Planetarium

Gates Planetarium is a ticket to the universe as your students explore the latest wonders in space exploration during an immersive dome experience. The Planetarium has 118 seats.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

There's a place from which nothing escapes, not even light, where time and space literally come to end. It's at this point, inside this fantastic riddle, that black holes exert their sway over the cosmos … and our imaginations.

In this Museum-produced show, zip through other-worldly wormholes, experience the creation of the Milky Way Galaxy, and witness the violent death of a star and subsequent birth of a black hole. Mathematical equations, cutting-edge science, and Einstein's theories fill in holes along the way, providing the most complete picture yet on this mysterious phenomenon. Can you feel the pull?

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One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure

One World, One Sky is a brilliant spectacle of light and color that follows Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a new friend from China. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. This cross-cultural adventure opens children's eyes to the sky, helping them see how people all over the world are connected.

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Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure

Volcanoes tower 80,000 feet above a barren surface. Monstrous hurricanes rage for 400 years. And multicolored rings sit suspended in air.

In Cosmic Journey: A Solar System Adventure, you'll travel through our solar system faster than the speed of light, taking in the wonders of the planets and their moons.

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Destination Solar System

Explore space like never before in the live show Destination Solar System! 

This out-of-this-world tour, departing from Gates Planetarium, takes place on board the Space Express. Travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds with Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable—but inexperienced—tour guide, and Max, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer. Tours of the hottest hot spots and the coldest, stormiest, and most spectacular sights in the solar system await curious space explorers of all ages.

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Space Tours Live

Blast off from your planetarium seat and be transported into the solar system. Our live expert guides will help you choose your own space adventure. Become immersed in Saturn's rings, explore extreme weather on Jupiter, or see a rover's-eye view of Mars. Every show is unique! What will you discover on your space tour?

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Passport to the Universe

Passport to the Universe returns with stunning new visualizations of the latest scientific data from space. Take an incredible journey across billions of light years as you soar beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula, and out into the vastness of the known universe, as you discover your place on the cosmic atlas. Narrated by Tom Hanks.

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