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Asteroid Impact Mission
2016

07:42

If an asteroid was ever headed our way, what could be done about it? ESA and NASA plan to test if a technique called kinetic impact would work to deflect it. The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment mission is made up of two spacecraft: the US-led Double Asteroid Redirection Test and the European-led Asteroid Impact Mission.

For ages 10+

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Back To The Moon For Good
2013

24:40

A showcase of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which was designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for the eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon.

For ages 10+

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CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story
2019

26:01

An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

For ages 10+

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Citizen Sky: Epsilon Aurigae
2010

06:15

This program describes eclipsing binary stars, light curves, and the Citizen Sky project, a multi-year, citizen science project focusing on the bright variable star, Epsilon Aurigae.

For ages 10+

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Cosmic Castaways
2013

19:40

A showcase of stars that find themselves on their own, deep within voids between galaxies. These stars are unlike most others that lie within the crowded boundaries of galaxies, travelling with their brothers and sisters in a vast galactic family. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

For ages 10+

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Cosmic Christmas
2018

38:50

This light show features 12 popular holiday songs set to a variety of unique and distinct visuals, from candy canes and presents to reindeer and snowmen, that are tightly synced to the music.

For ages 6+

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Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
2015

27:53

An overview of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, a tool installed on the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. The show covers basics of spectroscopy, galactic/extragalactic gas, quasars as sources of background light, and cosmic evolution. (Excerpt from Loch Ness Productions)

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Dark
2012

20:00

This program explains and explores dark matter, the missing 80% of the mass of the Universe. The audience is introduced to the idea of dark matter, why astronomers think it exists, and provided an explanation why radio astronomy is so well-suited to its discovery. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Distant Worlds - Alien Life?
2016

53:00

This film explores one of the most enduring questions of humankind with which for millennia our ancestors have wrestled with - are we alone? Earth is the only planet we know for sure to be inhabited, but the universe is a vast place filled with billions and blillions of stars and planets. (Excerpt from European Southern Observatory)

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Earth, Moon, Sun
2009

24:55

A look at the Earth, Moon, Sun system and how it has influenced life on Earth. Also included in this program are tides, the phases of the Moon, seasons, and eclipses. (Excerpt from Northern Kentucky University Haile Planetarium)

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Eclipses and Phases of the Moon
2016

20:00

An overview of Earth's companion, the Moon, which appears at night and sometimes even during the day. Its physical features and phases fascinate us and for brief moments, known as solar eclipses, it upstages the Sun. (Excerpt from Physics Foundry)

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Einstein's Gravity Playlist
2018

22:41

Join Lucia, a PhD student in physics, on an exploration of how gravitational waves are formed, how they move through the universe, and how scientists like her work to hear them. (Excerpt from European Southern Observatory)

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Fragile Planet
2008

25:42

Leave Planet Earth behind as you fly to the farthest reaches of the Universe. Float up through Earth’s atmosphere, and gain an astronaut’s view of your home — the only planet currently known to support life. Then travel to the Moon, Mars, and even beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might support extraterrestrial life.

For ages 8+

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From Earth To The Universe
2015

31:41

This program takes the audience out of colorful birthplaces and the burial grounds of stars, and still further beyond the Milky Way to the unimaginable immensity of a myriad of glaxies. A history of astronomy, the invention of the telescope, and today's giant telescopes are included. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Halloween: Celestial Origins
2017

24:16

Learn the history of Halloween and how it fits into the seasons as a cross-quarter day. The program will also explore the night sky and learn what planets, constellations, and stars are out on Halloween night. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Infinity Express
2001

24:30

An exciting journey of discovery, from the search of the solar system to the mapping of the universe. It is a remarkable blend of science, art, and entertainment that dramatically communicates the latest breakthroughs in our quest to understand the universe. (Excerpt from Sky-Skan)

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Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way
2014

06:37

Travel faster than light, from the driest place on Earth, right to the centre of our own galaxy, where a black hole is consuming anything that strays into its path. Eighty-four million stars will appear, each hiding mysteries waiting to be solved. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Losing the Dark
2013

06:25

Losing the Dark is a "public service announcement" planetarium show. It introduces and illustrates some of the issues regarding light pollution, and suggests three simple actions people can take to help mitigate it.

For ages 8+

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Magic Tree House: Space Mission
2011

32:27

Travel with the brother-sister duo, Jack and Annie, in their Magic Tree House as they discover a note that asks them to answer a series of six questions about space. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

For ages 3+

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Out There: The Quest For Extrasolar Worlds
2017

30:27

With the world’s most powerful telescopes, more and more of the Universe can be explored. What's been found so far has surpassed even the wildest expectations of scientists as well as authors of science fiction. This program showcases the huge diversity of different worlds out there just waiting to be discovered. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Passport to the Universe
2018

18:18

Journeying from our Solar System to the Virgo Supercluster and back again, get an astronaut’s-eye view of the incredible objects that constitute our Universe and an inspiring reminder of the limitlessness of human imagination and ingenuity. (Excerpt from California Academy of Sciences)

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Phantom of the Universe - The Hunt for Dark Matter
2017

27:29

This is an exciting exploration of dark matter, from the Big Bang to its anticipated discovery at the Large Hadron Collider. How scientists around the world are collaborating to track down the constituents of dark matter is also included. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Seasonal Stargazing
2007

14:00

This program gives the audience an overview of what is in the night sky for each of the four seasons. Each season is represented by a separate program and each program is available in full length (14:00) or abbreviated length (7:00).

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SEEING: A Photon’s Journey Across Space and Mind
2016

26:35

This show follows a photon’s creation and journey across the galaxy to a young stargazer’s eye. The viewer follows the photon into the girl’s eye, learning the structures of the eye and their functions, prior to taking a ride on the optic nerve. Along the way the program examines how the eye works, how technology has enabled us to restore vision and prevent a variety of diseases that affect sight. (Excerpt from Zeiss Planetariums)

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Sizing Up Space
2009

12:51

This program explores the scale of the universe. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Space Shapes
2010

08:54

Space Shapes discusses different round shapes in space for young audiences.

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Ted's Space Adventure
2018

20:00

This show is aimed at children, ca 3-5 years old. Here we follow Ted on a journey around the Solar System in search of the perfect planet to plant his plant. His plant will need sunshine, rain and soil. Sing along as we slowly eliminate any place that is too warm, too cold, too poisonous or too dusty. (Excerpt from Lund Observatory)

For ages 3+

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The Hot and Energetic Universe
2016

29:38

This documentary presents with the use of Immersive Visualisations and real images, the achievements of modern astronomy, the most advanced terrestrial and orbital observatories, the basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the natural phenomena related to the High Energy Astrophysics. (Excerpt from European Southern Obsevratory)

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The Incredible Sun
2016

11:22

Discover our star through breathtaking timelapses. Thanks to the real images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory and processed by advanced mathematical methods, you will experience the true nature of the Sun and find out that it is far from being as calm as it seems at first glance. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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The Sun, Our Living Star
2018

24:43

The Sun has shone on our world for four and a half billion years. The light that warms our skin today has been felt by every person who has ever lived. It is our nearest star and our planet’s powerhouse, the source of the energy that drives our winds, our weather and all life. The program will uncover the secrets of our star and offer brilliant imagery of the Sun’s violent surface. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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To Space and Back
2013

25:10

An incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Totality
2017

25:06

This program is all about eclipses, from lunar to total solar. Audiences learn how they occur and what happens when they do. The program also reviews the proof of general relativity and looks torward upcoming eclipses and where to witness them. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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Two Small Pieces of Glass - The Amazing Telescope
2016

22:45

This program 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, to the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the future of astronomy. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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We Are Stars
2015

25:52

Explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins. Connect life on Earth to the evolution of the Universe by following the formation of Hydrogen atoms to the synthesis of Carbon, and the molecules for life. (Excerpt from Fulldome Database)

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