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.

Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon

This landmark presentation is the first collaborative effort between the Jenks High School Planetarium and TASM, made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing.  This show chronicles the journey to the Moon undertaken by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins.  You’ll learn more about the science and technology that got us to the Moon and see actual historical footage from NASA, and even see what it would be like to stand on the Lunar surface!

 

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.

Planetarium Show Schedule

MONDAY – FRIDAY

11:00 AM

Earth, Moon & Sun + Solar System Tour

12:00 PM

Star Tour + Black Holes

1:00 PM

Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon + Flight to the Moon: LRO and LCROSS

2:00 PM

Stars + Star Tour

3:00 PM

Faster than Light

SATURDAY

11:00 AM

Stars + Star Tour

12:00 PM

Apollo 11: Man’s First Step onto the Moon

1:00 PM

Star Tour + Black Holes

2:00 PM

From Dream to Discovery + Journey to Mars

3:00 PM

Star Tour + Faster than Light

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.