The Planetarium at the LASC

Observe the beauty and science of the night sky in our planetarium. Inside the digital planetarium, a projector displays the night sky as it looks from anywhere on the Earth and any time of the night or year. Can come to us? We can come to you with our inflatable planetarium.

Design your own Planetarium show to best fit your needs. Choose from a variety of dynamic shows:

Earth, Moon & Sun

Coyote has a razor sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he sees in the sky.
Join this amusing character (adapted from American Indian oral traditions) in a fast-paced and fun fulldome show that explores lunar phases, eclipses and other puzzles. His confusion about the universe makes viewers think about how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system. Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.
Engaging and immersive, Earth, Moon & Sun™ also examines how humans learn through space exploration.
Runtime: 26 min
Suitable for: ages 5-16+
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

One World, One Sky: Big Birds Adventure

Join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from “Zhima Jie,” the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. The friends learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun, and the Moon. They also journey to Zhima Jie to learn about the similarities in our view of the 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.
Runtime: 27 min
Suitable for: ages 2-6
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Back to the Moon for Good

Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon’s resources and discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes. We highlight the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge.
Runtime: 25 min
Suitable for: ages 10-adult
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Ice Worlds

Ice Worlds is a thrilling tour through space and time showcasing some of the most beautiful and chilly regions of the Solar System, including our home planet Earth. Audiences will explore the critical relationships between ice and life – “a tale of friend and foe, enabling, challenging, supporting, and adapting” – that has developed over millions of years.
Runtime: 28 min
Suitable for: ages 10-adult
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Dinosaur Prophecy

Explore how dinosaurs lived and died as you embark on an exciting voyage back in time. Everyone knows the tale of the sudden and dramatic death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But did you know that numerous species of dinosaurs lived, and disappeared, long before the cataclysmic disaster at the end of the Cretaceous period? Journey with us to four different dinosaur digs around the world as we explore how these amazing creatures died… and lived.
Viewers will discover the lives of multiple species of dinosaurs, from the Coelophysis of 205 million years ago to the Allosaurus and Diplodocus of the mid-Jurassic period. Viewers will also see the feathered Sinornithosaurus of China and the T. rex and Triceratops that survived and thrived until the final extinction of all dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Runtime: 22 min
Suitable for: ages 7-13
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Seasonal Stargazing

Each of the four Seasonal Stargazing shows (spring, summer, autumn, winter) highlights the most prominent and easy-to-find stars and constellations of the season. Audience members see and hear star names and constellations, and learn to star-hop for popular deep-sky objects.
Runtime: 6 min (mini show) or 15 min (full show)
Suitable for: ages 7-adult
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Losing the Dark (mini show – 6 min)

Starry skies are a vanishing treasure because light pollution is washing away our view of the cosmos. It not only threatens astronomy, it disrupts wildlife, and affects human health. The yellow glows over cities and towns — seen so clearly from space — are testament to the billions spent in wasted energy from lighting up the sky.
Losing the Dark is a “public service announcement” planetarium show, a collaboration of Loch Ness Productions and the International Dark-Sky Association. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.
Runtime: 6 min
Suitable for: ages 10-adult
Flat Screen Version: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope

“Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope” show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party. Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.
Runtime: 22 min
Suitable for: ages 8-15+
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System. Gain an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System follows the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Get an in-depth look at the mission and how IBEX is collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary. Narrated by two inquisitive teenagers, audiences will hear from the scientists and engineers that developed the IBEX mission and created the spacecraft, and get the latest updates on the mission’s discoveries.
Runtime: 27 min
Suitable for: ages 10-adult
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

The Search for Life in the Universe

In recent years with the launch of the Kepler Space Telescope and improvement in planet detection techniques there has been an explosion in the number of planets discovered outside our solar system. For the first time ever we are able to explore questions such as “are there any habitable planets out there?”, and “where should we look for life?”. This planetarium show will explain where the best chances currently lie for finding life elsewhere in the universe and highlight some of the noteworthy exoplanets discovered to date.
Runtime: 22 min
Suitable for: ages 10-adult
Trailer: Click here to see a trailer for this show

Planetarium Outreach

Let us bring the Discovery Dome Planetarium to you!

Not only does it save you money and time, but it also makes the Discovery Dome Planetarium available to your whole school in one day!  All you need is an indoor area at least 21 x 21 x 11 feet. A cafeteria, gym, stage, or library could be used. We will provide an instructor and all other necessary materials. Planetarium programs are typically 45 minutes in length for groups of 30 students or less.
A 15 minute transition time is required between presentations.

Discovery Dome Planetarium Fees:
In Fayette Co. – $100.00 set-up fee; $100.00 fee per 45 minute program; $0.46 per mile round trip.

Outside of Fayette Co. – $125 set-up fee; $125 per 45 minute program; $0.46 per mile round trip.

To schedule a Discovery field trip or a Discovery Dome Planetarium outreach program, call Katherine Bullock, Discovery Education Director at (859) 252-5222. E-Mail Katherine at kbullock@lasclex.org

Want to learn more about the night sky?

The Living Arts & Science Center has put together an educators guide to our planetarium for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in the night sky and outer space. Download it now and get started on your discovery.

www.iiethai.org/web/profile_del.php