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.

Dream To Fly

A poetic story about the history of aviation. 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. Experience the adventure and discover how this immense and challenging dream, for which mankind has striven since the beginning of history… came true.

 

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

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity + LCROSS: A Journey to the Moon

1:00 PM

Faster Than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight + NASA’s Future of Human Space Exploration

2:00 PM

STARS + Journey to the Center of the Milky Way

3:00 PM

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA + NASA’s Journey to Mars

SATURDAY

11:00 AM

STARS + NASA’s Journey to Mars

12:00 PM

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

1:00 PM

Earth, Moon & Sun + Solar System Tour

2:00 PM

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

3:00 PM

Dream to Fly + NASA’s International Space Station

Presentation show schedule subject to change.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – The Force Awakens at TASM

Due to a special event on this day, there will be no regularly planned Full-Dome Planetarium Shows. Instead we will be showing Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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.