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Show Schedule

May Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Birth of Planet Earth Friday, May 20th 6:30 PM & 8:00 PM Presented by UAA Biologist, Dr. Brandon Briggs. Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

June Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Sunstuck Friday, June 17th 6:30 PM Travel back to the beginning of time and experience the birth of the sun. Discover how it came to support life, how it threatens life as we know it, and how its energy will one day fade away. This NASA funded full dome planetarium show is available for free to planetariums worldwide.
Tilted Solstice Friday, June 17th 8:00 PM

A live presentation on the 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.

From Dream to Discovery Friday, June 24th 6:30 PM While science focuses on discovering things about our natural world, engineering and invention is a purely human endeavor. It requires innovation, teamwork, experimentation, planning, and patience. By featuring real NASA missions that highlight the extreme nature of space engineering, the goal of the Museum of Science's planetarium show is to get middle school students and the general public excited about spacecraft engineering and interested in the engineering process. The five major aspects of a mission lifecycle—design, construction, testing, launch, and operations—are highlighted through examples of NASA missions, including the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the James Webb Space Telescope. Each of the show’s three sections starts with a setup question that defines the “problem” that an engineering team aims to solve, giving audiences a balanced, large-scale overview of spacecraft engineering, described contextually using exciting, real-life projects. The show’s major themes include problem solving to cope with expected—and unexpected—challenges, the importance of advance planning and testing, learning from mistakes, and working with a team.

 

Phantom of the Universe Friday, June 24th 8:00 PM

The show reveals the first hints of its existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term "dark matter." It describes the astral choreography witnessed by Vera Rubin in the Andromeda galaxy and then plummets deep underground to see the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth, housed in a former gold mine.

From there, it journeys across space and time to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, speeding alongside particles before they collide in visually stunning explosions of light and sound, while learning how scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter.

July Shows

Show Title Show Date Show Time Show Description
Birth of Planet Earth Friday, July 8th 6:30 PM Presented by UAA Biologist, Dr. Brandon Briggs. Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
Dynamic Earth Friday, July 8th 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." 

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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.