial neighborhood. Our journey begins as we follow a comet through interplanetary space. On each of our exotic ports of call, real data and images from modern space probes are transformed into stunning wrap-around visualizations.

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Edge of Darkness

The Edge of Darkness features amazing scenes of places never before seen. Images and information were gathered by key space missions that culminated with groundbreaking discoveries in 2015. The show features a spectacular flight though the great cliffs on Comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating bright “lights” on Ceres, and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons. 

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Journey to the Stars

Journey to the Stars launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars.  Features extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations.  Those who come along for the journey may never see the night sky in the same way again.
 
Journey to the Stars is an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by the American Museum of Natural History’s astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts with the cooperation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and more than 40 leading scientists from the United States and abroad.
 
Teacher's Guide: journey_to_the_stars_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults


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Natural Selection

The thrill of a scientific discovery, the adventure of science and the beauty of nature are central in this show.  Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the World with the HMS Beagle. 

In Victorian times many physical phenomena were already discovered and described by natural laws, but life's most eloquent mechanism was still unknown: How could new species arise to replace those lost in extinction?  It was time for someone to stand up and come forth with a Naturalist explanation of this mystery of mysteries. Witness the thrill of scientific discovery by seeing the World through Darwin's eyes, make observations of the most beautiful natural scenery and let the pieces of the scientific puzzle slowly but surely fall into place. Allow Darwin himself to reveal this simple and most beautiful mechanism that explains the Evolution of all Life on Earth: Natural Selection, the single most wonderful idea anyone has ever had.
 
Teacher's Guide: naturalselection_edguide.pdf

Intended Audience: Families, Adults


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Phantom of the Universe

Phantom of the Universe showcases an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider.
 
The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.  From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.
 
Teacher's Guide:  PhantomoftheUniverse.pdf

Intended Audience: Children/Families, Adults