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Imagine navigating through the brain as part of a virtual voyage through the human body, living through an ice age after a mass extinction event, navigating the deep ocean, or experiencing a rocket launch as you travel to space as an astronaut! The Science Factory Exploration Dome delivers truly immersive virtual adventures that engage all the senses, making it a highly rewarding and powerful educational experience.

Weekend Scheduler

February 1 - April 27:
(all shows are prerecorded unless otherwise noted)

10:30 am
Seasonal Stargazing & Losing the Dark*

11 am
Back to the Moon - For Good**

12 pm
Seasonal Stargazing & Losing the Dark*

1 pm
See Saturday & Sunday schedules below for 1 pm Dome shows through April

2 pm
Back to the Moon - For Good**

3 pm
Seasonal Stargazing & Losing the Dark*


* Seasonal Stargazing show admission: free for members and children under $3. Non-members: $4.

** Science Factory live shows and full-dome movies are $2 for members, $4 for non-members.

All Exploration Dome shows start on time, so please allow for an early arrival to ensure that you are allowed into the presentation. Doors cannot be opened to allow for late arrivals, due to safety and darkness concerns.

Saturdays @ 1 pm Show Title
April 19 Where to Next? (Live)
April 26 Back to the Moon - For Good
Sundays @ 1 pm Show Title
April 20 Back to the Moon - For Good
April 27 Dark Matter (Live)

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Seasonal Stargazing
Playing Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30 am, 12 noon, 3 pm.

This 20-minute show gives audiences an introduction to the season's night sky, including stars, constellations and related stories. By the end, you'll be able to identify all the major sky players and tell stories about them! Most suitable for children ages 7 and up. Note: Seasonal Stargazing show changes after each seasonal solstice.

Losing the Dark

Light pollution is an ever-increasing challenge that not only diminishes our view of the night sky but also damages the environment and wildlife and even our own health. This program examines the issue and how we can all be part of the solution. Suitable for all ages.

Cosmic Castaways

What happens when galaxies collide? What becomes of the stars within those galaxies? We explore these questions and ponder the fate of our own Sun and solar system when the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy collide in the distant future. Most suitable for ages 8 and older.

Back to the Moon - For Good

Back to the Moon - For Good tells the fascinating story of 22 international teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon by 2015 to win the Google Lunar X Prize. This exciting show explores basic lunar science, including the history of lunar exploration and speculation about our future on the Moon. Most suitable for ages 8 and older.

Stars and Constellations
Playing Sundays: January 19, February 16, March 16 and April 27 at 1 pm.

Presented live by Rick Nelson, Planetarium Volunteer.

Dark matter makes up 85% of the matter in the universe; but we can't see it. We can only infer its presence by its gravitational effect. Come see what we do know about it, and why it is important. There will be a 20 minute presentation, and 15-20 minutes of discussion. Most suitable for ages 8 and up.

Where to Next?
Playing Saturdays: February 1, March 1 & 22, April 5 & 19 at 1 pm.

Presented live by Mike Petersen, Planetarium Volunteer..

We will visit humanity's first two destinations in space, low-Earth orbit and the Moon, then extend our vision into the future, imagining our next steps onto Mars, asteroids, and beyond. We consider the possibility of life on other planets, as well as the speed of light and the incredible distances involved in interstellar travel. Where to next for humanity? And how can we get there? Suitable for all ages.

For a full list of shows available for school group visits, click here.

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