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Private Field Trips

Show Book

  • Astronaut
    The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut, explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, and discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject Chad, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Astronomy 101
    Astronomy 101 is a special lecture by one of our Astronomers featuring a special topic. The Astronomer will present latest imagery and data about the topic using state-of-the-art planetarium software. The session is entirely live and includes Q&A.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Back To The Moon For Good
    Immerse yourself in a race to return to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration. Learn about the Moon's resources and discover what humanity's future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back To The Moon For Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Bad Astronomy
    Based on the popular book and Web site of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the 'Bad Astronomer' Phil Plait, as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. Bad Astronomy will interest both new and experienced astronomers of all ages as it examines bad science wherever it can be found.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Black Holes
    Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of the black hole. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one? Discover the answers in the Clark Planetarium's most popular original fulldome production 'Black Holes'.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Cosmic Colors
    Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color. Discover why plants are green, the sky is blue. Take a trip in the universe to discover how scientists use the entire electromagnetic spectrum to view the universe.

    • Intended Audience: Ages 9-12
  • Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
    Aimed at audiences 12+, the show covers the Hubble C.O.S. instrument, the nature of light, spectroscopy, the use of quasars as background light sources, material identification by spectrum, and the cycling of material within and surrounding galaxies. Produced by Fiske Planetarium, assisted by the professional astronomers in our academic department during production to ensure accuracy.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Dark
    The search for Dark Matter is the most pressing astrophysical problem of our time, the solution to which will help us understand why the Universe is as it is, where it came from, and how it has evolved over billions of years through the unimaginable depths of deep time, of which a human life is but a flickering instant. But in that instant, we can grasp its immensity and, through science, we can attempt to understand it.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Dynamic Earth
    Explore the inner workings of Earth's climate engine with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. This cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Europe to the Stars
    Discover the European Southern Observatory in a story of cosmic curiosity, courage and perseverance; a story of observing a Universe of deep mysteries and hidden secrets; and a story of designing, building and operating the most powerful ground-based telescopes on the planet. The movie focuses on the essential aspects of an astronomical observatory, while offering a broader view of how astronomy is done. From site-testing to locate the best places in the world for observing the sky, to how telescopes are built and what mysteries of the Universe astronomers are revealing.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Experience the Aurora
    Over seven months in the Arctic Circle, crews captured timelapse images of the Aurora Borealis with high resolution digital SLR cameras outfitted with fisheye lenses. The results are spectacular! For the first time the aurora has been captured as it was meant to be experienced, as a display that covers the entire sky. This immersive show shares the science behind the aurora and tells the story of our quest to find and photograph the aurora for wraparound display in fulldome theaters.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Extended Star Talk
    This will extend your "Texas Stargazing" experience. It will cover more subject matter and any specific topics that you would like covered during your private show, also ensuring that you will have plenty of time for Q&A. This is used for additional shows.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • From the Earth to the Universe
    The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity's oldest shared intellectual experience. Yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today's grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience From Earth to the Universe. Directed by the young Greek filmmaker Theofanis N. Matsopoulos, and featuring a sweeping soundtrack from Norwegian composer Johan B. Monell, viewers can revel in the splendour of the various worlds in the Solar System and the ferocity of the scorching Sun. From Earth to the Universe then leaves our home to take the audience out to the colourful 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 continue to probe ever deeper into the Universe. Director Theofanis N. Matsopoulos described the film as a colourful and inspiring journey; the visuals are stunning and really speak for themselves in showing just how far humanity's ambition has taken us in terms of observing and understanding the Universe.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Ice Worlds
    The delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life has been a topic of exploration and discovery in science for generations. In travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions of our planet, we'll 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 landscape and the natural systems on the other planets and moons in our solar system. Narrated by Emily Watson, star of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Live Star Stream
    For our live star talks we will take the online audience through not only the night sky and the solar system, but to the depths of the galaxy and beyond! Join us with your questions and live interactions with an astronomer.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Magnificent Sun
    From our earliest days, mankind has wondered about the Sun. Was it a god or a demon? Eventually, religious mysticism gave way to scientific curiosity, but even today many unanswered questions about the Sun remain. Join us as we explore our Magnificent Sun.

    • Intended Audience: Adults
  • Mayan Archeoastronomy
    Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe is unique among planetarium shows, intertwining science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through how the Mayans have viewed and understood the Universe throughout their history. The visuals are stunning, giving the viewer the impression of being inside a beautifully stylistic painting. This artistic interpretation of the Universe makes for a journey that will not be forgotten.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Mayan Prophecies
    Mayan astronomers guide you through Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal and Palenque, showing the elegance and power of these great Mayan cities and the astronomy they used to predict the future events for 2012. This show has strong cultural connections as well as earth science, astronomy, and math. Best for grades 5 - 12. Parental Warning: This video contains the depiction of a ritual sacrifice as practiced by the Maya.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • NanoCam: A Trip Into Biodiversity
    Nanocam explores the kingdoms of bacteria, protists and their stunning mechanism of motility, the amazing structure of fungi, the specializations of plants and the incredible complexity of the animal kingdom, seen through an electron microscope - a breathtaking trip into the five kingdoms of living things. This unique program, based on a scientific approach and featuring images that have never been seen before, offers another dimension of reality, a reality that is measured in micrometers. Nanocam is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in.

    • Intended Audience: Teens
  • One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
    One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Together, Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu locate the Big Dipper, the North Star and the Moon in the night sky. Use your imagination to explore the moon. Return to earth and discover that even though we live far away, we all live under the same sky.

    • Intended Audience: Ages 5-8
  • Our Violent Planet
    Experience all the great earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes of recent history. Learn about the power within the Earth, and how we should appreciate it. Why do all these events occur, and what can we do to be ready for them? Find out in Our Violent Planet!

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Out There: The Quest for Extrasolar Worlds
    In this journey learn about the wonders we have already unlocked in the universe, and discover other worlds much like our own. The number of extrasolar planets has sky rocketed in recent year and so has the interest. Join us in Out There: The quest for extrasolar worlds

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Phantom of the Universe
    The show is previewing the hoped for discovery of this phantom (dark matter) in underground experiments and at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as addressing the discovery of dark matter in astrophysics. This new show features Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton as narrator, with sound effects from an Academy Award winning team at Skywalker Sound, and guidance from Nobel Laureate George Smoot. The director is Joao Pequenao, head of the Media Lab at CERN. Carey Ann Strelecki, a consultant on "An Inconvenient Truth," was the writer and producer.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Pink Floyd is the classic rock that everyone loves. The 5.1 surround sound music is set to immersive and surrealistic CG effects in a dome environment. The album covers topics of abuse, isolation, conflict and greed which some parents may not find suitable for children. Recommended for ages 14+.

    • Intended Audience: Adults
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Pink Floyd is the classic rock that everyone loves. The 5.1 surround sound music is set to immersive and surrealistic CG effects in a dome environment. The album covers topics of abuse, isolation, conflict and greed which some parents may not find suitable for children. Recommended for ages 14+.

    • Intended Audience: Adults
  • Rosetta
    For a long time, humans gazed at comets when they appeared in the sky and wondered about these mysterious objects. Today, we know that comets carry a lot of secrets about the Solar System, such as how water formed. For the first time in history, a spacecraft has chased and landed on a comet. Rosetta is the name of the European Space Agency�s spacecraft which accomplished the challenging feat in November 2014. Rosetta, along with its lander Philae, traveled for 10 years and a distance five times the distance between the Earth and the Sun to reach the comet.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Season of Light
    This show recounts the historical, religious, and cultural rituals practiced during the time of the winter solstice -- not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, and Hopi. It takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by for a visit as well.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    Grades K-6. Join two children on a magical journey through the Solar System, aided by a talking astronomy book, a cardboard rocket, and a vivid imagination. During this imaginative show, audiences will land on Venus, fly through the rings of Saturn, and discover the secrets of the Solar System.

    • Intended Audience: Children
  • Spacepark 360
    Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer! Parental Warning: This show contains modern rock music. Lyrics contained in this show may be inappropriate for young kids.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Spacepark 360: Infinity
    SpacePark360: Infinity is a set of fulldome movies designed to recreate the experience of amusement park thrill rides - roller coasters, pendulums, inverters and more. Seen from the rider's perspective, SpacePark360: Infinity takes the state-of-the-art technologies of fulldome systems and combines them with heart pounding thrill rides to create a unique entertainment show never seen before on the dome. Spacepark 360: Infinity takes us even farther with 9 new rides from the aurora filled skies of Earth, to a far away exoplanet and even a trip to the Sun!

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Spooky Space
    Looking for cosmic fun this Halloween season? Would you like to meet the spectacular stars of Halloween? Monsters, zombies, and ghosts and their far more terrible counterparts in space? Oh yes, space has its monsters: Black holes, zombie stars, and spectacular ghostly nebulae! Explore these spooky wonders of the night sky here at the planetarium. Learn about the celestial origins of Halloween and how it is an astronomical holiday.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Stars of the Pharaohs
    Grades 5 and up. Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. You'll learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena. And thanks to the time Digital Theater's production team spent on location in Egypt taking photographs and measurements, you'll see some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in their original splendor.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • The Hot and Energetic Universe
    The planetarium documentary The Hot and Energetic Universe presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images the achievements of the modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics. AHEAD is a project funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon2020 (Access to large scale facilities). It is led by IAPS/INAF in Rome and involves most Universities and Research institutes which are involved in High Energy Astrophysics in Europe. The project aims to combine the efforts of all these Institutes in the analysis of X-ray data and facilitate the access to infrastructures distributed across Europe.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • The Sun, Our Living Star
    The Sun, Our Living Star reveals the impact our star has on every aspect of our lives here on Earth. Explore the Sun’s role in allowing and maintaining life, from photosynthesis to humanity. Discover how the Sun dictates our days, seasons and years. Delve into the history of the Sun’s impact on human religion and culture. Learn about the Sun’s dynamic nature — what appears as a flat disk in the sky is in fact a violent and evolving celestial body, burning 600 million tons of hydrogen every second. The Sun, Our Living Star allows viewers to experience the Sun in a new way, with never-before-seen images of its turbulent surface in immersive fulldome format, revealing its power and variability in breathtaking detail.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Two Small Pieces of Glass
    Four hundred years ago, a simple adjustment to a child's spyglass revealed for the first time an infinite and perplexing universe to our eyes and imaginations. Join us today, as the world's great telescopes, born of that serendipitous moment, gaze farther into the distant past - and into our future.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA
    The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a 2.5 meter telescope carried aboard a Boeing 747 airplane. Fly with SOFIA in this UT Arlington Planetarium original production and discover the science that is expected from this amazing new telescope. Learn how stars and planets are formed as we explore all parts of the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • Violent Universe
    The beauty of a starlit sky conceals the violent forces at work within our universe. From the upheaval of a giant star that explodes to release its material into space, to a future encounter between the Earth and a large asteroid that is too close for comfort, we will witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart. Narrated by Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone
  • We Are Astronomers
    Do you know what an astronomer does? Today's astronomer is not the lone observer of past centuries. We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Narrated by David Tennant.

    • Intended Audience: Everyone