Planetarium

The James E. Bertelsmeyer Planetarium provides an exciting educational experience by pairing stunning high-definition visuals with state of the art technology in a fully-immersive theater atmosphere. In addition to daily screenings of full-dome videos, we also present interactive programs ranging from basic astronomy to earth science.

TASM’s planetarium inspires curiosity seekers to explore our universe and discover the wonders of Earth.

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Black Holes, The Other Side of Infinity

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 super-massive black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way Galaxy.  This production is narrated by actor Liam Neeson.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth is an immersive fulldome documentary that explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system.  The show uses stunning visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations to explore the interlocking systems that shape our climate; the atmosphere, hydrosphere (oceans) and biosphere.  Visitors will find the science captivating, the images enthralling and the narrative, by actor Liam Neeson, compelling.

 

Dream to Fly

People have always wanted to fly. From ancient myths of the phoenix and the flying carpet to legends of flying gods and dragons, humans have treasured the dream to fly like the birds. The ancient Chinese achieved flight of a sort with their kites, and Hindus believed in vimanas carrying warriors through the skies. Artist and visionary inventor Leonardo da Vinci sketched out his dreams of flight by mechanical means, and kept the dream alive.

 

Stars

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of “STARS”.

 

Earth, Moon & Sun

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of the coyote, an amusing character.  Adapted from Native American stories oral traditions who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.  Native American stories are used throughout the show to help distinguish between myths and science.

 

Faster than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Scientists now believe our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to 9 billion Sun-like stars with planets similar to Earth. Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future. Based on entirely new technologies designed to achieve ultra-high speeds, using exotic next generation rocket fuels and breakthrough concepts in physics. How far can our technology take us?

From Dream to Discovery:  Inside NASA

Join NASA’s engineers as they design, test, and launch today’s hottest missions into space. Witness the enormity of the new James Webb Space Telescope, the intensity of Goddard Space Flight Center’s testing facilities, and the excitement of the New Horizons mission to Pluto. From blueprint to blastoff, experience how unmanned space flight is pushing the frontiers of human exploration to the very edges of the universe! Produced by the Museum of Science, Boston.

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Two Small Pieces of Glass – The Amazing Telescope fulldome show follows two students as they interact with a female astronomer at a local star party.  Along the way, the students learn the history of the telescope from Galileo’s modifications to a child’s spyglass — using two small pieces of glass — to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy.  Aiming to engage and appeal to audiences of all ages, the show explores the wonder and discovery made by astronomers throughout the last 400 years.

Planetarium Show Schedule

MONDAY – FRIDAY

11:00 AM

Earth, Moon & Sun + Solar System Tour

12:00 PM

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity + International Space Station

1:00 PM

Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight + Journey to the Center of the Milky Way

2:00 PM

STARS + Journey to Mars

3:00 PM

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA + Future of Human Space Exploration

SATURDAY

11:00 AM

STARS + NASA’s Journey to Mars

12:00 PM

Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight + NASA’s Journey to Mars

1:00 PM

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity + Live Constellations Show

2:00 PM

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA + NASA’s Future of Human Space Flight

3:00 PM

Two Small Pieces of Glass + Live Constellations Show

Presentation show schedule subject to change.

Planetarium Guidelines

  • Shows begin on the hour, and doors open 5 minutes prior to showtime for general seating
  • No entry after doors close – late arrivals may attend the next presentation
  • Admission & seating for 110 viewers on a first-come, first-served basis
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the planetarium

Special Thanks

We’d like to thank the James Bertelsmeyer Family Foundation, Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation, H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, Ray and Linda Booker, The Williams Foundation, The Oxley Foundation, and Aircraft Specialties Services for their support of this vital project.