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Discovery Dome Planetarium

 KIDSPACE DISCOVERY DOME PLANETARIUM

The Kidspace Discovery Dome Planetarium is a fully enclosed inflatable domed theatre that projects images and video as participants sit on the floor and watch just above their heads. Children and adults will experience the excitement and wonder of being inside a completely new space as they enjoy engaging short films and breathtaking narrated images of the night sky, constellations, planets, stars and many more.  

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COST

The fee starts at $375 for the first 90 minutes.  Each additional 30 minutes is $100. We can travel anywhere.  If your school is 20 to 100 miles beyond Kidspace there is an additional $25 surcharge.  If your school is 100 to 150 miles beyond Kidspace the surcharge is $50.  We can travel beyond 150 miles, but a per diem will be charged on top of the surcharge.

ROOM/SPACE REQUIREMENTS

The dome accommodates up to 40 elementary school children. The room should clear at least 12 feet in height, and will require an open space of at least 20 feet. The dome can also be set up outdoors as long as there is no rain (even a little) and no strong winds.  Access to an electrical outlet is needed.

PROGRAMS

We can customize our visit to your school using a combination of short films and guided astronomy and night sky tours.  Below you will find a list of the short films available.  You can choose to do only the short films or only the tours. 

TO BOOK A VISIT

Please call or email to book your visit.  This is a very popular program, so some months sell out very fast.  Currently the earliest availability is the second week of December 2016.  Call: (626) 449-9144 ext. 5218 or email mcalderon@kidspacemuseum.org

 

 

The following is a a list of films available in the dome. Click on the pictures for a short preview (not all have a preview). The last item on this list is information on our staff-guided night sky tour.

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AUDIENCE DURATION

BACK TO MOON FOR GOOD

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This stunning film, narrated by actor Tim Allan, begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some of the teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The audience is taken on a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface. The show ends with an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon.

ALL AGES 25 MINUTES

FLIGHT ADVENTURES

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Discover the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes and models fly. Learn about the history and future plans of flight and how NASA is discovering new and safer ways to travel with the help of future engineers and aviators - like YOU!

 

ALL AGES 25 MINUTES

FROM EARTH TO THE UNIVERSE

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This inspiring voyage through space and time conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science. Viewers can revel in the splendor of the worlds in the Solar System and our scorching Sun. The film takes the audience out to the colorful birthplaces and burial grounds of stars, and still further out beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad galaxies. Along the way, the audience will learn about the history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today’s giant telescopes that allow us to probe ever deeper into the Universe.

HIGH SCHOOL & ADULTS 30 MINUTES

LOSING THE DARK

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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. This film introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it. The show gives planetarium professionals a tool to help educate the public about the problems of light pollution.

ALL AGES 7 MINUTES

NASA: JOURNEY TO MARS

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This full-lengh film focuses on how NASA began our exploration of Mars more than four decades ago when our robotic explorers were the first to study the Red Planet. Today, our orbiters and rovers have changed the way we look at Mars and continue to make important scientific discoveries that will one day pave the way for our astronauts. Aboard NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket, astronauts will explore an asteroid in the next decade and return to Earth with samples. This experience will help us test new systems and capabilities needed to get to Mars. And right now, NASA is using the International Space Station to conduct cutting-edge research and technology development to help prepare our astronauts to take the next giant leap in exploration.

ALL AGES 2 HOURS, 30 MINUTES

NEW HORIZONS FOR A SMALL PLANET

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This short film is a lighthearted introduction to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Launched in 2006, the New Horizons spacecraft is scheduled to fly by Pluto and its moons in July of 2015. After it encounters Pluto, New Horizons will continue on through the Kuiper Belt and the mission will likely be extended. A smaller, more primitive Kuiper Belt Object will then be targeted for a rendezvous in 2018 or 2019. 

ALL AGES 6 MINUTES

SATURN: THE RING WORLD

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This spectacular film is narrated by Star Trek's John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox on ENTERPRISE).  After nearly seven years in transit, the two-story Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began orbiting Saturn on July 1, 2004. Cassini continues to explore Saturn and its moons during its extended mission, while the Huygens probe had landed on the surface of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. The Cassini Saturn encounter began with a flyby of Saturn's farthest moon, Phoebe. See Saturn up-close and all-around-you inside our dome theater. ALSO AVAILALE IN SPANISH AND KOREAN.

GRADES 2ND-8TH 22 MINUTES

SEARCH FOR THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

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Join scientists who are investigating the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy in this clever film. Designed for visitors with an appreciation for the challenges of space science and a desire to learn more about science research, the film follows the creation of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX). Audiences will 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.

GRADES 3RD-10TH 28 MINUTES

TWO SMALL PIECES OF GLASS

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Beautifully photographed in 4K digital cinematography, the film is a visually stunning chronicle of the history of the telescope from the time of Galileo, its profound impact upon the science of astronomy, and how both shape the way we view ourselves in the midst of an infinite universe. The film features interviews with leading astrophysicists and cosmologists from the world's renowned universities and observatories, who explain concepts ranging from Galileo's act of revealing the cosmos with a simple telescope, to the latest discoveries in space, including startling new ideas about life on other planets and dark energy - a mysterious vacuum energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.

GRADES 5TH-12TH 23 MINUTES

TOUR OF THE NIGHT SKY

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Using Stellarium software, our guides takes audiences on a journey to the stars, constellations and celestial highlights of our seasonal night sky. No matter what the weather is outside, the stars always shine in our dome. This program includes a live presentation guide through the current night sky, tailored to meet appropriate audience level.

Feature Highlights:

  • Over 600,000 stars from the Hipparcos Catalogue
  • Planets and major satellites in real time - the visible side
  • Real-time tilt of Saturn's rings
  • 88 constellations with their names and mythological arts
  • Images of more than 70 nebulas (full Messier catalog - Orion, M31 etc.)
  • Photo-realistic Milky Way; Star twinkling; Shooting Stars
  • Realistic eclipses, transit of Venus
  • Zoom-in feature to see planets and nebulas up close
ALL AGES 15, 30, 45 AND 90 MINUTE TOURS AVAILABLE