Ice Worlds

Show Details


  • 7:30-8:30 PM (doors open at 7 PM)
  • Tickets on sale starting March 17! (BC Ticket Office or Vallitix)
  • Cost at BC Ticket Office: $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors

The William M Thomas Planetarium will be showing "Ice Worlds" on Thursday evening, April 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show starts for seating and will be closed during the one-hour program with no late admittance. Tickets are available for $8/adults and $6/seniors+children 5-12 years old from Vallitix Online only (tickets will NOT be sold at the door). The William M Thomas Planetarium is on the second floor, northwest end of the Math-Science Building, Room 112. The map below shows you where the ticket office and the planetarium are. No food, drink, or gum/candy is allowed in the planetarium. Children must be 5 years or older. 

The show will begin with a tour of the evening sky using the planetarium's Goto Chronos star projector. After that we will be treated to the full-dome show "Ice Worlds" from Evans and Sutherland. This full-dome 24-minute show uses our Spitz SciDome to travel to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet to examine the ecosystems that live and thrive there and see how their survival is connected with our own. Beyond Earth, we'll see how the existence of ice shapes the landscapes and the natural systems on other planets and moons in our solar system, including Mars, Titan, and Enceladus. 

In this spectacular new fulldome show, with a strong emphasis on photo realistic scenes we discover the science behind the headlines. How do we know what's happening in the high Arctic or deep beneath the ice of Antarctica? How does science discover conditions in the past, and what does that information tell us about our own future on Planet Earth? You will witness the birth of an iceberg in the Arctic, be under the grinding ice of a massive glacier, observe whales in the Antarctic peninsula and discover how changes in these environments affect us all. You will also fly over the polar ice caps of Mars and land on frigid Titan, a place so cold that water is as hard as rock and methane flows like water. Ice Worlds is narrated by Emily Watson, star of War Horse and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. Link to a trailer (53.5 MB Quicktime movie). Higher resolution trailer + stills from the show are available on the Ice Worlds website

Ice Worlds was produced with support from the National Science Foundation in celebration of the International Polar Year in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. 

Further Information and Continual Updates About Ice on Earth

Map to Ticket Office and Planetarium

Also see the Online Campus Map for more information on the location of the planetarium, and our Parking Information page.

Webpage contact: Nick Strobel