Bakersfield College

William M Thomas Planetarium at Bakersfield College

Show Overview

Shows are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only at 10:00 & 11:30 during the college’s fall and spring semesters. Maximum of 72 people per show.

Please refer to California Content Standards for Earth Science and Physical Science for more information on the standards discussed in the shows.

You may select from the following grade levels to view a list of shows appropriate for those students:

Grades 1-3

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky.

Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” A 40-minute all-dome video from Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, you will embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system in their cardboard rocket alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book.

This show was produced with state-of-the-art 3D animation and 5.1 soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

  • Grade 3: Earth Science- 4a, 4d, 4e
  • Grade 4: Earth Science- 5a, 5b, 5c
  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4e

Grades 3 and older

Oasis in Space

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars. After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “Oasis In Space.”

A 24-minute all-dome video from Spitz Creative Media (link will appear in a new window), this show takes you on a journey through the solar system to experience the beautiful planets and satellites up close as you search for places with liquid water. You start by seeing how the solar system formed from a gas cloud in our galaxy and then experiencing the early Earth before the oceans formed. In the present day you will explore Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible.

Then you fly by the other planets and moons one by one in the search for liquid water. Each investigation of a planet is accompanied by a full descriptions of its characteristics, such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition.

Spectacular pictures invite students to draw their own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system: is there water out there? Is there life beyond Earth?

Teacher’s Guide to Oasis in Space (from Spitz---a 5.7 MB (!) PDF download)

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

Those of Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket, PLUS

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4a, 4b
  • Grade 9: Earth Science- 1a, 1c, 2

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky.

Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” A 40-minute all-dome video from Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, you will embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system in their cardboard rocket alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book.

This show was produced with state-of-the-art 3D animation and 5.1 soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

  • Grade 3: Earth Science- 4a, 4d, 4e
  • Grade 4: Earth Science- 5a, 5b, 5c
  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4e

Solar System Tour: Earth Comparisons + Distances
(“How Big? How Far?”)

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will go on an immersive tour of the Sun and planets (even dwarf planet, Pluto). This 29-minute “home-grown” show is a greatly improved version of the original planetarium’s classic “Solar System” show using the 3D models of Starry Night Dome.

Unlike other solar system shows, you will see how the Sun and planets compare to the Earth and also learn about the vast distances between the planets. Near the end of the show, you will take a trip to the next star system to see what the sky would like from there and finally take a trip up out of the Milky Way to see how the solar system compares with a typical galaxy.

 

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

Those of Secret of the Cardboard Rocket PLUS

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4c;
  • Grades 9-12: Earth Science- 1a, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a.

Telescope: Two Small Pieces of Glass

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening's sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will go on a history of the telescope to the future of astronomy and learn about the properties of light along the way. Produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, "Two Small Pieces of Glass" traces 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. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers through out the last 400 years. Link to more about Two Small Pieces of Glass on the 400 Years of the Telescope website.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • History of the development of the telescope and its use
  • Types of telescopes
  • Powers of telescope
  • Analysis of light, spectra, spectroscopy
  • Doppler effect
  • Discoveries made with telescopes including Milky Way structure, other galaxies, Hubble expansion
  • Atmosphere's effect on light from space
  • Future designs for telescopes

Standards

  • Grade 3:Earth Sciences- 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e; Physical Sciences- 1a, 2, 2b, 2c, 2d
  • Grade 5: Earth Sciences- 5a, b, c
  • Grade 6: Earth Sciences- 3a, 3d; 4b
  • Grade 7: Physical Sciences- 6a, 6b, 6d, 6e, 6f
  • Grade 8: Earth Sciences- 4a, 4b, 4
  • Grade 9-12:

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Designed for audiences with 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).

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.

Grades 5 and older

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky.

Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” A 40-minute all-dome video from Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, you will embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system in their cardboard rocket alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book.

This show was produced with state-of-the-art 3D animation and 5.1 soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

  • Grade 3: Earth Science- 4a, 4d, 4e
  • Grade 4: Earth Science- 5a, 5b, 5c
  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4e

Oasis in Space

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars. After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “Oasis In Space.”

A 24-minute all-dome video from Spitz Creative Media (link will appear in a new window), this show takes you on a journey through the solar system to experience the beautiful planets and satellites up close as you search for places with liquid water. You start by seeing how the solar system formed from a gas cloud in our galaxy and then experiencing the early Earth before the oceans formed. In the present day you will explore Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible.

Then you fly by the other planets and moons one by one in the search for liquid water. Each investigation of a planet is accompanied by a full descriptions of its characteristics, such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition.

Spectacular pictures invite students to draw their own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system: is there water out there? Is there life beyond Earth?

Teacher’s Guide to Oasis in Space (from Spitz---a 5.7 MB (!) PDF download)

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

Those of Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket, PLUS

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4a, 4b
  • Grade 9: Earth Science- 1a, 1c, 2

Solar System Tour: Earth Comparisons + Distances
(“How Big? How Far?”)

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will go on an immersive tour of the Sun and planets (even dwarf planet, Pluto). This 29-minute “home-grown” show is a greatly improved version of the original planetarium’s classic “Solar System” show using the 3D models of Starry Night Dome.

Unlike other solar system shows, you will see how the Sun and planets compare to the Earth and also learn about the vast distances between the planets. Near the end of the show, you will take a trip to the next star system to see what the sky would like from there and finally take a trip up out of the Milky Way to see how the solar system compares with a typical galaxy.

 

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

Those of Secret of the Cardboard Rocket PLUS

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4c;
  • Grades 9-12: Earth Science- 1a, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a.

Telescope: Two Small Pieces of Glass

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will go on a history of the telescope to the future of astronomy and learn about the properties of light along the way. Produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, "Two Small Pieces of Glass" traces 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. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers through out the last 400 years. Link to more about Two Small Pieces of Glass on the 400 Years of the Telescope website.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • History of the development of the telescope and its use
  • Types of telescopes
  • Powers of telescope
  • Analysis of light, spectra, spectroscopy
  • Doppler effect
  • Discoveries made with telescopes including Milky Way structure, other galaxies, Hubble expansion
  • Atmosphere's effect on light from space
  • Future designs for telescopes

Standards

  • Grade 3:Earth Sciences- 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e; Physical Sciences- 1a, 2, 2b, 2c, 2d
  • Grade 5: Earth Sciences- 5a, b, c
  • Grade 6: Earth Sciences- 3a, 3d; 4b
  • Grade 7: Physical Sciences- 6a, 6b, 6d, 6e, 6f
  • Grade 8: Earth Sciences- 4a, 4b, 4
  • Grade 9-12:

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Designed for audiences with 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).

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.

Dawn of the Space Age

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. After the evening sky tour, you will go on an immersive of the first 50 years of space exploration called "Dawn of the Space Age".

This 40-minute historically-accurate show lets you experience all of the "firsts" in mankind’s exploration of space from the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the first privately-funded craft "SpaceShip One" by being there with the spacecraft and astronauts themselves. Be immersed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of humanity’s first steps into space.

Ice Worlds

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will 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.

A majority of the show is about the polar regions on Earth, so this show would be especially good for earth science units.

Grades 7 and older

The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky.

Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” A 40-minute all-dome video from Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, you will embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring the solar system in their cardboard rocket alongside their ship’s navigator, an astronomy book.

This show was produced with state-of-the-art 3D animation and 5.1 soundtrack with spectacular effects created at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

  • Grade 3: Earth Science- 4a, 4d, 4e
  • Grade 4: Earth Science- 5a, 5b, 5c
  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4e

Oasis in Space

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars. After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called “Oasis In Space.”

A 24-minute all-dome video from Spitz Creative Media (link will appear in a new window), this show takes you on a journey through the solar system to experience the beautiful planets and satellites up close as you search for places with liquid water. You start by seeing how the solar system formed from a gas cloud in our galaxy and then experiencing the early Earth before the oceans formed. In the present day you will explore Earth, with its vast oceans that make life possible.

Then you fly by the other planets and moons one by one in the search for liquid water. Each investigation of a planet is accompanied by a full descriptions of its characteristics, such as atmosphere, temperature, and composition.

Spectacular pictures invite students to draw their own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system: is there water out there? Is there life beyond Earth?

Teacher’s Guide to Oasis in Space (from Spitz---a 5.7 MB (!) PDF download)

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

Those of Secrets of the Cardboard Rocket, PLUS

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4a, 4b
  • Grade 9: Earth Science- 1a, 1c, 2

Solar System Tour: Earth Comparisons + Distances
(“How Big? How Far?”)

PDF of vocabulary list.

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will go on an immersive tour of the Sun and planets (even dwarf planet, Pluto). This 29-minute “home-grown” show is a greatly improved version of the original planetarium’s classic “Solar System” show using the 3D models of Starry Night Dome.

Unlike other solar system shows, you will see how the Sun and planets compare to the Earth and also learn about the vast distances between the planets. Near the end of the show, you will take a trip to the next star system to see what the sky would like from there and finally take a trip up out of the Milky Way to see how the solar system compares with a typical galaxy.

 

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Sun facts
  • Sun and planet size comparison (scale model of the solar system)
  • A brief description of each of the planets and some of their major features

Standards

Those of Secret of the Cardboard Rocket PLUS

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 4c;
  • Grades 9-12: Earth Science- 1a, 1c, 1d, 1e, 2a.

Telescope: Two Small Pieces of Glass

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will go on a history of the telescope to the future of astronomy and learn about the properties of light along the way. Produced to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, "Two Small Pieces of Glass" traces 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. It explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers through out the last 400 years. Link to more about Two Small Pieces of Glass on the 400 Years of the Telescope website.

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • History of the development of the telescope and its use
  • Types of telescopes
  • Powers of telescope
  • Analysis of light, spectra, spectroscopy
  • Doppler effect
  • Discoveries made with telescopes including Milky Way structure, other galaxies, Hubble expansion
  • Atmosphere’s effect on light from space
  • Future designs for telescopes

Standards

  • Grade 3:Earth Sciences- 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e; Physical Sciences- 1a, 2, 2b, 2c, 2d
  • Grade 5: Earth Sciences- 5a, b, c
  • Grade 6: Earth Sciences- 3a, 3d; 4b
  • Grade 7: Physical Sciences- 6a, 6b, 6d, 6e, 6f
  • Grade 8: Earth Sciences- 4a, 4b, 4
  • Grade 9-12:

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy. Designed for audiences with 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).

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.

Dawn of the Space Age

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. After the evening sky tour, you will go on an immersive of the first 50 years of space exploration called "Dawn of the Space Age".

This 40-minute historically-accurate show lets you experience all of the "firsts" in mankind’s exploration of space from the launch of Sputnik in 1957 to the first privately-funded craft "SpaceShip One" by being there with the spacecraft and astronauts themselves. Be immersed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of humanity’s first steps into space.

Ice Worlds

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will 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.

A majority of the show is about the polar regions on Earth, so this show would be especially good for earth science units.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

PDF of Vocabulary List

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars. After the evening sky tour, you will experience the all-dome video called "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity".

A 23-minute all-dome video from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, this show brings the current science of black holes to the dome screen. Supported by grants from NASA’s high-energy GLAST telescope project and the National Science Foundation, this cutting-edge fulldome projection features high-resolution, animated visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with real data generated by computer simulations. [A visualization (as opposed to a Hollywood-type movie) uses only real data and computer simulations of real processes, not some artist’s imagination.]

Audiences will be dazzled with striking, immersive animations of the formation of the early universe, star birth and death, the collision of giant galaxies, and a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Teacher’s Guide to Black Holes (from Denver MNS---a 152 kB PDF download) and NASA description (link will appear in a new window).

Key Concepts

  • Constellations, myths and why constellations appear to move through the sky
  • Formation of Black Holes
  • Life and death of stars
  • Milky Way Galaxy
  • Galaxies
  • Gravity as warping of space

Standards

  • Grade 8: Physical Science- 2g, 4a, 4b, 4e
  • Grades 9-12: Earth Science- 1e, 2a, 2b, 2d

Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth’s Climate Engine

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system by the producers of "Black Holes".

"Dynamic Earth" integrates the physical and biological sciences in exploring the impact of solar and terrestrial energy sources on the climate. Examinations of the Earth-Sun system, plate tectonics, and the carbon cycle are presented as foundational background to the primary focus of the program: the intricate connection between Earth’s energy trails and the environmental systems that shape its climate. An excellent show for earth science students.

Stunning satellite data visualizations, supercomputing simulations, and photorealistic animations are combined to allow the student unprecedented insights into the inner workings of Earth’s dynamic climate system. Students will find the science captivating, the images enthralling and the narrative, by actor Liam Neeson, compelling. Educator’s Guide for Dynamic Earth and Dynamic Earth website.

Supervolcanoes

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will explore the most energetic volcanic eruptions possible on the Earth: supervolcanoes!

The Supervolcanoes show looks back at the (fortunately) rare class of eruptions that release many thousands of times more energy, lava, and ash than Mt St Helens did in 1980 or Mt Pinitubo did in 1991. These supervolcano eruptions affect the entire planet for decades to millennia. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Audiences will fly down to Neptune's frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter's moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot, Yellowstone National Park, the film asks: can a supervolcano erupt in our time?

Earthquake

You will first go on a live tour of the evening sky with our Planetarium Director, Nick Strobel, pointing out the constellations and planets you will see in this evening’s sky. Then you will experience a truly dark night sky and understand how light pollution affects our view of the stars.

After the evening sky tour, you will explore what causes earthquakes using scientific visualizations of the processes happening in the Earth's interior.

"Earthquake" begins with an all digital, recreation of the 7.9-magnitude San Francisco earthquake in 1906, followed by a scientific dissection of the event—including views of the underground fault plane and the propagation of seismic energy waves based on supercomputer simulations. We then embark on a high-speed tour of the past 200 million years, witnessing the formation of the Atlantic Ocean, flying over the cradle of humanity in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, and visiting sites of historic earthquakes in India, China, and Japan—including the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.  The show ends with a look at the modern building strategies used by scientists and engineers for a safer and better prepared future.

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