Show Schedule

September Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Fractals Rock! Friday, September 16th 6:30 PM Fractals are all around us in the natural world, spanning a huge range of scales. The same patterns repeat themselves again and again, from the tiny branching of our blood vessels and neurons to the branching of trees, lightning bolts, and river networks.  Fractals also serve as intricately beautiful representations of the otherwise abstract world of mathematics.  They're surprisingly simple to make, but the closer you look at them, the more complexities you find.  Fractals Rock will take you on a visual tour of the endless fractal patterns of nature and magnify for you the infinite complexity of mathematical art. 
Escher's Universe Friday, September 16th 8:00 PM

Escher’s Universe is based on the life and work of the multifaceted Maurits Cornelis Escher.

Was he an artist, an astronomer, a mathematician, a traveler?

This show will take us to the artist’s studio where his most iconic works are displayed. From this intimate and emotional place, we’ll visit Escher’s particular universe and we will be surprised by his ability to join Science and Art.

He uses mathematics, astronomy, optics, crystallography and geometry in his creations to artistically explain very complex concepts addressed by Cosmology. Escher’s shapes, three-dimensional reconstructions, dual worlds, unreal buildings or impossible continuities reveal his passion for knowledge.

Stars of the AK Sky Friday, September 23rd 6:30 PM Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our fall nights. You'll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!
Above Alaska Friday, September 23rd 8:00 PM The aurora are running wild in the Land of the Midnight Sun! Above Alaska takes you to the remote forests and mountains of the Great Land to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k fulldome format, the show features some of the best aurora displays from the last two years as filmed from different locations throughout the state. You'll see and experience the aurora the same way as Alaskans do, but without the frostbite! 

October Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Undiscovered Worlds Friday, October 14th 6:30 PM Through the discovery of exoplanets – the hundreds of planets that have been found orbiting stars beyond the Sun – we have learned that our solar system is not alone in the universe and have had to redefine our understanding of planets and solar systems. With rapidly improving technology and recent endeavors like the Kepler Telescope, the discovery of exoplanets represents one step closer to the possibility of finding an Earth-like world. How will this change how we view our place in the universe?
Scales of the Universe Friday, October 14th 8:00 PM How big is the Universe? Does it go on forever? What is the most distant object we can see? We'll answer all of these questions and more in a special all-live presentation. Starting from the Earth, we will fly out of our Solar System, beyond our galaxy the Milky Way, and to the edge of the observable Universe!
 Habitat Earth Friday, October 21st 6:30 PM

In Habitat Earth, plunge below the ocean’s surface to explore the dynamic relationships found in deep ocean ecosystems; dig beneath the forest floor to see how Earth’s tallest trees rely on tiny fungi to survive; and soar to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks.

Narrated by Frances McDormand, our award-winning original planetarium show features stunning visualizations of both biological and human-built networks (and of how they intersect), taking show-goers on an incredible, immersive journey through the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

Nanocam Friday, October 21st 8:00 PM

The show that shrinks you down to the size of an insect and flies you through the eye of a needle.

Nanocam: a trip into biodiversity is a microscopic joyride into the five kingdoms of life. With the latest 3D animation technology and based on real electron microscope imagery, this show offers a unique, motivating, didactic and funny approach to biology that has never been seen like this before.

Join Hugo and Marcos as they rush to finish an assignment before heading off to the big game.  But when they find the Nanocam microscope simulator online, their tedious task turns into a fascinating voyage of discovery into worlds they'd never dreamed of before. 

Stars of the AK Sky Friday, October 28th 6:30 PM Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our fall nights. You'll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!
Halloween Music Show Friday, October 28th 8:00 PM  

November Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Earthquake Friday, November 11th 6:30 PM

A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.  After a stunning flight over the San Andreas Fault, audiences travel back in time to experience San Francisco's infamous 1906 earthquake.  Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth's story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons - and how geological activity influences the course of human history.  Finally, see how scientists and engineers help society prepare for a safer future.

Dynamic Earth Friday, November 11th 8:00 PM

Dynamic Earth is an immersive fulldome program that explores 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. Brought to you by the creators of "Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity." 

Stars of the AK Sky Friday, November 18th 6:30 PM Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our fall nights. You'll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!
Black Holes Friday, November 18th 8:00 PM This fulldome show from Thomas Lucas Productions was developed in collaboration with Denver Museum of Nature & Science, NOVA and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Narrated by Academy-Award nominated actor Liam Neeson, this cutting-edge production features high-resolution visualizations to bring the current science of black holes onto the dome.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 into the super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy.

December Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Seeing Friday, December 9th 6:30 PM

SEEING: A Photon’s Journey Across Space and Mind is a 22-minute full-immersion planetarium program, which uses hemispheric animations and video to teach how human vision works. Imagery from all over the world including humanity, landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife and of space are the backdrop for photo-realistic animations to create the story of a photon’s journey from the belly of a star, across the galaxy, to a young stargazer’s eye. The photon’s journey is completed when it’s energy is converted into an electro-chemical impulse that then travels the neuro pathways of the brain and the various centers that create the image the mind sees.

Neurotours Friday, December 9th 8:00 PM

In Neurotours, the latest neuroimaging technology becomes our observatory to discover the inner frontier of human consciousness. Through a live-presented planetarium show, real brain images come alive around us as we scale our inner universe.

During the tour we'll explore imagery on the scales ranging from the size of the entire head down to the sub-cellular scale, millions of times smaller. It takes us flying through the skull to the outer layers of the cerebral cortex, exploring sub-components of the brain, wandering through neurons, and much more.

Throughout the journey, you get an unprecedented view of our place in the universe, and in turn, where the universe is represented in our brain (it is!). For most people, Neurotours is their first immersive live-travel inside a real human brain...a truly mind-blowing experience!

Stars of the AK Sky Friday, December 16th 6:30 PM Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you were seeing? What is that bright object on the horizon? And where is the Big Dipper? In a special all-live presentation, we'll take you on a tour of the night sky and show you what you can see during our fall nights. You'll learn about what constellations are visible, how to look for the moon, and what planets you can see. And best of all, it will be a balmy 68 degrees inside the planetarium!
Titled Solstice Friday, December 16th 8:00 PM

A live presentation on the winter or summer solstice and our tilted little world.  Presented by Planetarium Manager, Omega Smith.  

This show will go over the history, mythology and astronomy behind the shortest or longest day of the year.

 

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Please note that this schedule may need to change.  If the demand is high, we will work to offer additional shows.  To be notified when new public shows are scheduled or the schedule changes, please join our mailing list.

Online Ticket Prices:
  • FREE for current UAA Planetarium Members
  • $10 for Adults
  • $ 5 for UAA Students (w/ valid ID)
  • $ 5 for Children (4-18 years)

Tickets sold in advance at UAATix.com.

At the Door Ticket Prices*:
  • FREE for current UAA Planetarium Members
  • $12 for Adults
  • $ 6 for UAA Students (w/ valid ID)
  • $ 6 for Children (4-18 years)
  • At the Door sales are credit card only

*ticket prices have been raised to include the ticketing fee

We have shows every week September-April except the first Friday. Our schedule continues into the summer with at least 2 show nights a month. Our 60 minute shows usually highlights one of our immersive, fulldome films followed by a presentation from one of our community's expert scientists, plus time for questions from the audience at the end of every show. We also have our all-live planetarium shows which feature the immense Planetarium database where one of our Astronomers will fly you through the Scales of the Universe, Stars of the Alaskan Sky, or show you our Tilted Solstice.

Because of the popularity of our public shows, we strongly recommend that you reserve seats in advance at UAATix.com Because the theater is dark and can be scary for young children, we do not recommend bringing children under the age of 4. Some shows have bright lights and moving scenery which could cause motion sickness or seizures. There are routes out of the planetarium if you start to feel any ill effects.

Individual and Student members may reserve one seat per show, while Family and Organizational members (and above) may reserve up to four seats per show.  Online reservations are free for members, and non-members can purchase tickets online with a credit card.  Seats may typically be reserved online until 5pm the day of the show. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the show.  We will be accepting cash and card at the door. Even if a show is sold out, we typically have a few seats available on the night of the show.  The planetarium will open for seating 30 minutes before each show.  You must be in the theater 10 minutes before the show starts.  Unclaimed reserve seats will be released after this time to stand-by customers.  There is no entry after the show begins.

For questions about the planetarium, our shows, or how to make reservations on UAATix.com, please contact the planetarium staff via email at planetarium@alaska.edu or by phone at (907) 786-1838.  Should you require to cancel your public show reservations, please let us know!  Unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds for purchased tickets after the fact.  

Can't make it on Friday nights? Don't like sitting next to strangers in a dark room? You and up to 63 friends can book the planetarium for a private show! Our private shows are available all year long and can be tailored to your request. We have discounted rates for school and youth groups as well. For pricing and availability email us at planetarium@alaska.edu.