We are excited to state that the installation of our new planetarium system, Uniview by Sciss, has been successfully completed. This new science visualization platform will inflate our captivating capabilities with increased real-time navigation and the ability to connect to other Uniview domes around the world. To view more about this great new addition to our theater please visit http://sciss.se/uniview.

ShowsOur theater is open to the public for our Friday show nights. We have shows every week except the first Friday of the month and during UAA closures and holidays. Shows start at 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Our 60 minute shows usually highlights one of our immersive, fulldome films (listed below) 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.

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@uaa.alaska.edu.


Our current public show schedule is listed below.  Click on the links to jump to the show descriptions further down the page.

Friday, January 15th

Friday, January 22nd
  • 6:30 pm - Earthquake presented by Robert Witter, USGS
  • 8:00 pm - Black Holes presented by Planetarium Director and Astronomer, Dr. Erin Hicks

Friday, January 29th

Friday, February 12th

Friday, February 19th
  • 6:30 pm - Origins of Life presented by UAA Biological Sciences Professor, Dr. Ian van Tets
  • 8:00 pm - Natural Selection presented by Microbiologist Catherine Pongratz

Friday, February 26th
  • 6:30 pm - Above Alaska presented by UAA Professor and Astronomer, Dr. Travis Rector
  • 8:00 pm - Coloring the Universe by UAA Professor and Astronomer, Dr. Travis Rector

Friday, March 11th
  • 6:30 pm - Neurodome Premier with Neuroscience Visualizer Lesa Hollen
  • 8:00 pm - Neurodome Premier with Neuroscience Visualizer Lesa Hollen

Friday, March 25th
  • 6:30 pm Coloring the Universe by UAA Professor and Astronomer, Dr. Travis Rector
  • 8:00 pmAbove Alaska presented by UAA Professor and Astronomer, Dr. Travis Rector

Friday, April 8th

Friday, April 15th

Friday, April 22nd

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 payment options: cash, check and credit card!

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. More info regarding our public shows is at the bottom of this page.

*ticket prices have been raised to include the ticketing fee, thank you. 


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The following programs are currently "in rotation" on our public show schedule, and most are also available for private group showings. If you don't see one of these shows on our current schedule, just wait! We now have so many great shows, it may take a few months to fit a given show back into the schedule. Most of these shows will continue to be available for years to come, so stay tuned for your favorites to return.


Extrasolar Planets with Dr. Angelle Tanner

Angelle Tanner

This show is presented by Mississippi State University Professor in Astrophysicist , Dr. Angelle Tanner.

Dr. Tanner has been interested in finding habitable planets outside our solar system since she was quite young. Her research is focused on multiple methods of extrasolar planet detection including using radial velocities, astrometry and direct imaging. She is also involved in research programs devoted to understanding the properties of the stars around which we are looking for planets. These properties include a star's size, rotational velocity, activity and whether it has a dusty debris disk. By knowing the architecture of planetary systems as well as the properties of their host stars, we also learn more about how those planets formed and evolved and how many similar systems exist in our Galaxy. Dr. Tanner hopes to be a primary contributor to the inevitable discovery of life on a nearby, Earth-like planet.

Above Alaska

Above AlaskaThe 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!
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.

Coloring the Universe

Coloring the UniverseEveryone loves astronomy pictures, but have you ever wondered if they are real? Do they show objects as they really look and how they are made? In a special all-live presentation, UAA Astronomer Travis Rector answers all these questions and more. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Rector has been privileged to make more than 200 color pictures with some of the world's largest and most powerful telescopes, including those at Kitt Peak National Observatory, Gemini Observatory, and even the Hubble Space Telescope. He will share a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to use these telescopes, and how pictures are made from the images they collect. He will use the Planetarium to share with you stories from his new book. 
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.

Pursuing the Dwarfs

Pursuing the DwarfsThe categorization of Dwarf Planets sets the world in two parts...one who loved Pluto as a planet and the others who preferred a simpler cataloging of celestial bodies...Dwarf Planets are the worlds too small to be considered a full-fledged planet, but are too large to be classified as Asteroids. These are the Ancient Relics of our Solar System. They were born the same way as our eight Planets, but somehow along the way, they stopped developing further. These embryonic Planets hold the key to the secrets of Planetary Evolution. Today, five small bodies fit the category of Dwarf Planets, but there are more waiting to join the list. Our advanced probes, like 'New Horizons' and 'Dawn' are seeking the unknown. Let's take a glimpse of the wee class of Dwarf Planets in our Full Dome show 'Pursuing the Dwarfs.'Pursuing the Dwarfs is one hour in length, featuring 15 minutes of fulldome film accompanied by a guided tour by a UAA Astronomer of the recent discoveries of our Solar System.

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.


Exploding Universe

Exploding Universe, UAA Planetarium Out of devastating events in the cosmos comes new creation. Explosive phenomena are responsible for the way we see the universe today, and not all of them happen on a grand scale.

When giant stars explode as "supernovas," they seed the galaxies with heavy elements that make planets and life possible. Some collisions we are only just now starting to understand. For example, when Black Holes collide, they can throw off some of the most energetic particles known, ripping and warping space as they go. Other "explosions" have profound effects as well, such as the beauty and power of supervolcanoes which have contributed to the transformation of our world into the life bearing oasis we now enjoy. The smallest of explosions, such as the forced impact of atoms, can echo the foundation events of the early universe.

As the universe has transformed into the structure we live in now, even the most elementary particles have endured. This show follows the path of one of these "particles," a proton, as it participates in nature's astounding events of rebirth and renewal. (32 min.)

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 

River of Bears

UAA Planetarium River of BearsCome to Alaska to see the largest gathering of bears in the world! Shot in stunning 4k fulldome video, River of Bears takes you to the legendary McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, where more than one hundred brown bears congregate each summer to fish, mate and prepare for the harsh Alaska winter. Immerse yourself in this wild setting while learning from experts how the bears navigate one another with remarkable intelligence in order to survive. You will never see these iconic animals the same way again.  

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 

Two Small Pieces of Glass

UAA Planetarium Show: Two Small Pieces of GlassEngaging and appealing to audiences of all ages, Two Small Pieces of Glass is a fulldome show that 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.

While looking through the astronomer's telescope, the students, along with the planetarium audience, explore the Galilean Moons, Saturn's rings, and spiral structure of galaxies. During their conversation with the astronomer, they also learn about the discoveries of Galileo, Huygens, Newton, Hubble and many others.  (23 minutes)

Additional Languages: Russian.

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.


Back to the Moon for Good

Back to the Moon for Good PosterBack To The Moon For Good begins with a tour through the history of lunar exploration, tracing back to the 1960s and 1970s. We hear from some of the teams racing to land a robotic spacecraft on the moon and win the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The audience is taken on a successful launch, landing and tour of the lunar surface. The show ends with an enticing visualization of a future settlement on the moon. The stunning visuals and compelling narrative of the show explain the importance of the Google Lunar XPRIZE in encouraging today's space entrepreneurs and innovators to collaborate toward building a new space economy while inspiring the next generation to "shoot for the moon." 
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

Stars of The Alaskan Sky

Planetarium Show - Stars of the Alaskan Sky
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!

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above


Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe

UAA Planetarium Chasing the Ghost ParticleDeep in the ice at the heart of Antarctica, IceCube, the biggest and strangest detector in the world waits for mysterious messengers from the cosmos. Scientists are using tiny and elusive particles called neutrinos to explore the most extreme places in the universe. These ghostly neutrinos give us an exclusive way to study powerful cosmic engines like exploding stars and black holes. 

In this 30-minute show, stunning simulations of the most energetic places in our universe, and the galaxies around us, are the prelude to a thrilling journey inside IceCube, looking for traces of neutrino collisions in the ice. From one of the most remote locations on Earth to the unexplored regions of the cosmos, Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe will take you on a journey you won't forget. (30 minutes)


Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.

Audio Dome: The Fall

Audio Dome June 13, 2014Join DJ Wildebeest on his last adventure through The Cosm and his fall. This is DJ Wildebeest's 7th and final show. Viewers will be sent into space to see classic Audio Dome visuals as well as many new ones. DJ Wildebeest will be spinning a mix of Electronic and Dubstep, playing such artists as Daft Punk, Doctor P, and Queens of the Stone Age. Language warning, seizure warning, volume warning.

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above 


IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System

UAA Planetarium Show: IBEXThis fulldome presentation follows the construction, launch, and early science results of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer mission (IBEX). The spacecraft never gets farther than the orbit of the Moon, but by collecting fast-moving particles that have traveled 10 billion miles to the heliosheath and back, IBEX is mapping where the Sun's influence ends and interstellar space begins. Created at Chicago's Adler Planetarium with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), this program is narrated by two inquisitive teenagers and features interviews with the scientists and engineers who have put their creative energies into this fascinating mission. (28 minutes)
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.

Scales of the Universe

Scales of the UniverseHow 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!

Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above

Fractals Rock!

fractalsFractals 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 Forest will take you on a visual tour of the endless fractal patterns of nature and magnify for you the infinite complexity of mathematical art.  (~40 minutes)
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above


Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Planetarium Show - Black HolesThis 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.(23 minutes) 
Additional Languages: Spanish
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above. 

Awesome Light: Big Mirrors on the Mountain

Planetarium Show- Awesome LightAwesome Light, a fulldome show from the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii, shows discoveries from the giant telescopes of Maunakea.  With unique access to these telescopes, it showcases the latest discoveries from the major international observatories located in Hawaii. Learn about the "Big Mirrors" on the mountain! Voyage into Subaru, Gemini, Keck, and Canada-France-Hawaii observatories to explore exo-planets, supernovae, and stars orbiting around the black hole at the center of our galaxy.  (22 minutes)
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above


Tilted Solstice

UAA Planetarium Show: Tilted SolsticeA live presentation on the winter 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 day of the year.

Public Shows: See show schedule above


Dawn of the Space Age

UAA Planetarium Show: Dawn of the Space AgeRelive the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights.  Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of man's first steps into space.  Who were these men and women who took part in these death-defying endeavors?  Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore in Dawn of the Space Age.  (30- and 41-minute versions)

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Additional Languages: Russian
Private Shows: Now available for scheduling. 
Public Shows: See show schedule above


Nanocam: A Trip to Biodiversity

UAA Planetarium Show: NanocamThe 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.  (28 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.


Natural Selection

UAA Planetarium Show: Natural SelectionIn Victorian times many physical phenomena had already been discovered and described by natural laws, but life's most eloquent mechanism was still unknown. Join the young Charles Darwin on an adventurous voyage of exploration circumnavigating the world with the H.M.S. Beagle. Hear Darwin himself reveal the simple and beautiful mechanism that explains the evolution of all life on Earth: Natural Selection.

This fulldome program was created by Mirage3D, the 3D animation and film studio that brought you the planetarium favorite, "Dawn of the Space Age." This meticulously produced presentation seamlessly brings together photo-realistic animation and real-world footage to immerse you in the wonder of Darwin's world.  (42 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.


Dynamic Earth

Planetarium Show - Dynamic EarthDynamic 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."  (24 minutes)
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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public ShowsSee show schedule above

Origins of Life

UAA Planetarium Show: Origin of LifeThis fulldome program deals with some of the most profound questions in the field of life science. Starting with the Big Bang, Origins of Life deals with prebiotic chemistry in the Universe, the formation of stars and planets, and the first life on Earth. It covers the great extinctions as well as humanity's search for primitive life beyond the Earth. Featuring many recent discoveries related to life science, this motivational journey demonstrates that if there was ever a time when science was making its greatest advances, it's right now! (23 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.


Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet

Planetarium Show - EarthquakeA 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. (23 minutes)

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Private Shows: Now available for scheduling.
Public Shows: See show schedule above.



Because of the popularity of our public shows, we strongly recommend that you reserve seats online in advance.  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 3pm the day of the show (but the day before the show for Saturday Matinees).  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 only accepting cash 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@uaa.alaska.edu or by phone at (907) 786-1838.  Should you require to cancel your public show reservations, please let us know!  But unfortunately, we are not able to offer refunds for purchased tickets after the fact.  We are also now scheduling private group shows!  Please let us know if you would like more information about reserving our theater for a private event.